As a business owner and employer, you have a responsibility to your employees to ensure workplace safety. Training and planning for staff and visitor safety is time-consuming, but when seconds count, that investment is invaluable.
Be Proactive When it Comes to Safety
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 reported that there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016. This was a 7% increase from 2015 and means that each day, approximately 14 workers are killed on the job.
At the same time, workplace violence injuries increased by 23%, making it the second-most common cause of workplace fatality. During the same period, drug overdoses on the job increased by 32 %. These and other workplace trends point to an increased need for reviewing—and if necessary—revising your workplace safety plans.
Appoint a Safety Officer and Update and Train Staff Regularly
The duties of a safety officer may vary in organizations, but a prime responsibility is compliance with the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, commonly known as OSHA. If your business involves construction, safety officers must have several years of field experience to qualify for this type of job. If your business is small, the person you designate may have other duties within your organization.
Once a policy has been finalized, the safety officer alerts workers about the change and monitors compliance. They may also ask each employee to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of the information.
Seek Appropriate Guidance
If you are a small business owner, the OSHA website offers a variety of publications that should prove helpful. Also helpful is the fact that a confidential OSHA On-Site Consultation Program is available at no-cost to small and mid-size businesses. Annual fire safety inspections are required by law and will be conducted by your local fire department at a low cost to you. For example, The Denver Colorado Fire Department conducts inspections of the city’s 24,000 commercial occupancies (businesses, schools, institutions, apartment buildings, etc.) to ensure conditions at those properties are in compliance with the Denver Fire Code. Once on-site, fire inspectors will check your building’s exits, emergency lighting, exit signs, components of fire-resistive separation, access roadways and fire lanes, and testing and maintenance records of fire-safety systems. They will also make sure there is an emergency evacuation plan in place.
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