Workplace safety is now a vital issue in every office. Aside from the ethics of keeping your employees safe, company owners now understand that even a relatively minor injury can place the business in financial difficulties.
Unsurprisingly, safety isn't a high priority among entrepreneurs and small business owners. Some employers believe that insurance is enough to cover hurt workers while others think you have to spend a lot of money to keep the office safe.
Luckily, there's a happy middle ground where you can keep your employees safe without breaking your budget. Here are some suggestions:
Design a Logical Plan for Your Office
A good layout ensures that space is maximized and that key features, like vents and space heaters, are not blocked by furniture. Streamline the area by arranging cubicles carefully and choosing ergonomically correct tables and chairs. Put supplies near the equipment they'll be used for and leave enough room for additional chairs in case clients visit.
It's vital that your office is not crowded. Cramped spaces is a fire hazard. The lack of space can also cause employees to bruise themselves while also inducing stress. Meanwhile, blocked vents results in poor air circulation while blocked heaters can overheat and start a fire.
Utilize Lights Effectively
The majority of burglaries take place at night, so make sure that your office has adequate security lighting. Placing bright lights around the perimeter can make burglars feel exposed and vulnerable. These lights also allow employees to see who's approaching the office quickly.
Small business owners should consider investing in passive infrared lighting. This security lighting is only activated when someone enters its field of vision. It's efficient and cost-effective since it just turns on under specific conditions.
Keep Things Organized
Store newsletters, manuals, and other reading materials in stackable bins or crates. Keeping them in one place will save you time when you're looking for information. You should also bundle together the computer, telephone, printer, and other electronic cords and tie them with a plastic tie. Another option would be to put these cords inside a long tube that has an opening along its length. Keeping paper and reading material in bins and bundling cords together ensures that won't be tripping over them and breaking a bone.
It's your duty as an employer to keep your staff and office safe. Getting the right workers insurance is another way to protect the business and your people. At First Iowa Insurance Agency, Inc., we put our clients first by offering them policies that they can afford. Learn more about our products and services by calling our agency at (319) 393-5262. You can also request a free quote by CLICKING HERE.