When it comes to business matters, many company owners focus on the financial aspects of things primarily. That’s fine, but one of the quickest ways to get into trouble is if you don’t pay attention to health and safety risks as part of your overall priority as well. One health or safety accident, and you can very easily bankrupt your company if you don’t have the proper procedures in place.
So, when it comes to things like sterilization of equipment, keeping up on reports about accidents in your industry, making sure that you pay attention to employee concerns, reading up on OSHA requirements, and generally over-regulating your health and safety practices at your company, it really does benefit you to emphasize all of these things.
Sterilization of Equipment
If you have any sort of equipment that comes into contact with bacteria, viruses, or any human bodily fluids, you have to be obsessive about sterilizing your equipment. If something that you don’t do as part of your company standard operating procedures gets someone sick or injures someone, whether it’s an employee or a client, then you can be in a whole lot of trouble very quickly. It’s easier to simply avoid this in the first place.
Read News Reports About Accidents
Another way to help you pay attention to safety and health risks that might be part of your company’s day-to-day behavior would be to read daily reports about accidents in your industry. If your company has something to do with the health industry, read up on health news to see if anything has happened that you will definitely want to avoid in your own activities.
Pay Attention To Employee Concerns
A big part of any business is paying attention to employee concerns, especially when it comes to health and safety. So, always err on the side of caution. If an employee says that some workstation at your main office has some sort of potential health risk, or a safety violation is present, listen to them immediately and handle it accordingly.
Read Up on OSHA Requirements
Depending on what your company does specifically, you may need to be aware of OSHA requirements. Especially if you run a larger business, there may be inspections that come through to make sure that you are doing everything you need to with respect to local, state, and federal regulations. This is not a good group of people to cross, especially if you don’t want to get fined.
Over-Regulate Your Practices
In the end, the more you self-police and over-regulate your business health and safety activities, the better chance you have of being on the right side of legal regulations as well as financial positivity. Good business practices don’t cut corners, and that goes especially for any sort of industry where health and safety is a primary concern.
Originally posted on June 12, 2017 @ 10:12 pm