If you’re a business owner or manager, you’ll be aware of the importance of providing a safe and healthy environment for your employees. Minimizing the risk of injury and accidents in the workplace is the responsibility of the business owner, but you should also encourage staff to actively participate in the process of safeguarding themselves and their colleagues. Employees should be able to swiftly and efficiently report damaged equipment and other hazards as soon as they are spotted or occur.
Health and Safety Basics
The commercial buildings that your business operates out of should be properly maintained and in good repair. This is also good practice in terms of presenting a professional appearance to clients, partners and suppliers and preventing unwanted attention from vandals. All floors, corridors and stairs within the building should be free of obstructions. Trailing cables, for example, constitute a major safety hazard. Indoor workplaces need to be kept at a comfortable temperature at all times, with toilets and drinking water facilities readily available to employees. A pleasant and healthy working environment is beneficial to the productivity and efficiency of staff, so it’s in the interests of the business to provide this.
If employees are working in an icy, wet or oily environment, suitable non-slip flooring should be provided. Open trenches, ducts or gullies should be neutralized with impact-resistant covers, available in a number of different forms including Dura Slab. Any open trenches or manholes should be properly signed and cordoned off.
The Correct Lighting
Make sure that corridors and stairways as well-lit, and that natural light is utilized wherever possible. There should be suitable forms of emergency lighting throughout the building so that employees can safely leave the building in the event of a power cut or a fire. Workstations should also be provided with good lighting and outside areas should be fitted with motion-activated automatic lights, so that loading and unloading vehicles can be safely accomplished after dark.
Machinery and Equipment
All commercial equipment, from heavy factory machinery to the kettle in the office kitchen, should be regularly inspected. A competent electrician must be employed to check that all wiring and electrical connections are safe, and staff should visually check all equipment before they use it. Any problems should be reported immediately and the item taken out of circulation. Machinery with moving parts should be fitted with safety guards, and only those wearing the correct protective equipment should be permitted to use tools and machinery.