The majority of people don’t think too much about keeping their place of work in a great condition, primarily because when they are in work their primary focus is on getting the work done. There are many money mistakes a business can make, but there are also mistakes concerning your workplace. Here are a few tips to help you keep your workplace in a great condition.
Prevent All Preventable Accidents
This means ensuring wires and other trip hazards aren’t strewn across walkways. It also means that people are accountable for spillages, cleaning them promptly so no one falls over. People need to know exactly how to clean certain products up to, oils and grease need to be cleaned up in a certain way otherwise the slippery hazard will just be spread across the floor. Depending on what kind of business you operate, you could install anti-slip flooring in areas where spillages are common. Ensure broken tiles or torn carpets which people could trip over as soon as possible, if they really hurt themselves they could sue the company for a lot of money.
Use A Consistent Cleaning Service
If you’re operating a smaller business you can perhaps put a cleaning rota together, where everyone mucks in and helps out, or make different people accountable for each area, although some areas will be easier to clean than others and could lead to confrontation. If you don’t like this idea you can use a cleaning service who’ll clean your property over night. You should use a regional cleaning service and be sure they’re proficient in your area of business. For example, if you’re looking for medical cleaning services you should ensure the company know how to clean your specific equipment.
Prevent Falling Objects
Just like slipping over, if something falls and hits someone on the head they’re likely going to sue the company. Place heavy objects on lower shelves, and keep equipment away from the edges of desks and tables. Also, refrain from stacking objects in areas where workers walk, including aisles. Keep layout in mind so workers are not exposed to hazards as they walk through areas. You can also ensure workers know about correct procedure and that they aren’t putting themselves in unnecessary risk
Keep PPE Up To Date
If employees are working in a high risk area then they’re likely using protective equipment or clothing. Make sure this is kept up to take and new equipment is being consistently ordered to combat the wear and tear of older equipment. It also pays to ensure colleagues are using PPE correctly, check if they’re wearing the right hats or gloves, because after time, when employees get comfortable, they may stop wearing certain things.
Create Rules And Write Them Down
If rules are written down in a file or book then employees can pick it up and read it when needed. You could also create a sign off book, where employees sign against their name to state they’ve read the rules and regulations you’ve set to keep them safe and the workplace in top condition. If anything gets taken to court this can help show you’re following due diligence. It also gives you a tool with which to discipline consistent offenders, they’ve signed the book, they know they should be wearing equipment or following procedure so why aren’t they?
These tips will get you started and help ensure your workplace is safe for all and that staff are following the correct procedures to facilitate a great working environment. Once changes have been implemented it is vital to ensure they’re followed.