Whether an employee, a manager or a business owner, nobody wants to see someone get injured on the job. This applies to all sectors, across the globe. So what can be done to ensure the protection of everyone on-site, and limit the occurrence of accidents all year around?
Read on for 5 invaluable tips to make certain everyone is always safe when at work…
- Understanding of Possible Risks
Before you proceed with setting up a safety model for your team or company, it is importance to think about the biggest risks that the workforce face on a day-to day basis. Rather than setting up the security works, CCTV systems, alarms, accident logs, etc., which can be time consuming and costly, think about the direct risks that are relevant to your industry and go from there. Put yourself in the shoes of the workforce and brainstorm the ways you can make their days safer. Have a plan before you splurge on safety systems which you assume will improve safety.
- Building Diagnostics
A good place to start when ensuring the welfare of your staff and fellow colleagues starts by focusing on the condition of your commercial building or workplace. Destructive water damage to the building, structural issues and damages, missing, damaged and inadequate insulation are all legitimate safety concerns and can affect staff psychologically too. Having such damages in your place of work can be costly as well as hazardous. Inadequate building standards can lead to energy bills that are higher than necessary and an inefficient building in general. The real danger of these hazards are that they are not visible to the naked eye, and it can be a few years before the issues are addressed. This can have an impact on your staff’s day to day routine. One way of diagnosing these issues is by using thermal imaging technology. Thermal imaging cameras can measure the thermal signature of your building and can perform non-destructive inspections to easily locate the root of the problem.
- Don’t Forget About Online Risks
If your workplace is not office-based, this one may apply to you less, but in a digital age, there are always more online risks than you may realise. Passwords for payroll software, accounting software, company website security, are all up for eligible for attack. This could impact the running of your business, and the financial security of your staff. Ways to stay safe online include rotating passwords regularly, maybe even on a weekly or monthly basis. Often re-assess who has access to sensitive information. For instance, staff leaving the company may still have access to important information- which usually poses no threat, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. What is more, your business’ website could be particularly vulnerable to hacking. Make sure someone tech-savvy within your business, or a developer who you trust can put a high security infrastructure in place in order to safeguard your website from any online threats.
- CCTV Technology
Burglary is one of the largest crime threats your business is faced with in 2016. With businesses using computing systems and software that are generally worth a lot more than equipment kept in homes, it is of high importance that all of this hardware and software is adequately protected, making staff and management feel safe at all times. CCTV could be the answer. An article in the ‘New Scientist’ magazine stated that simply installing a visible CCTV system on your business property can reduce crime by up to 95%. Having CCTV installed onsite can increase the security of your staff and your business’ possessions. Offenders captured on camera vandalising property or thieving are caught by authorities in most cases, and this can act as a high level of deterrence.
- Reduce Workplace Stress
Stress may not be high on your list of safety risks, but it may be time to reassess that. According to Forbes, more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of their working day. There can be many repercussions of this ongoing stress, less sleep can lead to concentration issues, and this equals lower productivity and awareness levels. This can lead to more stress in the long-run, and worried employers too. Lack of awareness can cause unnecessary mistakes which could be quite hazardous depending on the industry you work in. Stress can be an issue for health too.
By Rebecca D’Souza, online marketing executive, Fountain Partnership