Tips for Managers for Keeping Employees Safe in the Workplace

health-and-safety-hatsAs the manager of a business you should always have the best interests of your staff at heart, especially when it comes to keeping employees safe in the workplace. They are the lifeblood of your company, and aside from the obvious legal reasons, it is essential they are protected from any dangerous circumstances. Incidents and accidents are more regular than you might think without proper steps in place and a poor record is the last thing you want associated with your company.

So to make sure this doesn’t happen and to ensure your business is in line with the law and is a safe place to be, what follows are some tips to consider.

Get an Expert Review

It’s fair to say that ‘business’ is quite a broad church and different dangers are only applicable to certain industries. So firstly, it’s worth seeking expert advice and getting safety officials in to fully assess and identify what you need protecting from. You may already have list drawn up, but this is still worth it to make sure you’ve covered every base.

Promote Positive Values

As important as your managerial role is, it’s not all on you to keep your staff safe. When your plans are in place, gather your employees together to run through all the potential dangers and make it clear to them how they can stay safe. This can range from significant aspects like handling hazardous materials, to simply cleaning up after themselves properly. To positively reinforce this, you should also champion good practice from any staff you feel are setting the right example.

Practise and Practise

Emergency drills aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you must carry them out regularly. This way, in case of potentially damaging emergencies like fires, your staff know where to go and what to do. You should also hand out marshalling roles to trusted employees.

Invest in Quality Materials

Reliable and dependable equipment is a must for workplace safety. In logistics for example, employees need to be protected from the heavy loads they might be transporting, so the gear they use should be sourced from specialist retailers like Handling Equipment Online for instance. Equally, another example could be businesses which are solely IT based, these should have decent tech that is built to last; servers in particular need to be of a high-quality if they’re running around the clock.

Of course, some of these tips may be more relevant than others to your particular business but they can be adapted to suit your needs. At the end of the day though, the bottom line is that safety really is a must, so be sure to take some of these useful tips into consideration with your company.

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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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