Hiring employees and running your own business means that it’s your responsibility to make sure that they are safe at work. While it’s a big responsibility to take on, it’s also the bare minimum of what an employee expects from their workplace; to be safe and work in a healthy environment that doesn’t present any health hazards.
You can easily ensure this, though, as long as you know about the biggest issues that offices tend to experience. It just makes it a bit easier to take care of your employees and keep your promises of a safe and healthy workplace at all times.
Here is a handful of the most common ones and how to fix them so that you can get back to running your business a bit quicker.
First: Check for pests
While we tend to associate pests with domestic homes, it’s also quite common to find this problem in office buildings as there are so many places to hide.
You may not be too worried about the damage they could be doing to the structure of your office building, but pests can bring with them a lot of different issues that you really don’t want your employees to face in the office.
Keep your ears open for any sounds, check for droppings on the floor, and remember that both beehives and pigeons love to nest underneath the shelter of these buildings.
It’s the kind of health hazards you’d probably prefer to spare your employees from when they’re on their way to and from work. Call for pest control services right away if you suspect that you might have any of these issues and the little creatures shouldn’t have too much time to get settled in.
Next: Clear the floor
Did you know that trips and falls are the biggest workplace hazard these days? Employees all over the country are tripping over unattended boxes, stumbling over a random wire, and even falling by simply stepping too quickly on a slippery floor. Falling, in general, is never fun – but falling hard can be quite dangerous.
Take care of this common office issue by, first of all, making sure that the floor is tidy and that no wire is randomly stretching across it and waiting for someone to stumble into it. Keep it tidy, stack away those boxes, and consider getting a carpet for your floor in case it’s rather smooth and slippery.
While both your computers and your employees can get a virus, it’s the latter you need to focus on this winter. They tend to spread when we use those computers as well, though, so remember to wipe off the keyboard before and after each use – and consider placing some antibacterial wipes on each desk so that your team can take care of it themselves.
Making sure that everyone is safe while working is one thing, but seeing to that they are healthy as well is a bit more difficult. Make it clear that anyone who is feeling under the weather should stay at home and enable flexible solutions so that those with a slight sniffle can work from home, and you’re at least making it a bit easier.