Workplace Safety Tips
As a business owner, you have many responsibilities. One of the most important is your obligation to ensure the safety of your employees, customers and everyone else who visits your establishment. Preventing fires in the workplace, along with other safety hazards, allows you to create an environment that adheres to the law, is less stressful, and makes good financial sense.
A legal requirement in Canada
Workplace safety is required by law in Canada. Although the heaviest burden is on employers, workers must also accept their share of this responsibility. Creating and maintaining a safe environment requires education, training and adherence.
Take effective protective measures
Installing TELUS Secure Business monitored smoke detectors will go a long way towards keeping your workplace safe and preventing a fire from either occurring or getting out of hand. How does fire alarm monitoring work? Unlike a regular smoke alarm, this smart smoke detector communicates a signal to a monitoring centre. You are then immediately notified and, if necessary, so are first responders. This means that, even if you are not at your place of business, or if you or your employees are unable to respond, help will still be on its way.
Ensure workplace safety by educating your employees on safety procedures
Workplace preparedness that includes an emergency response plan can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire, accident or other crisis in the workplace.
The most common cause of injury in the Canadian workplace
Every year, over 50,000 injuries are reported that are due to falls. And, each year, hundreds of people are injured or killed due to fire or electrical hazards at work.  Both employers and employees can do their part in creating a safe workplace by recognizing and addressing some common causes for accidents and injuries in the workplace including:
• Fire hazards.
• Electrical hazards like poorly-grounded appliances, over-loaded or loose outlets, frayed or inadequate extension cords.
• Slip, trip and fall hazards.
Accidents also happen when people aren’t fully alert, due to fatigue, low blood sugar or dehydration. Management should stress the importance of getting enough sleep and taking breaks to eat and stay hydrated. Companies should ensure water fountains, coolers or bottled water are available on-site.
Employers should commit to these safety standards:
• Adequate lighting and dry, even flooring throughout your workplace.
• Clean, clutter-free work areas.
• Proper maintenance and repairs of all walkways, steps, stairways, parking lots and safety equipment.
• Safety training for all employees.
It pays to be prepared and have safety procedures in place, including training programs for fire, first aid and emergency evacuation. Trusted employees should be designated to take control in case of an emergency. Being prepared also requires that your company have fire and first aid equipment at hand to help contain and manage the situation while everyone is safely evacuated prior to the arrival of first responders.
A comprehensive and customized fire prevention plan is a must. Putting strong safety measures in place and preparing yourself and your staff for what to do if a fire breaks out are important steps in managing the risk. Appoint a safety officer who is in charge of posting fire escape routes and an exterior meeting place for employees. Fire is a vulnerability that can harm your employees, customers and property, and even result in the end of your business. It is your responsibility to ensure you are doing everything possible with safe workplace techniques to avoid such risks.
TELUS Secure Business can help you protect your business from fire with monitored smoke detectors and a nationwide network of interconnected monitoring centres. To find out more, call 855.958.8181 to speak to one of our business security experts.