Workplace safety is an integral part of running a small business. Injuries and other emergencies can all have damaging effects on a business, so it is important to prepare for any potential hazardous threats. Here are a few simple ways to increase safety in the workplace:
- Keep the office space clean
This may seem like a simple solution but many workplace injuries occur because of a messy environment. Sharp objects, tools, supplies or obstructions can cause an unsafe workplace. Be sure to teach employees the importance of a clean environment. This includes properly storing away items, stacking items in a safe manner, and appropriately labelling hazards such as a wet floor, or when construction is occurring in a certain area. If there’s a kitchen, task one team member with turning off the coffee pot and make sure the rest of the space is free from potential hazards.
- Implement a visitor’s log
A visitor’s log helps manage those who are visiting the office to prevent a potential threat. Having guests sign in at the start of their visit will set the precedent that the office is holding them accountable for their actions while visiting. To further ensure safety, double check the name provided by the visitor with a legal form of identification e.g. a driver’s license.
- Plan for emergencies
Prepare for injuries and disasters by creating a plan that will allow everyone to evacuate as safely as possible. To ensure that you’re emergency evacuation plans are up to code, use the resources available on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website. Review and update these plans as necessary and take the proper steps to ensure that every employee is aware of these emergency evacuation plans. Being prepared for emergency situations cuts down the risk of damage or injury.
- Increase cybersecurity throughout the office
Cybersecurity has become a serious problem for small businesses, so it’s important to be prepared for an attack of any kind. Database hacking, malware, and identity theft are on the rise. To combat all of these threats, enlist the help of an information technology expert. This will ensure that all of the company’s digital information is secure at all times. However, it is not enough to solely rely on an IT expert; all employees should participate in keeping the office secure. If everyone understands how to identify a potential threat, those threats are less likely to affect the business.
- Hire a security company
Hiring an outside company to protect your business may seem like a big step, but it can be the most efficient way to protect your company’s assets and personnel. To start, evaluate your business’ needs to determine what level of security is required. If necessary, have a prospective company perform a physical audit. The presence of a security officer, security cameras or an alarm system can cut down the risk of theft or threats.
Digital and physical security are crucial to the growth of a small business. Lower any potential risks your company may face by doing all that you can to prepare for them. A prepared business is a successful business.
Thank you to Sam Tadesse for this guest post. Tadesse is the President of Marina Securities Services, a premier security company in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Founded in 1997 on the principle that a detail-oriented approach to providing security services will yield a high-quality, reproducible, and scalable business enterprise; Marina Securities to not only meet the needs of large scale client engagements that require large numbers of security personnel, but also meet the needs of smaller clients, such as a warehouse that wants to outsource their night watchman responsibility. He has extensive experience in the parking industry and has been managing director of Pacific Park Management since 1995. Prior to founding Pacific Park, he worked as the general manager of CarPark Corporation, managing more than 30 locations.
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