Every day there are millions of accidents that happen in the workplace; some are big while others aren’t – and while most can be dealt with on-site and without too much fuss, others need to have first aid and are an indicator that something in the protocols isn’t quite right. So let’s take a look at what you can do to make sure that you have the best workplace safety protocols.
Some countries have limited breaks regulations – but that doesn’t mean your company should have limited options for your staff. Your team deserves to have rest periods during their working hours – in fact, it is better for your company if they do. Workers who aren’t rested aren’t going to do their best work.
Even if you have team members who have been on the warehouse floor for years, if they don’t have the proper training for some of the machinery you have, don’t be tempted to let them use it. While years of experience close to the machine is excellent, it is more vital for you to make sure that they have the proper training.
Create an easy-to-follow list of things that people should do for a range of different scenarios. Ensure that there are options that cover fires, accidents, break-ins and even other workers’ issues like anger or fighting.
Although these should be given to your staff when they join your company, often they don’t read them so have regular briefings about what people should do – and also have them in easy to see locations.
You never know when this can save lives.
Having at least one member of the team trained in first aid. Having a team member who is trained to use a defibrillator or knows how to use resuscitation, the recovery position and more is essential. Learn more about how you and your staff can take certification online.
Hazards and risks
Depending on the type of business you run, you might have more or fewer risks than the average company. No matter how small your business is, if you have staff on-site or you have clients or customers, you’ll need to have regular risk assessments carried out, all hazards highlighted – and mitigation or protocols in place to handle them.
Clothing and footwear
For those who work in offices, clothing and footwear might not be one of the most important things – but for those who work in warehouses and jobs where visibility and foot protection matter as an owner, you have a few choices.
You can provide the proper clothing and footwear, you can work with a preferred provider for discounts, or you can allow people to buy industry standards.
Workplace safety isn’t just the responsibility of one person; it is everyone’s responsibility. Having your staff actively engaged in the protocols and workplace safety measures will mean you have more support to ensure the general upkeep, cleanliness, adherence to rules and more. While safety is one of the most essential factors in your business, another S is sales: Clever Ways To Boost Your Small Business Sales This Year.