When your employees come to work each day, their expectations shouldn’t be terribly unreasonable. They should expect payment (obviously), you to treat them with dignity, and keep them safe. As a business owner, you have an obligation to do your best to protect your employees. Here are four ways your business could become a safer place to work in 2018:

Security System

A beefed-up security system can go a long way in terms of making you and your employees feel safer. If you’re worried about potential intruders, now is your time to implement a high-quality security system. Look for one that will not be breached. You can also use things like name-tags and metal detectors. It’s important that you are able to make sure that everyone who’s in your workplace belongs there. It will cost more money, but it will definitely be worth it. Ask other business owners you know about their security systems and what they think of them.

Temperature Control

There’s a big difference between working up a good sweat and working up one that’s not so good. In physically-demanding fields, it’s easy for workers to become dehydrated, drained, and end up fainting. In order to prevent that, you need the best chilling equipment possible. An air-cooled chiller in a warehouse can be a great way to prevent exhaustion and other serious medical problems.

Safety Training

Your employees might be aware of some of the dangers that lurk around but not all of them. You should hold safety training seminars to help them realize how crucial their safety is. Run them yourself or bring in someone who specializes in such matters. This doesn’t have to be a one-time thing, either. You should hold safety training regularly. It’s especially important to hold following an injury. You should also make sure that are demonstrating the principles of safety that you’re advocating for.

Accountability

You’re a boss, not a babysitter. It’s impossible for you to hover over your employees constantly. Instead, you should ensure they are held accountable for their actions. If someone is being deliberately unsafe, have employees call them out. It doesn’t have to be seen as tattling. You need your employees to treat the workplace and each other with absolute respect.

No place is completely free of dangers, businesses include. With this guide, we’re not talking about outright eliminating risks. Instead, we’re talking about doing all you can to minimize them.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.