There are a lot of things that people would consider to be the “most important” aspect of any business. Whether it’s accounting, technology, marketing or infrastructure, everyone has an opinion on what a business can’t do without. However, there’s one element of every business that far too many people seem to neglect entirely, despite the fact it might be one of the single most important elements of any business.
And that thing is health and safety. Health and safety tends to get ignored for two reasons. One is because it’s the sort of thing that, if it’s working properly, you might ever notice it. The other is because it’s hardly the most exciting part of any business. Despite that, it really can’t be overstated just how important it is. With that in mind, here are some things you can do to make sure that your business’s health and safety is up to scratch.
Analyze the space
The first place that you need to look in terms of improving health and safety is your office space itself. Look around and ask yourself, does the way that it’s being used present any potential hazards? Look at walkways and exits. Watch out for obstructions. Look at the computers and other equipment to be sure there aren’t trailing wires that could trip someone up. By stepping back and really analyzing the area where you work then you’ll be able to get a far better idea of how safe that space actually is.
Install the right equipment
The right equipment is essential to make sure that you’re prepared in case something does happen. In an ideal world, the precautions that you take would prevent an accident, but there are always things that you can’t foresee, and some things could simply come out of nowhere. Make sure that there are fire extinguishers in easily accessible places, as well as first aid kits throughout the office. You should also think about a heartsine defibrillator in the event that someone in your office collapses or suffers a heart attack.
It’s not enough just to set out health and safety procedures, you’ve got to follow them. It’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent accidents in the workplace. That means that you should be providing adequate training for your employees on both how to prevent accidents, and how to deal with them when they do happen. Not only that but it’s your job to lead by example so that your employees can see just how crucial health and safety procedures are.
There will always be accidents that couldn’t have been prevented, but by focussing on health and safety, you reduce any risks significantly. Remember, if something happens that could have been prevented, and you didn’t put in place the right procedures, you’re the one who’s going to be liable. Accidents don’t just harm individuals, they can have serious effects on your entire business.