For business owners, there are all sorts of scenarios you have to be prepared for. Most bosses and managers have contingency plans for a wide range of scenarios (many of them have been forced to use their work-from-home protocols of late!), no matter if it’s an emergency, or some run of the mill situation. Generally, as a matter of course, most companies have emergency and safety protocols posted somewhere where all employees can familiarize themselves with them. Your business should be no exception.
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You should also have items on hand to help facilitate your business in times of crisis or emergency. Hopefully, these items won’t have to be used, or at the very least will be used sparingly. Having them on hand, though, will ensure the safety and wellbeing of your business, your employees, and even your customers. We’ve taken the time to list a few of these safety resources and items below.
Generators and More
In the event of a power outage, generally speaking, things are back up and running again within an hour or two with no harm done. But if you run an essential business that can’t stay closed, and you’re looking at lengthy power outages that can’t be righted within a short time (or you have items and/or products that might spoil in the absence of power), you may want to have a generator on hand.
Having a genset or diesel generator on hand to power up your business and keep it running while you wait for the power company to get things fixed is a really smart investment for your business. It can mean the difference between staying closed for days at a time or being open and running, providing your customers with the goods and services they need.
Diesel generators are reasonably affordable, and come in various sizes and varieties so you can choose the one that is the best fit for your particular business, making sure you invest in one that can provide power for your entire office.
First Aid Kits and Medical Supplies
If you run a warehouse or company with a lot of risky equipment, or where employees do physically demanding labor with risk of injury, having a first aid kit and other safety items is a very good idea. Beyond just gauze, antiseptic and bandages, you should provide your customers with safety masks such as N95s, safety googles, knee and back braces, pain killers such as ibuprofen and tylenol, as well as having medical equipment on hand such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, and more.
Having these items on-hand, even if they are rarely used, will make the entire workplace safer and more secure. It will reduce the risk of workplace injury (therefore reducing the amount of money you have to pay for workman’s comp) and increase productivity among your employees.
Cleaning Supplies and Sanitary Items
You should also be providing your workplace with items to keep the office clean and sanitary, in addition to the janitorial services that you likely pay for. Just keeping items on hand for safety and cleanliness such as brooms, mops, paper towels, dusters, recycling bins, gloves, masks, cleaning solution, as well as keeping items replenished in bathrooms and eating spaces, so that customers can be clean and sanitary, is a good way to ensure a clean and safe workplace.
Encouraging employees to clean up after themselves and always follow proper procedure for safety and cleanliness is paramount. You may even wish to put up a chart or guide on the walls of the breakroom or inventory floor.
Also recycle and encourage your employees to do the same wherever possible to reduce the amount of waste you produce and create a cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly environment in the workplace.
Procedures and More
Likely your employees will undergo safety training at the start of their employment, going through procedures for emergency situations. Make sure detailed guides are given to your employees to review, as well as have these procedures posted somewhere they can clearly see. You may also wish to update these procedures and go through the training and safety protocols again from time to time to refresh everyone’s memory. You can never be too safe!
If you follow these steps – having emergency equipment on hand, as well as medical and other safety and cleaning equipment, and making sure your employees have good working knowledge of how to employ all of these and handle emergency situations – your workplace will be overall a much safer and productive place to be.