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You can protect your staff and the integrity of your business better if the right safety measures are in place. Ensuring a safer environment can also save you from legal action that might be brought against you if your business is deemed a hazardous setting. Here are four safety measures that every business should have in place.
In this age of viral infections, it’s now more important than ever to maintain a clean working environment. During the flu season or times of other major pandemics, employees should be encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Hand sanitizer dispensers can also be set up at various points around your business to encourage greater hygiene. Another way to maintain good hygiene throughout your business is to have all workstations, floors, and restrooms cleaned regularly to eliminate additional germs and viruses that can cause illnesses.
Fire Hazard Reduction
Fires can happen at a business for many reasons, and finding the best ways to prevent fires from breaking out can save your building from destruction and protect people’s lives. Any maintenance work or upgrades that your electrical system needs should be performed as soon as possible to avoid an electrical fire. Any combustible dust in your business that can spark fires should also be eliminated as much as possible. It will be to your advantage to schedule a fire safety inspection with a professional who can look for fire hazards around your business that may have gone unnoticed.
Be Cautious with Slick Floors
Floors that are slippery can create more dangerous conditions for people who walk across them and may cause slip and fall injuries that result in major bodily harm. Placing a mat by a door that can soak up some of the moisture that might be on the bottoms of people’s shoes can help keep surfaces drier so that they aren’t as slippery. After any floors are mopped or waxed, caution signs should be put up to warn people of the extra slickness on the floors.
Encourage Regular Employee Breaks
Encouraging your employees to take their regularly scheduled breaks can be safer and may actually be better for job productivity. Some places even have laws that require employees to take a certain number of breaks per day depending on how many hours they work. In addition to a standard lunch break, employees should be given additional 10- to 15-minute breaks at certain points of the day. It’s also important that your staff members use their full break times. Employees that don’t take their allotted breaks may be more tired and prone to suffering accidents on the job.
These safety measures should be incorporated into how you run your business. Enforcing them regularly should also be part of your job if you want to keep your staff and premises as safe as possible.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber.
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