Maintaining Your Employees’ Health and Safety
Maintaining a safe workplace for your employees is absolutely essential nowadays. Ethically, this should be top of your priorities – you want to look after the people who are helping your business to grow and expand and who are supporting your dreams. But there are so many different areas you need to focus on that it can be easy to get a little lost. Here are just a few different things you should look at to ensure your employees are well and safe at all times.
It’s unlikely that you’ll actually have a fire in your small business. But you do really need to be prepared just in case. Fire can prove extremely dangerous when it does break out. The first thing you need to do is ensure your commercial premises have sufficient fire exits. You should then ensure that your employees are aware of where they are – all should be highlighted and signposted with fire exit signage – and you should have a fire protocol in place so that everyone knows where to go once they’ve evacuated the building in the case of fire. On top of this, there should be plenty of working fire alarms fitted. Test these regularly. Next, fit fire extinguishers. There are various types for various types of fire, so make sure your business has all that are necessary to keep everyone safe. All doors should be fire doors. Finally, consider accessories such as fire blankets, fire curtains and a smoke guard.
As well as fire exit signs, you should consider other safety signage in your business. These can be used to highlight potential hazards that you might not be able to change, such as low ceilings and unexpected steps. You also need to make sure that you have signs for temporary problems, such as wet floors. Wet floor signs can alert people to a temporary danger until the issue is rectified.
Invest in Ergonomic Design
A less obvious hazard that faces your employees is issues with things like posture and repetitive moments. You don’t want people to eventually suffer from issues such as repetitive strain injury. So, invest in ergonomic furniture and equipment. These are specially designed pieces of furniture and equipment that will help keep your employees healthy. There are all sorts of items out there, such as ergonomic chairs, desks, wrist supports, keyboards, mice and more. They may cost a little more than standard furniture and equipment, but consider it an investment. You don’t want to be faced with a compensation claim down the line if someone ends up injured.
These are just a few different things you can do to help maintain your employees’ health and safety while they’re at work. Make sure to really focus on this area. It’s important for your employee’s wellbeing. It’s also important for your company’s progression. You want healthy productive employees to get the most from them!