When you have decided to take a large step and run your own business, there will be many things on your mind. One issue that you may initially overlook is safety. However, this is one of the most important issues of all. You need to make sure that you, your workers, and customers are safe and feel safe. Here are just a few things that you need to make sure of before you can operate your business safely:
Make sure your employees have easy access to fire extinguishers and other emergency devices. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and defibrillator devices should all be in easy reach in appropriate areas of the workplace. All employees should know how to properly use these devices in emergencies and drills. Conduct the drills regularly, and inspect these devices every month to make sure that they are in good working order.
Ensure that all areas are safe to walk on and through. No flooring should be loose or slippery. All areas should be clearly marked. The use of heavy equipment through these areas should be safely directed around designated walkways. Everyone should be aware of the safe areas to be in and which areas need special authorization. Mark floors and steps with proper anti-slip materials and appropriate safety signs.
Make sure all exits are properly marked for your employees and customers. In the event of an emergency, all people in the building need to know how to get out safely. This includes any stairs that may need to be used when elevators fail to work. During most emergencies, the steps should be taken instead of an elevator. If your building has a basement, your employees should know how to access it in case it needs to be utilized in an emergency.
Have a list of emergency numbers readily available for your employees. All employees should have access to and know where these emergency numbers are. They should know which numbers should be called first. Have a list of local emergency numbers available, such as police phone numbers and an appropriate number for medical and fire emergencies. Make sure all phones work and are easily accessible.
Your employees should know what to do in certain emergencies. Make sure your employees know how to properly respond to such situations as a chemical spill, robbery, or other emergency. Practice scenarios and train your employees with the help of professionals. Emergencies are typically surprise events. Conduct surprise drills to test your employees’ skills and knowledge of safety training procedures.
Make sure all hazardous materials are clearly marked. Chemicals used to clean and for other use needs to be marked clearly and properly. Do not allow employees to cover or destroy these marks, and encourage the use of gloves, safety goggles, and other safety materials to protect the employees when they are using these materials. Also make sure the employees have access to soap and water in case of skin contact with cleaners or other issues.
Insist that all employees be properly trained for their jobs. The workplace will not be safe if employees are operating machinery or other equipment that they are not trained to use. Some equipment may not be usable unless an employee is properly certified to do so. Make sure all employees have the proper licensing to operate certain machines and vehicles.
Any injuries should be properly cared for by professionals as soon as possible. If an injury does occur, it is essential to properly report the injury to the right authorities and medical professionals right away, even if an employee feels okay after an accident. Safety needs to continue even after an accident occurs. Assess why the accident occurred and how to correct the problem.