4 Great Ways to Make Sure Your Workplace (and Business) is Safe.

Compared to say, twenty years ago, the rules and regulations regarding safety in the workplace have evolved dramatically. So much so, that the things we would have been expected to carry out all of those years ago would turn into a lawsuit in this day and age. And while it’s great that we’re more safety conscious in the workplace, it adds more pressure onto your back when it comes to making sure that your business is compliant. So, let’s take a look at a few things to keep in mind.

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Provide safety clothing

If you’re working in an environment that could be harmful to you or your employees, it’s your responsibility to provide protective clothing for the job at hand. For example, if you work in a warehouse that packages fresh foods, you’ll need to provide aprons, hairnets, gloves and face masks to make sure the food doesn’t get contaminated. Take the time to make sure you’re aware of all of the clothing you should provide and if you don’t already, get it in place as soon as possible.

Check compliance in your industry

Different industries have different safety compliance rules to follow, and it’s important that you’re firstly aware of them and secondly, following them. This might take some research on your part to make sure that you’re covering all bases, but it could be the difference between running a successful business or facing a lawsuit.

If you’re really unsure, or just want to play it safe, you can get an external company to come in and put a safety procedure system in place following all of the compliances your industry should. It might be worth checking out isn certification cost before putting together compliance rules just in case you’re missing a beat.

Conducting thorough safety tests

Next on the list is making sure that any equipment or machinery undergoes thorough and regular safety tests. Anything that’s even slightly faulty should be taken out of service until you can repair it or replace it altogether. 

You’ll need to check your fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and all of your electrical appliances too. It’s also a good idea to make sure that everyone knows the fire drill and where they should be meeting outside of your building.  

Taking the time to give your employees first aid training might also be a good idea. Even when all safety rules are followed, accidents can still happen. And, having someone (or many someones) on site that knows first aid could potentially save a life.

Get yourself a good lawyer

Finally, even though you’ve ensured that safety protocols are in place and people have the right equipment and training, things can still go wrong. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider getting in touch with a good lawyer in case a lawsuit is filed against you.

They will be able to advise you on steps you can take and recommend ways you can prove you’re not at fault, such as CCTV and time stamping dates of employment or training as evidence for court.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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