In your manufacturing facility, you have likely put a lot of effort into making sure the factory floor is as safe for your employees as possible, but you need to ask yourself a simple question: Is that also true for support staff in your back office?
After all, there are plenty of workplace safety hazards that may seem more innocuous, but are still potentially dangerous if you or your staff are not careful. These include the following considerations:
1) It's vital to have emergency procedures in place
Just as you almost certainly have plans for how your employees will respond to a risky situation on your factor floor, the same should be true of? back-office issues that could put your workers in danger, according to SFM. Likewise, it's a good idea to not just have plans, but also train employees for how to follow them. That way, whether it's a potential fire, a slip-and-fall injury or something else entirely, everyone will know how to proceed.
2) Electrical cords can be big hazards
These days, our lives seem to be ruled by cords that power devices of all shapes and sizes, but if you're not careful, those cords can create more risk than you realize, SFM said. They could be an obstacle to trip over if they're not properly laid out, an electrocution risk if they are damaged but still in use, or even a potential fire hazard if there are too many plugged into a single outlet.
3) Make sure everything is well-lit
You never want to create a situation where employees cannot see well enough to, for instance, go use a dimly lit stairway or walk to their cars through a darkened parking lot safely, according to Atlantic Training. Consequently, be proactive about fixing or replacing flickering or burned-out bulbs whenever they arise. As an added bonus, good lighting can also deter many kinds of crime at your facility.
4) Know the unique risk factors
No two manufacturing facilities are the same, and that's also true of the people who work in them, Atlantic Training added. As such, whatever safety plans and procedures you put in place should take the unique issues that might arise in your specific building, because you never want to be too general. You may not be able to adequately plan for every little risk, but doing as much as you can will go a long way toward helping you maintain the strongest safety record as possible.
5) Reduce slipping and tripping risks
With that said, one risk that's prevalent in your back office, parking lot, stairwells, factory floor, loading dock and everywhere else on the property is the possibility of slipping or tripping, according to Safety + Health magazine. Every employee, no matter what they do for your company or their physical fitness, could injure themselves in such an incident, so identifying potential areas of risk and doing whatever you can to minimize them is a must.