If you look around, you’ll see there are many safety concerns at your business. And you probably already know most of them. Still, here are a few you might need to look into.
Interior and Exterior Flooring
Slips and trips in the workplace are the most common injuries. They mainly arise from wet floors. However, flooring can be uneven, naturally slippy, or marked wrong. You are liable for the quality of flooring both inside and outside your premises. And this includes keeping safety exits clear, guiding vehicles, and repairing cracks. A line marking service like EverLine offers floor maintenance, such as non-slip epoxy coatings, division lines, and asphalt pavement repair.
Easily Reachable Emergency Exits
As a responsible business owner, you probably give emergency exits a lot of thought. And that’s great. But after a while, they can be forgotten. And it’s not unusual for old exits to become impossible to reach. For example, you might start putting extra stock near an exit, which eventually blocks it, and you forget it’s there. That’s one less way to get out of the building if something goes wrong. So look around and make sure that all of them can be reached.
Safety Concerns at Your Business Include Employees
When your employees are at work, you are in charge of them. They are in your care and are safe with you. You must keep them safe from criminals, from each other, and from themselves. In the UK, one survey found that more than 800,000 people feel anxious and stressed when they are at work. This kind of stress can lead to bad things happening. One idea for a solution is to start a conversation at work where everyone can talk and be heard and get advice and care.
Storage of Hazardous Materials
Almost every business has at least one dangerous substance on its premises. From cleaning products to chemicals used to make things, there will be some that are dangerous and need to be kept in the right way. Dangerous things should be kept close to an exit in case of emergency. It is also recommended that the storage facility be close to adequate washing stations. Some chemicals also need to be kept in COSHH cabinets, and they should always be kept apart.
The General Public
There is a risk when your business is open to the public. This risk is higher if you store expensive things or deal with cash. These are things that thieves want. But you should also take steps to keep your employees safe from other crimes. For example, it is very common for shop workers to be verbally and physically abused. Still, usually, nothing is done about it. Over 90% of shop workers in the UK have been attacked, according to the UK union USDAW.
You probably do all that you can to take care of your employees and customers. But there are also a lot of safety concerns at your business that you might overlook. These include taking care of the floors, making sure employees are safe, and handling dangerous materials.