Maintaining Safe Working Environments in 5 Easy Steps

BizAge Interview Team

Safety first. It’s better to be safe than sorry. A safe workspace is a better workspace. There are plenty of cliches to underline the importance of workplace safety, yet many businesses still fall short. Sadly, continuing to overlook it could cost you a fortune. And potentially lives.

Conversely, going the extra mile to promote safe workspaces will protect your finances and reputation. Better still, it translates to increased productivity and accuracy. Here’s how you can get it right in five simple steps.

Master Onboarding & Staff Training

You already understand the need for recruiting capable employees who work safely and efficiently. However, you should create a positive onboarding experience that helps new workers settle quickly. When they are familiar with the layout of your building as well as all protocols, the chances of avoiding major incidents improve. 

Moreover, it’s vital that all employees are suitably trained on how to use all equipment safely. Whether it’s general health and safety tips or advice specific to a machine doesn’t matter. Prevention is the best form of protection.

Consider Respiratory Health

It is very easy to overlook respiratory health. However, poor indoor air quality can harm employees and productivity. So, a strong HVAC system is vital. Moreover, laboratory environments will need an acid fume hood to remove harmful vapours. Aside from protecting against inhalation, it reduces fire hazards and the danger of chemical spills.

In some work settings, you may also want to consider UV cleaning to kill pathogens in the air or on surfaces. The rewards include reduced staff absenteeism and increased daily productivity from employees. Perfect.

Monitor Machinery

Selecting the best machinery for safe and efficient work is one thing. But keeping them in good health is another altogether. Using the OEE method to monitor all assets is essential. It will allow you to identify potential faults and address them. By arranging early maintenance, you’ll avoid much larger problems later on. Better still, you’ll avoid unscheduled downtime.

If nothing else, it is a move that will put employees at ease. So, aside from having safe equipment, you’ll keep workers in the right mindset. This can reduce human errors to make the business even safer.

Have Personalized Safety Equipment

From manufacturing plants to building plants, employees will need safety products. Suitable footwear, safety goggles, harnesses, headwear, and gloves are some examples. Frankly, employees must have personal safety items. This will ensure a perfect fit while also making it easier for them to monitor for wear and tear.

Conversely, sharing safety equipment makes it easier for workers to miss a problem. Likewise, germs can spread to cause illness. Given that personalized safety equipment will last longer too, this is the superior choice. 

Use Advanced Security

When thinking about the safety of your workspace, outside threats must be considered. The harsh reality is that criminals will look to target SMEs, both online and in the real world. Surveillance cameras and alarms are great, but you should have entry points too. Preventing unauthorized access protects employees and company assets alike.

As for digital security, you must implement preventive measures via cybersecurity systems. When combined with warning employees about human errors, success is assured. And the road to business success will become uninterrupted.

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Written by
BizAge Interview Team
June 26, 2024
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June 26, 2024