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Brush Up On Office Safety

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You should be concerned with the level of safety in your office or place of business. Ultimately, a problem with safety could result in an expensive lawsuit for your business, not to mention the issues with the press that come from someone being injured. That’s why you want to regulate health and safety levels. The problem is that accidents can be quite random and are often caused by issues that you might completely overlook. Here are a few of things that business owners often miss when they are trying to keep their office safe.

Loose Wires

Don’t spend too long looking for zebras and instead check for horses. What this means is that it’s the simple issues that are probably going to cause the accident. For instance, some could trip on a loose wire or slip on a wet floor that wasn’t properly marked. These are the areas that you should focus on first, and you can move onto other problems later. The good news is that these problems are remarkably easy to sort out.

You can get started by tying up those loose wires or concealing them underneath the carpet. By doing this, you can avoid one of the most common causes for a trip. As for wet floors, it’s important that every employee knows they should clean up the problem if they see it. They shouldn’t just leave it to fester and wait for an accident to happen.

Electrical Issues

When you check for mechanical malfunctions in your business, you are probably get the big machinery, and expensive tech checked. This isn’t enough. You should also be looking at other problem areas like the office kitchen. The office kitchen contains a lot of different pieces of tech, and it does need to be checked out. That’s why you should use an electrical tag and testing service in your place of business. And, it shouldn’t just be in industrial areas. You need to get everything tested from the computers to the kettle in the kitchen. Remember any type of tech like this could cause a fire and lead to serious injuries.

Someone’s Fault

Believe it or not, almost every incident in the workplace can be prevented, and an accident usually occurs due to a mistake made by an employee. Though, don’t expect the law to see it that way because you are still legally liable. As such, you should think about getting as much training as possible for your employees. This will limit the chances of them accidentally causing an incident in your business. You can also use training as a form of defense if an accident does end up the subject of a personal injury claim.

Is It Safe?

If you are asking your employees to complete a job and you have to ask this question, the answer is probably no. And if that’s the case, you should consider whether they should be completing the role at all. An example of this would be getting employees to move objects when they should be using the equipment. Don’t cut costs by using manual labor rather than tech. Eventually, this will lead to a nasty lawsuit.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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