Creating a safe workplace is one of the most important tasks of a business owner. Every member of staff should feel safe and secure when they come to work and there are some simple, yet very effective ways to create a safe environment for your team members.
Invest in training
The first thing you should ensure you invest in is training. Regardless of what industry you work in, there will be health and safety hazards to consider. On a staff member’s first day they should be brought up to speed with the company’s health and safety protocol.
From this, they should also be trained on any equipment which requires it. If, for example, you work in a warehouse, team members should be approved and authorised to operate heavy machinery. Training can ensure jobs are carried out efficiently and to the highest safety standards. Training isn’t a box-ticking exercise, nor is it a one-time thing. Training your staff should be regular, as refresher courses can help prevent staff from becoming complacent.
Make sure the equipment is up to scratch
As well as being trained on how to use them properly, they should be up to a good standard. This means tyres are checked regularly for any vehicles, tools are repaired by professionals and they are inspected before use. These are basic practices which should be maintained to prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities.
As well as having a safe workforce in the office or warehouse, you should also look at how safe the conditions are out on the road. If you operate vehicles and have drivers out delivering or attending jobs, then investing in fleet tracking and telematics is essential. Not only can you monitor driver behaviour, but it can also be a good safety net if one of your vehicles is involved in an accident and you need evidence for insurance purposes. Other benefits of telematics include:
- Route optimisation: Allows you to find the most convenient route for a driver. If, for example, a new job comes available and five drivers are free and already on the road, route optimisation will allow you to re-route the driver closest to the new job. Saving money on fuel and improving customer service.
- Real-time live tracking: Can help to identify when drivers are in traffic and will allow you to inform customers of delays – improving your customer service offering.
- Can help you save fuel: Telematics can help you save fuel by identifying the most cost-effective route (the quickest route may not be the most economical).
Security cameras are an amazing safety feature in both vehicles and buildings. They can act as a deterrent and protect your premises from thieves targeting it, but that’s not the only benefit of a security camera. They can improve staff productivity and ensure they are doing their job correctly. It can also be a good safety measure to have in place if there are any issues among staff members.
Safety is paramount in any industry and there are some simple ways to ensure you are creating a safer workspace.