There are many things a business owner must attend to. However, your top priority as an employer should always be the safety and well-being of your employees. Workplace accidents can kill and lead to the total unraveling of a business. You need to do everything you can to prevent such injuries from occurring. This certainly includes training employees on how to perform safety procedures in case of an emergency. Below are four such examples.
First Aid Procedures
In certain industries, employees should certainly know how to apply first aid. While 9-1-1 should always be called after a serious accident, it does take some time for EMTs to arrive on the scene. In the meantime, some first aid may need to be applied. This is especially the case for serious injuries that result in blood loss. Stemming that blood loss before an ambulance arrives can be the difference between life and death.
Employees in all workplaces should know how to safely evacuate the building. There are many scenarios in which evacuations are required including fires, gas leaks, chemical spills, and more. Being able to safely and quickly evacuate is necessary for saving lives. Train employees on how to reach the nearest exists safely, quickly and in an orderly fashion. That orderliness is important and can help avoid further accidents caused by panic.
Fire Safety Procedures
One of most common forms danger can take in a workplace is fire. Fire can destroy, and it can kill. Beyond evacuation procedures, you should also have procedures in place to stop fires before they grow out of control. Employees should know the locations of fire extinguishers and how to use them. With that knowledge, thousands or even millions of dollars can be saved. You should also consider other options. A routine fire safety inspection, for example, can help to stop fires before they even start.
Chemical Safety Procedures
Another common source of workplace accidents is the use of harmful chemicals in production processes. If you use such chemicals to create your products, you should make sure to properly train employees on how to safely handle those chemicals and deal with chemical based accidents. This should include the installation of chemical eyewashes in certain locations in your facility. Employees should know how to use the eyewashes and travel to them quickly even when their eyesight has been impaired by an accident.
Workplace accidents can kill. They can destroy expensive equipment and entire buildings. They can even lead to lawsuits and bad PR in the media. Overall, it’s not only the right thing to do to train employees on how to avoid and respond to workplace accidents. It’s also the smart thing to do as a business owner.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.