Whether you have one employee or thousands, when you run a business, you have a duty of care to all those you hire. This applies to all manner of companies, from office-based to industrial warehouses and construction sites. Therefore, no matter what type of business you run, you must ensure that you have the correct safety measures in place. If you aren’t sure where to start, take guidance from the following article.
Encourage communication between all staff
This is one of the simplest ways to ensure safety amongst your team. If your employees feel comfortable talking to you and the other team members, they are more likely to report a hazard or safety concern. On the flip side, if employees feel unable to talk to their supervisors, there is more risk of an accident to others. Reassure your staff members that they can come to you or their direct manager to report a problem, no matter how small it may appear, and take the time to work on team building activities between the entire workforce to ensure that communication is to a high standard.
Keep the air dust-free
Dust is a common problem that occurs in all workplaces, but some have it worse than others.For example, compared to an office, keeping a warehouse clean and tidy is a constant mission. In an office, you can easily hire cleaning staff to come in at the end of each day and rid the office of any dust, keeping the air clean. However, when you are constantly moving boxes and industrial vehicles that are making the dust airborne, waiting until the end of the working day isn’t enough to keep your staff safe. Therefore, the first course of action is to put in place dust control measures, including installing an industrial portable fume collector, which can help purify the air through its filtration abilities. Then, you should educate staff on the importance of cleaning and tidying up once they have used an area of the warehouse. For businesses that deal with welding and grinding, this must be a priority.
Conduct inspections and tests regularly
Providing the right equipment for the job is essential, but many businesses can often forget that while this equipment might be top of the range, it might not stay that way forever. Over time, it is only natural that equipment will depreciate, and some may become unsafe to use. This is why conducting inspections and tests of your equipment and processes in the workplace is vital. Carrying out audits and tests can determine if your employees can continue to use your tools and equipment without worry.
You can have the best safety procedures in place, test your equipment regularly, and improve communication between all staff members. However, there is still a risk of an accident happening if your employees are burnt out. To ensure that all staff members perform to the standard that you need, hold regular meetings with them and look out for key signs, such as a lack of enthusiasm and a decrease in productivity. Then, you can do the following actions to minimise burnout in your staff members:
- Encourage them to take holidays.
- Recognise hard work and show your appreciation for them.
- Limit overtime.
- Work closely with your staff to understand what could be causing their burnout.
As you start to put your safety policy in place, consider the above points, and you will be on your way to creating a safe workplace.