Do you have one or more people working for you? If so, it’s crucial that you ensure they’ve got a safe working environment. If you don’t, it’s likely they could injure themselves while working. And it will also mean you’ll end up in some legal hot water!
Health and safety issues are commonplace in many work environments. The good news is that you can lower the chances of your employees getting injured. How? By keeping their working areas safe, of course!
Keep reading to learn more about how you can boost the safety of your workplace:
Ensure emergency exits are visible and free of obstructions
It doesn’t matter if your employees work in an office or factory environment. What does matter is that they can escape in the event of an emergency! By law, you must have well-marked emergency exits. And, it goes without saying they shouldn’t have anything blocking them!
Should a fire occur, for example, everyone will need to evacuate the premises fast. Make sure you check those emergency exits on a regular basis. If the doors don’t open or things are blocking the way, get those issues fixed.
Have your wiring tested each year
Unless you work in the middle of nowhere, your business premises will have electricity. It makes sense to have the building’s wiring inspected once a year.
What some people don’t realize is that electrical cords can get worn out after a while. And when that happens, you increase the potential for a fire.
Get some experts in to test the wiring and electrical sockets and switches. They use all kinds of gadgets to do those checks, such as a fault loop impedance tester. Once they’re satisfied all is well; they’ll present you with a report.
Have your gas appliances and connections checked each year
It isn’t just electricity that can present a danger to our lives. Gas is also one of the leading causes of injuries and death in the workplace. Do you use gas in your building? If so, you also need to get your gas appliances, and connections checked each year too.
As with the electrical tests, you’ll also get a report to confirm everything’s fine. You might find it’s also a condition of your business insurance to get both tests done.
Have first aid kits available in various locations
Let’s say an employee injures themselves at work, but the injury is only minor. For those cases, it’s best to have first aid kits located on your premises. They can then deal with their injuries themselves.
You should also have an “accident book” to record any injuries. The details you should note include the date and time, and the employee’s name. It’s also worth noting the details surrounding the injury too.
For larger premises, be sure to have designated first aid officers. In a nutshell, these are staff that have received first aid training. For injuries and emergencies, they will always be the first on scene to help.
I hope today’s article is of use to you. Thanks for reading!