We all know how to make location technology work for our business, but are you doing enough to make sure your actual work location is as safe a place as possible. Whether you work in an office, public space or a workshop, here are some of the ways you can make your location as safe as possible.
One of the most common injuries in a number of workplace settings is caused by a member of staff either tripping or falling over obstructions. That’s why it’s so important that you keep every space of your workplace organized.
If you have lots of stock lying around the floor all of the time, install high shelving to make sure there are clear pathways for colleagues to walk up and down whilst carrying out their work. Another big trip hazard is the every-day waste caused by your business. If you carry lots of stock, it’s highly likely that all that stock will be wrapped with lots of cardboard, plastic and other packing materials. Make sure none of this is left on the floor. Instead, invest in some recycling compactors and balers to help reduce all of this waste into one compact bundle. Then store these bundles away from the busiest parts of your workplace to avoid any risk of people tripping or slipping on a dropped piece of cardboard or plastic.
Make Sure Everyone Has the Proper Training – And Sticks to It
No matter what your workplace does, make sure everybody has the proper health and safety training necessary. If you work in a building alongside heavy machinery like a forklift truck, you need to train every member of staff that uses it how to operate it safely. You’ll also need to train those who work near the machinery how to safely walk around the site whilst the machinery is in operation. If you work in an office, you might think health and safety training isn’t necessary. In fact, office chairs that don’t offer enough support are a common cause of back and neck problems. Make sure you train your employees on how to adjust the chairs and their desks properly so they’re sitting in the healthiest position possible.
Do Not Overwork Your Staff
The sad reality is that it’s when your workforce is working its hardest that they’re also at the most risk of obtaining an injury. If your team is rushing to get a job done, they might take more unnecessary risks than if they had plenty of time left until a deadline. This can include anything from carrying more goods than they normally would and injuring their back to using sharp tools too quickly without the proper care and attention.
Accidents are also more likely to occur when your employees are overtired, whether that’s been caused by extra shifts, staying late to finish a project, or even being overstretched during their normal working hours. Plan your team’s time effectively to make sure they always have an appropriate amount of time to complete any task and they also have enough rest days to relax away from work.