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Employee Health And Safety: Inside And Out

When we work to keep our staff safe, it doesn’t just include the preventing of workplace fires or making sure that the wires are cabled together, there is the aspect of preventing illness in the workplace. In the UK alone, staff illness costs businesses £32 million a year.

While electrical testing and tagging is an essential component of keeping the business running smoothly and safely, what can we do to keep our staff in the best shape and our working environment as safe as possible?

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A healthy employee is a happy employee. Having the office comfortable can consist of the basics like:

  • Adequate ventilation.
  • A comfortable temperature to work in.
  • Lighting that is suitable for the work being done.
  • Making sure that there is enough space for your staff to move around, as well as suitable workstations and seating.
  • Having a clean workplace with waste containers, such as recycling bins.

While the office environment is one factor to keep in mind for healthy and safe employees, the topic of mental health is something that is being discussed more. While in some places it can still be considered a bit of a taboo, but you can overcome this with your employees by having what is called an “open door policy.”

If you are more receptive to their needs they are more inclined to open up and tell you what they are going through. If you sense that a member of staff is going through a difficult time, here are some steps to take:

Choose An Appropriate Place To Talk

Pick a quiet spot where the person feels comfortable.

Encourage Conversation

People in this situation may feel like they are unable to open up properly. If you ask open questions to start a dialogue and be patient, this will go in the right direction.

Reassure That This Is Confidential

For their peace of mind, and for the business, you need to make sure that whatever they say is confidential. The information they may give could be very sensitive. If you need to address issues with another person present, then you need to ask what information they are happy to have shared.

Listen

Be open, and respond accordingly. This person is confiding in you, so be respectful of that.

Make The Appropriate Adjustments

As you are needing to run a business, but you need to be sensitive to your employee’s needs, it is best to ask what you can do for them to identify their needs and so you can make the right adjustments or reduce workplace triggers.

Common Causes Of Workplace Fires: How To Protect Your Business

 

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As exciting the idea of running your own business might be, it could all go up in smoke with just one mistake.

The threat of a fire is an ever-present one, and it can occur for all sorts of reasons.

We’ve gathered some of the common hazards to watch out for, as well as some helpful tips to prevent them in the first place.

 

1. Human Error

It’s far too easy for human error to become a factor in a workplace fire. It’s one of the most common reasons they start, to begin with, and it’s not hard to understand why.

All it takes is one person to burn something in the kitchen or spill a drink onto electrical equipment to cause a huge hazard.

The best ways to avoid this from occurring is to implement effective fire training for your employees. Whether you do this via an in-house seminar or provide e-learning tools is totally up to you.

 

2. Electrical Fires

It might not surprise you to hear that electrical fires are possibly the most common cause of all. The obvious dangers come in the form of loose wires, overloaded plugs and much more.

Businesses don’t always take as much care as they should in getting equipment tested, leading to electrical fires.

Another danger comes in the form of data center rooms and systems overheating. Equipment like servers that give off a huge amount of heat is vulnerable to fires in the worst cases.

Good data center designers protect against this with fire safety measures to prevent this issue from occurring.

 

3. Flammable Liquids

Businesses that operate in factories and warehouses might come into contact with flammable liquids on a regular basis. Without the right safety measures in place, this could cause a catastrophic fire in the worst instances.

If you come into contact with these types of liquids, you need to set a clear safety policy for the business and its employees. Ensure that everyone adheres to it as necessary, or the results could be fatal.

There are easy ways to dispose of dangerous liquids safely, and outsourced companies can also help with this.

 

4. Arson

What, you don’t think this is a common cause? Unfortunately, it’s a fairly frequent thing. Certain businesses will be targeted with arson more than others, of course, but you should always prevent against it.

In particularly bad cases, an arson fire can spread across multiple buildings causing horrendous damage.

So, what can you do? Fireproof shutters are one way of protecting your business in the event that a vandal targets it.

You could also think about installing additional security measures like CCTV to deter would-be criminals. The more security you can implement both inside and outside the business; the less likely you are to be targeted.

 

5. General Negligence

Sometimes, negligence doesn’t come in the form of human error. It can take all sorts of forms, from improperly storing paper to covering air supplies. The person knows they’re doing it, but they don’t understand the repercussions.

Again, these kinds of behaviors can be solved with company training. It’s imperative to get across that fire safety needs to be taken seriously within the business.