Operations – Workplace Safety Policy

Creating a workplace safety policy is not only an ethical responsibility towards your employees, but it is something that can save you time and money.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) penalty for violation of safety rules could make even small business owners liable for substantial penalties.

Here are some tips to help create a safety program for your business:

Know Your Industry Standards – Every business has different general industry standards to comply with, which cover things like safety exits, ventilation, hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, sanitation, first aid, and fire safety.  Ask your insurance carrier to have a safety specialist come to your business and make recommendations.  Insurers are typically happy to do this since the safer your business is, the fewer accident claims you will file.  You can also contact your chamber of commerce, industry trade association and other business groups.  Many offer safety seminars and can provide you with safety training literature.

Put It In Writing – After creating a safety program, create a safety manual.  Instructions for what to do in the event of a fire, natural disaster or any catastrophe your business may face should be written down.  Have an insurance professional, a government representative and an attorney review the finished manual.  Make sure to emphasize the importance of safety with employees – you can even create a “Safe Employee of the Month” award to encourage and promote safety preparedness.

Securing a safety policy is beneficial for your employees and business in general, saving you costs in fines and time dealing with reporting injuries.

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