Top 6 Tips For Workplace Safety.

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An office can have a number of hazards that could result in staff getting injured. So it’s important that your business takes safety very seriously. If you are a business owner, you will know the importance of ensuring that your employees are safe. So whether you have just moved into a new office or if you are looking for ways to improve the safety of your current office, these five tips will help you to get on the right track:

1. Install A Fire Alarm System

Alongside other fire precautions such as keeping passageways free, fire alarm systems are a must for any office (or another type of workplace) building. Notifying your employees when a fire is detected, they will be able to get out of the building in good time. Not only will this help to make your workplace a lot safer, but it will also ensure that you are compliant with the fire and life safety standards – EN54-2/EN54-4 and BS 5839. Failure to do so can result in some serious implications for your business.

2. Install Signs 

In order to indicate emergency exits, it’s essential that you have a sign installed. Taking away the risk of not being able to locate an exit if a fire occurs, your staff will feel much more at ease. Alongside an emergency exit sign, you should also install general entrance/exit signs and signs to the nearest bathrooms.

2. Install Saftey Cages

Any high-pressure aerosol cans need to be stored safely. In Australia for example, the storage and handling of gases in cylinders have to comply with AS4332. Storemasta aerosol storage cages are manufactured to store high-pressure aerosol cans that comply with this standard.

Local manufacturing allows Stormasta to produce superior aerosol can storage cabinets that are made using premium raw materials and automated manufacturing processes. The cages are fabricated from heavy-duty sheet steel and finished with a high build powder coat for corrosion protection. All aerosol can cages have perforated walls to provide projectile protection in the event of a workplace fire.

3. Ensure Employees Are Trained

In order to prevent any incidents occurring whilst in the workplace, you should make sure that your employees have been through a health & safety course. By bringing in a company to explain the right precautions, the staff will be aware of the best practices. 

Although this might seem expensive in the short term, it will ensure that everyone is aware of the correct practices if an incident occurs. It’s also advisable to ensure that at least two of your employees are first aid trained and are made fire marshalls.

4. Plan Workplace Safety Meetings

Alongside training, it’s also a good idea to hold regular meetings in which you review safety rules and discuss ways in which to keep your workplace incident-free. 

5. Encourage Regular Breaks

Not only are accidents or situations in the workplace the result of lacking a fire alarm system or other safety precautions. You should also try to encourage staff to take regular breaks in order to improve both the workplace ergonomics and their overall health. By taking regular 10-minute breaks, you can lower the risk of repetitive motion injuries. It will also give them a chance to take their mind off the work – which helps to maintain good mental health.

6. First Aid

It’s important to have the right safety equipment in place. Especially if you run a professional kitchen. A well-stocked first-aid kit such as HSE catering first aid kits is essential for any catering business, as being short of vital equipment in case of emergencies and accidents can result in a harrowing experience for everyone involved.

Final Thoughts

Those are just four of the ways that you can improve workplace safety. An important aspect, no matter what type of industry you are in, it will help to keep your employees safe. Improving work culture and dynamics, you will have the peace of mind that they are aware of the health & safety precautions in case any incident arises.

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