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5 Steps Towards Creating a Safe Workplace

by Olufisayo
Safe Workplace

On average, we spend a third of our lives at work. Given the amount of time we spend there, we should feel safe and secure as soon as we step through the doors, right? Let’s take a look at 5 essential steps towards creating a safe workplace.

Emergency Response

If something unexpected happened in your workplace, how fast could the emergency services arrive? Installing a workplace panic button could cut your response time down significantly and alert systems can provide responders with essential details to handle the emergency.

The chances of using a panic alarm are fairly low, but if something does happen it could make all the difference. Also, having a system in place can give your employees some peace of mind.

Cyber Security

Now you have a response system for physical threats, it’s time to deal with your online security. All computers come with a layer of built-in security, but your work system with all of your vital information on it needs more. Make sure you get a professionally installed and maintained system to keep your digital workplace safe.

Surge Protectors

Your workplace is likely full of computers, phones, and maybe even TV screens. A power surge is a sudden increase in your electrical system’s current and they can wipe out your devices in an instant. A large power surge can cause instant damage, while small surges slowly cause electronic rust, which will degrade your machines over time.

       

The scary part is that small surges happen every single day without you realizing it. A surge protector looks just like an extension cord except it’s equipped to even out your current and protect your tech from unexpected power spikes.

Keycards

A great way to ensure security in your workplace is to make sure you always know who’s in there. A keycard system will allow you to track who has entered and exited your building. This means you’ll know the exact population in case of a fire, you’ll be able to see who came in the front door just before that equipment disappeared, and you’ll log all of your visitors with pictures. A keycard system is one of the only ways to ensure that there is nobody unwanted in your workplace.

Get Trained

The best way to avoid accidents and mistakes is to know how to do something the right way. How are your employees supposed to stay safe on a daily basis if they don’t even know the risks around them? That’s why training is key.

You should train all new employees in all of the common practices and procedures as soon as they get the job, then ensure that they renew their training regularly. It’s a good idea to go with an external training company for this one.

They’ll likely provide seminars or online courses which come with a certification that you can keep on file. That way you can rest easy knowing that all your employees are acting as responsibly as possible, and you have the paperwork to prove it.

       

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