How to Keep a Safe Workplace

By Crystal Newton on Jul 9th, 2014 12:45 PM

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Whether you are a business owner, manager or employee, it’s important to keep your place of business safe for yourself, co-workers and guests.  Today's technology makes it easier than ever to keep a safe workplace. However, ensuring a secure working environment still requires some degree of know-how. Follow these tips to make sure your workplace remains safe and secure.

  • A good security system is crucial to the safety of any business. It is extremely important to keep on top of what is happening in your workplace at all times.  Modern security systems make it possible to monitor your business remotely through a secure internet connection via your computer, smartphone, or other internet connected device.  Be sure that the proper personnel are trained on the system and the appropriate people are listed to be contacted in case of an emergency.

  • Keep bushes and shrubs cut to a low height, eliminating areas the burglars could hide at night.  Be sure and install motion lights and consider outdoor surveillance cameras to monitor your facility after hours.

  • Routine equipment maintenance is important for a number of reasons – not only to avoid unnecessary equipment problems, and the often exorbitant expenses that go along with those problems – but also to avoid needless safety issues that can and often do result from improper maintenance.

  • Improper training is an unfortunately common issue in the working world, and not only can inadequate employee training cause avoidable expenses and other problems for your business – but it can also result in some serious safety problems that can put everybody involved with your business at risk.

  • Workplace safety is not the sole responsibility of the business owner. Effective risk reduction is team effort, which is appropriate since it does concern everybody. Adequately safe workplaces involve a system in which employees report potential problems, and are encouraged to report all incidents no matter how small.

  • Consider access control to monitor who enters and exits your building and when.  Access control eliminates the need for key copies and the rekeying of locks after staff changes.

All of these are important aspects of workplace safety. However, the owners and the employees of a workplace do not have to be alone when securing their working environment. Technology has evolved rapidly over the last few years, and has improved countless facets of modern life, including security.


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