How to protect your employees
It is very important to make sure that your employees are safe in your place of work. It is of paramount importance, as if the environment is not safe, it can result in tragedies and grief. Further, if the office premises are not safe, it can also be an impediment to productivity and profit earning. Moreover, an unsafe place of work can also result in the employee or the company being sued for being negligent in providing for the safety of the employees. Therefore, if you want to avoid prolonged lawsuits, paying huge sums of money as compensation, tragedies and losses, you have to make sure that you take the necessary measures to keep the office environment as safe as possible.
Safety drills and instructions
There are general precautions that you have to take. You have to make sure that there are sufficient provisions made to prevent a fire from breaking out and that you have the necessary equipment to fight fire. Therefore, it is important to have fire extinguishers placed at regular intervals, fire alarms in good working condition as well as make sure that regular fire drills are conducted in order to make sure that the employees are aware of what they should do in the event of a fire. You can also go for a curtain wall for your office building which prevents the spreading of fire.
An additional benefit of a curtain wall is that is provides a classy exterior for your office building.
Guidelines and safety kits
Next, you will have to make sure that if your employees are required to work with machinery, that they are given the necessary guidelines so that they know how they should operate the machinery without endangering their health and safety. Therefore, they should be given adequate training and clear instructions on how the machines should be used. Further, if the employees are required to work with dangerous chemicals and fumes, you will have to make sure that they have safety gear such as goggles and masks to protect them from the exposure.
Say no to harassment
It is also important to make sure that the employees are safe from harassment and intimidation of any kind. You will have to create awareness on the need to respect each other in the office environment. You will also have to make sure that the employees are aware that any act of intimidation or harassment will be severely and promptly dealt with. You will also have to make sure that victims of such harassment and intimidation are able to access help promptly and that the information is kept confidential.