Joanne Reed, Negosentro | Personal injuries that occur within your business may leave a big impact on your company. Aside from the medical expenses, your business may also suffer from low productivity and low morale in your staff and employees. As such, you want to make sure that your business is safe from personal injuries so you can protect your workforce.
Below are key tips on how to reduce the risk of personal injuries at your business.
Create a health and safety policy and let it be known to all your staff and employees.
A business is not allowed to operate if it doesn’t establish health and safety policies.
- As a business owner who employs a lot of employees, you must put in writing all health and safety policies and make them available to read for employees.
- You may be able to share your health and safety policies to your employees by including them in staff handbooks, induction packs, or by posting them on a notice board.
- If there are any changes to your health and safety policies, be sure to let your employees know about it too.
Assess any potential risks.
Businesses are required to assess all health and safety risks. As a business owner, you need to think of potential hazards in your workplace.
- Do your employees need to carry heavy items or work from a height?
- Is there a chance that your customers or employees could get hurt while they are on your business premises?
- This applies outside business premises as well. If for instance you’re a trucking company and your employees are drivers, there should be protocols in place as to what should be done if they’re injured in a truck accident. These things can be clarified by lawyers experienced in the subject, such as those found here.
You need to think of any potential hazards and keep a written record of them. This way you will be able to come up with a good solution to reduce the chance of personal injuries or accidents on your business premises. This will also make you prepared to be able to provide the appropriate care should there be a personal injury.
Deal with hazards promptly and proactively.
Slips and falls are responsible for most all of workplace accidents. These accidents are mainly caused by preventable dangers such as slippery floor surfaces, poor lighting, trailing cables, and broken staircases.
- You can reduce the risk of slips and falls by dealing with the dangers promptly like mopping up the slippery floors or repairing the broken staircases.
- Encourage your employees to report to you any maintenance faults to ensure that no one will be hurt.
Educate your employees and staff.
You must educate your employees and staff about health and safety in the workplace.
- Cultivate a safety standard among your employees.
- Train them about following safety measures while at work.
- Promote supplemental training programs and encourage your employees to participate in such programs. This will help ensure good health for all your employees.
Be sure to provide all necessary equipment protection.
The use of business equipment without proper protection causes a good amount of accidents in workplaces.
- If you have some heavy equipment in your workplace, be sure to provide your employees with protective gear such as hard helmets, working gloves, safety glasses, etc.
- Enforce that your employees always wear protective gear when they are working with heavy equipment or if they are working from a height.
- Take the time to educate your employees how to use the equipment properly as well as when to wear protective gear.
Always have a first aid-kit available.
All businesses are also required to have a first-aid kit available as well as a person in charge of administering first-aid in the event of an accident.
- You will also want to organize emergency first-aid training for all your employees and educate them about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to help someone who is bleeding or unconscious.
- Basic first-aid training may already be enough to help save the lives of your employees in case of an accident.
Be sure to inspect and maintain all your company vehicles and equipment.
Faulty company vehicles and misuse of equipment are two of the leading causes of personal injuries in the workplace.
- Proper inspection and maintenance can do a lot in reducing the risk of personal injuries caused by workplace driving accidents.
- The same can also be said about your company equipment or machinery. Faulty equipment or machinery can cause some serious personal injuries to your employees.
Keep everything in order.
Sometimes employees can get injured because of a messy workplace.
- A workplace with poor cleaning can cause some serious health and safety hazards.
- Keep everything in the workplace organized. A good and safe workplace should have proper footpaths that are free of debris, and must be complete with labelled cleaning materials and tools.
One severe injury is enough to destroy a small business. As such, you need to prepare and make all necessary measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of your employees. Accidents can still happen anywhere and anytime, even if you have done everything you can. If one of your employees is injured, just make sure that you are prepared to provide them with proper medical care and be able to do so as quickly as possible.
Joanne Reed has been writing about law and business for almost a decade, and is currently writing her next big law project. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching games if she has free time.