Workplace safety

2020 Tips for Workplace Safety

National Safety Month is here! As businesses and employees begin to transition back to work, it’s even more important to establish good workplace safety protocols. Having good safety in the workplace can help foster a healthier and happier work environment. Here are some tips for workplace safety after transitioning back from COVID-19.

Workplace Training

Make sure that employees and staff have the proper training for their jobs. For certain industries, having proper training on how to operate equipment and machinery can potentially save lives! It’s best to try to mitigate risks and avoid workplace injuries when possible.

Workplace training could involve reviewing safety measures, getting certifications, or even a quick refresher. If you are ever in doubt, you can hire a professional for help. For instance, the National Safety Council (NSC) offers safety training and certifications for safety compliance, best practices, and even customized training as needed. After quarantine and stay at home, orders are lifted, your employees might feel rusty and need a review as they head back to their jobs.

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Driving and Operating Vehicles

If you or your employees drive a vehicle for work, make sure that you are prepared for the dangers on the road. Make sure to brush up on the rules of the road and ways to be safer behind the wheel. You and your employees should review safe driving behaviors to help mitigate risks on the road. Learn more about driving for delivery services here.

It’s also a good idea to review your auto insurance policy. Perhaps you’ve seen a rise in delivery requests or you’ve increased your fleet because of the effects of COVID-19. Maybe your business needs or functions have changed during this pandemic. Call up your insurance agent to make sure you are prepared in the event of an accident. 

First Aid

You should always have some safety measures in place for your workplace. One of these is safety training and first aid. While we always hope that nothing will go wrong, sometimes things do. Having basic first aid training can help when incidents occur. You can also get your employees first aid training so they can help in the event of an emergency. 

You should also think about a situation where someone gets hurt on the job. Is your workers comp enough to help protect your business and your employees? Review your workers comp policy with an agent. They can help you with the coverage that your business needs.

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Emergency Plans

Do your employees know what to do if there is a fire? What are you emergency evacuation procedure? Make sure to review emergency plans with your employees. This way, there is not confusion if these incidents occur. Practicing emergency plans help keep everyone safe when there is a dangerous situation. You should also test your fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and other altering systems regularly. 

Post-Pandemic Planning

As your company thinks about going back to work, keep safety in mind. How will you keep your employees safe? Consider what safety measures need to be in place as you go back to work. Make sure that your employees feel comfortable and safe with the working conditions. As Massachusetts continues to open in Phase 2, be prepared to face challenges. It can feel daunting and uneasy, but keeping workplace safety in mind can help your team navigate these challenging times. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to an Encharter agent! We are here to help answer any questions you might have about your workplace safety and insurance needs. They can also help find gaps in coverage and find the right policy for your workplace!

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