Starting your own company is no easy feat, and you need to get a lot of parts up and running. Something that is absolutely vital is making sure your employees are safe.
Now, this one is going to be impacted by what line of work you’re in. If you’re setting up an office space, you’ll want to ensure your employees have chairs for back support and the wiring is in good condition for however many computers you need. If it’s a warehouse floor, you’ll need to ensure you have good cobots. Cobots are devices that work safely with humans. For any environment, you’ll need to assess the risks and invest in the equipment that can reduce them.
Occupational Health and Safety
Being cautious and installing safety measures isn’t optionable, it’s actually part of the law. You are legally obligated to create a safe workspace for your employees. Did you know that nearly three million Americans suffer a serious injury at work? Occupational health and safety regulations are in place to ensure that your employees are safe. When you’re building your business you need to be aware of these measures and make sure you meet them.
There are seven main areas of risk you need to be aware of in your workplace. Again, these may differ depending on your industry but nonetheless, they’re a good place for you to start your risk assessment. These hazards go from keeping the office tidy to ensure an easy evacuation route, to making sure hazardous chemicals are stored away properly. Once you spot potential risks, you need to think of ways you can prevent them.
One of the most effective ways you can create a safe workspace is to put someone in charge of monitoring safety. This allows you to share the responsibility and be thorough with your safety inspections. It’s an effective way for you to integrate safety for your business. Remember: a safe space to work is a happy one.
It is a common disbelief that every employee should have common sense. A lot of ‘common sense’ things you know now were taught to you. If you have an employee who is new to the environment, be sure to go over regulations with them. Something obvious to you might be completely new to them.
When setting up your company you’re obligated to keep your employees safe. Do you have any tips for ensuring safety in the workplace?