Building safety is a crucial aspect of every workplace and is vital in helping to reduce the risk of insurance claims, which can often have a significant impact on a company’s finances. In observance of National Building Safety Month, there are unique ways that businesses can highlight the importance of safety in the workplace, including how to take proactive steps to help protect their employees, customers, and property.
Safety in the Workplace
Proper building safety includes the prevention of accidents and injuries caused by fire, structural failures, falls, and other hazards. It’s essential in all workplaces, but especially important in buildings that are older, have outdated infrastructure, or may house hazardous materials.
Companies have an obligation to ensure a secure working environment and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for building safety, including requirements for fire prevention, electrical safety, and fall protection. Employers should also provide training to workers on how to operate safely within buildings and worksites, including how to identify and avoid building hazards.
The Importance of Building Safety
To promote building safety in the workplace, companies can implement the following practices:
- Regular Inspection and Maintenance: Buildings should be inspected regularly to identify and repair any faults or hazards. Electrical systems, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, elevators, and fire protection systems should be checked regularly to ensure that they are in good working order.
- Proper Training: Employees should receive training on building safety, including how to recognize and avoid building hazards, and how to respond to building-related emergencies. Training should also cover proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency response procedures.
- Clear Guidelines: Clear guidelines and procedures for working within buildings should be established and communicated to all employees. This includes guidelines for working at heights, handling hazardous materials, and responding to building emergencies.
- Updated Equipment: Equipment used within buildings, such as elevators, should be updated regularly to ensure they meet current safety standards.
- Compliance with OSHA Standards: Employers should comply with OSHA standards for building safety. Failure to comply with these standards can result in costly penalties and fines, as well as employee injuries.
Promoting Building Safety in the Workplace
Building safety is essential for protecting workers, visitors, and company property. By implementing regular inspections, proper training, clear guidelines, updated equipment, and compliance with OSHA standards, businesses can create a safe working environment that promotes productivity and protects the bottom line. Contact Amerisure’s Risk Management team for an array of customized and innovative solutions to help ensure your company is a safe and successful workplace.