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Safety & Security in the Workplace

by Jim Welte

Workplace safety refers to how working conditions in your company affect the workers’ well-being and health. These include procedures you have in place to protect employees from work-related hazards, and how you handle violence, drug and alcohol related problems among workers. Workplace security, on the other hand, refers to your organization’s policies and preparedness to prevent or handle situations such as unlawful entries, theft, kidnappings and fire breakouts. There are ways to improve safety and security in your organization, which in turn will boost creativity and increase production.

Safety and Security Training

Organize regular safety and security training sessions for your employees. These sessions enable your workers to understand your procedures on reporting workplace violence and abuse. They will also learn the significance of reporting potential workplace hazards that may result from faulty machines or worn-out equipment. Lessons on how to use safety apparatus, such as fire extinguishers, and knowing how to get to emergency exits in cases of fire breakout, can also be part of the training program.

Improve Machine Operation Policies

Fit factory machines that can harm workers with equipment control tools. The machine operators should also respect company policies that require them to use safety clothing and accessories, such as overalls, gloves and goggles. Create and distribute machine operation manuals. This can help to reduce accidents that are the result of human error.

Emergency Response Strategy

Efficient response to emergencies, such as gas spillage, robbery or power losses that may threaten your workers’ safety and security is vital. Installing an automatic backup electricity generator can, for instance, help workers in the event of a sudden power failure. Backup communication equipment provides a means of communication to ensure safe evacuation of the premises should a natural disaster cut off ordinary phone lines and Internet service. Put first aid kits in all departments.

Security and Safety Incentives

Offer incentives to employees who have zero-accident records over a set period of time. This can be a way to encourage safety and security practices in your organization. The rewards also can motivate employees who have shown a high level of commitment during disaster management operations. Cash and non-cash incentives, such as restaurant gift certificates, can also be given to employees who have contributed to improving your organization’s safety and security measures.

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