Whether you’ve recently taken on your first team members or have been an employer for a while, you need to ensure that you keep your employees safe while at work. You see, as an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that while your employees are at work, that they are kept safe. To do this, you need to ensure that you have covered all bases when it comes to how safe your business premises is for your team.
The question is, how should you go about doing that? How you opt to keep your team safe while they’re at work is up to you. However, the ideas below should help to make the process a little easier for you.
Make health and safety a priority
One of the most important factors when it comes to ensuring that your employees are safe at work is making health and safety a priority. This means ensuring that the first training that all new team members undergo is health and safety training. It also means ensuring that all team members regularly undergo health and safety reminder training. This training should focus on any potential dangers in the workplace and how employees can prevent accidents or injuries from occurring. As well as plenty of training, ensuring that you have the correct signage in place around your business premises is also important. If you fail to place the correct signage around your premises and an accident occurs, you could end up in serious trouble. Not sure if you’re missing any important health and safety issues? Hire a health and safety specialist, to perform an audit of your health and safety.
Secure your premises
In recent years, there’s been an increase in the amount of intruders attempting to gain access to business premises during working hours. So it’s important to ensure that your business premises is as secure as possible so that you can keep your employees safe, no matter what happens. To secure your business premises, it’s a good idea to have a lock on the external door that a security card or code is needed to open. That way you can provide each team member with an access card or code so that they can gain access but no one else can. It could also be worth looking into having an emergency alert system installed, so that should an intruder gain access to your premises the police can be quickly alerted without having to call them.
Be prepared for disasters
Last but not least, it’s crucial that you are properly prepared for disasters. Whether your business premises catches on fire or there’s an earthquake, you need to have a plan in place. Whatever plan you have in, make sure that your team are aware of it. Once a month hold a disaster drill, to ensure that your team know what to do, should the unexpected occur. One month practice a fire drill, the next do an earthquake drill. Don’t think of drills as wasting your time because one day they could save yours’ and your team member’s lives.
To ensure that your employees are as safe at work as possible, take note of the steps above and implement them.