When it comes to safety preparedness, there is a significant discrepancy in how truly prepared organizations are versus how prepared they perceive themselves to be. While nearly 75% of employees believe their company takes safety seriously, only about 50% know of a concrete safety plan should disaster strike.
In the recent web exclusive for Today’s Facility Manager, “Safety Preparedness, Perception Versus Fact?” author Anne Vazquez explains that a recent study by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., revealed a significant discrepancy between perception and fact when it comes to safety preparedness for commercial facilities.
In an effort to assist facility managers and owners in accounting the various areas of potential concern when it comes to safety, the following precautions can be taken to prepare for emergencies and prevent accidents:
- Develop and communicate a clear-cut emergency evacuation plan.
- Stock up on critical emergency items, including fire extinguishers, first aid kits, water, etc.
- Consider installing safe flooring, such as matting, and hazard signs where appropriate to prevent accidents and everyday occurrences such as trips or falls.
- To address issues of pain or discomfort in employees due to unsafe or uncomfortable equipment, facility managers should look into providing workstations and chairs with beneficial ergonomics to promote employee comfort and health.
- Digital security should be a priority. Ensuring data is backed up is critical should an emergency or disaster occur.
Organizations and facility managers have the responsibility of keeping their employees and building occupants safe and secure. Spending the time up front to evaluate safety precautions and safety plans has the potential for significant savings long-term.
To learn more about safety preparedness and how commercial businesses can be sure they are prepared for whatever emergency situation may arise, visit http://www.todaysfacilitymanager.com/2013/07/web-exclusive-safety-preparedness-perception-vs-fact.
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