How To Improve Safety In Your Business
As a business owner, there are many different responsibilities that fall under your remit. Even if you are not directly accountable for the different elements of health and safety, you are where the buck stops, and you are the one who will find themselves in most trouble should something go wrong. After all, you are the owner, and you have the final say over everything that goes on within your business.
This is why it’s a good idea to check over and improve and elements of health and safety that might be problematic. This isn’t just something that will save you from getting in trouble either; it’s also good for your employees, and it means that you’ll have a better reputation. Here are some of the best ways to improve safety in your business.
Conduct A Thorough Inspection
The first thing you can do when it comes to improving the safety within your business is to conduct a thorough inspection of the entire building. This will mean looking at every piece of equipment, every tool, every computer, even every chair. You need to ensure that absolutely everything you are using within your business premises is safe and well maintained, and used for its intended use. If you see any problems, you can ensure that changes are made quickly so that no one is hurt. You can also write up new systems and ways of working if you spot a process that just isn’t safe.
Although this might seem like a lot of work, it will be worth it to ensure that everything is as safe as possible. If you don’t carry out this risk assessment and something happens to injure an employee or member of the public, you could be fined or imprisoned, and your business might have to shut down.
Keep Things Tidy
It might surprise you to know that, despite the equipment you might use and the necessary tools for your business to do its job, these are not the main issues when it comes to keeping your team safe. The main problem tends to be untidiness. This is because a messy office building or warehouse that includes tangled cords, rubbish on the floor, or blocked exits can lead to more injuries than tools when the tools are used correctly.
Making sure the building is tidy and clean at all times will prevent many unnecessary accidents and keep your staff happier too; everyone will prefer to work in a clean environment. There are various ways to keep things clean, such as employing professional cleaners, hiring skip bins, or having a rota so that everyone takes their turning tidying up. What you choose will depend on your budget and the type of work you do.
Give Proper Training
When your staff is well trained, there will be fewer accidents. They will know precisely how to use each piece of equipment that they need to carry out their work, and there will therefore be less risk associated with that work. The training needs to include not just how to use the equipment, but how to use it safely – what PPE to wear, what steps to take to ensure other people are safe and much more.
And training is not something that should ever be a one-time thing either. It’s always best to update any training at regular intervals, perhaps after a year or six months. In this way, you can ensure that everyone knows exactly how to stay safe.
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