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Employee safety: An important consideration for business owners

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One of the things that takes new business owners by surprise is how challenging it can be to manage employees. For many, this is something that they’ve never had to do before. When you’re a leader, you’ll need to think about what roles you need to fill, how much to pay your staff, things like that. One of the less glamorous but deeply important aspects of having employees is ensuring that they’re kept safe. You have a duty to ensure that they’re safe and secure when they’re working for you.

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few ways you can nudge your employee safety credentials in the right direction.

Staff Wellbeing

Life can be hard, exceptionally hard. Most of the time, the thing that bothers a person has nothing to do with their work, but they can’t always prevent it from affecting their job. If you have an employee that’s going through a difficult moment, then be sure to provide the support they need to get through it. And of course, if your staff are in a bad way because of their job, then you’ll need to rethink your approach. No-one’s mental health should suffer because of the actions of the company that they work for.

Office Threats

One of the simplest ways to keep your employees safe is to take a look at what could threaten that safety. Of course, if you’re running a factory, then there’ll be more threats than there would be if you’re running an office — but in any case, it’s important to remember that things can go wrong in all work premises. Making it safer could be as simple as tidying away any loose wires that someone could trip on. Take a look at potential dangers, and take steps to remove them.

Controlling Access

The only people who should be on your premises are the ones who are authorized to be there. The security of your site is important; even if it’s unlikely that anything will happen, you shouldn’t take any chances. If a criminal did decide to enter your site, then your employees would be in danger. There are a couple of ways to manage this threat. The first is to have controlled access, either through swipe cards, keys, or fingerprint access. You’ll also want to install business security cameras; these prevent criminals from targeting sites, but also provide evidence if something does happen. If your workspace is high-risk, then you may consider hiring a security guard.

Worst-Case Scenario

Finally, it’s important to think about what would happen in a worst-case scenario. For example, if there was a fire or a natural disaster. Would your employees know what to do in the event of an emergency? Have you trained them sufficiently? Training should be reviewed every few months. This is something for which you may want to hire an external expert, since they’ll be able to identify the biggest dangers and offer training and guidance to your members of staff.

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