Accidents in the workplace are not uncommon, but they can be prevented by company owners taking a basic set of steps. These accidents not only cause personal injury, but severe financial losses for the business in question. There are insurance claims to pay out, staff to compensate, and possibly even machinery to fix. It’s not worth the negligence.
All businesses must prioritize online safety, but not at the expense of workplace safety. So, rather than neglecting it, take the time to implement some of the following features. It’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg, and these upfront costs would be worth it to avoid the headache of an incident.
A fully-functioning sprinkler system
Most businesses do have this, there’s no question. But far too often, it only covers the areas that are most likely to succumb to a fire.
But fire spreads, folks – you’ll need to cover every inch of the building in water to stamp it out. That means installing sprinklers so that they cover every inch of your business, even if a fire is never likely to start there. Better safe than sorry, after all. You could possibly even do this yourself – rerouting interior water pipes isn’t a huge job – just be careful the system is secure.
Safety gates and rails
Imagine your business is the child, and this is the baby gate. Slips, trips and falls are among the biggest of workplace accidents, and this is often due to lack of handholds, or gates.
Indeed, using industrial safety gates in your business’s warehouse space could cut a number of accidents. This creates an extra handhold for your staff when climbing to the top of ladders, as well as a barrier to prevent people falling from heights.
Carbon monoxide alarms
If you’re one of the millions of people who doesn’t have a carbon monoxide alarm, you should rectify that immediately. A smoke detector won’t do – the gas can only be detected by its own dedicated system.
Carbon monoxide alarms are incredibly cheap, and easy to install. Just pop down to any hardware store and pick a couple up. They attach to the ceiling as you’d expect, and work right away. Given the size of business buildings, there are plenty of areas that could begin to leak this stuff – and it’s fatal. An alarm gives you the opportunity to save plenty of lives.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment shields your employees from the hazards of the job. By law, it is your right to supply staff with as much protection as possible, in all areas of the workplace.
Examples of PPE are safety glasses, hard hats and earplugs. If equipment for your staff will not make things safer, then the workplace must be adjusted. For example, swapping hazardous chemicals for non-hazardous ones, and adding a guard to drills.
If you have a new member of staff, or a building visitor, this is especially important. Visual aids include things like floor markings, lights and safety posters.
These can help train staff good safety practices and remind them when they forget.