5 Tips for Minimizing Business Risk & Creating a Safe Work Environment
As the discussion shifts to opening up again, small to large businesses are contemplating what that really means. How can businesses minimize risks? Here are 5 things businesses can do to protect employees and customers in the days, weeks and months ahead.
DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE TO MITIGATE RISK & REDUCE LIABILITIES
Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.
DEVELOP A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT PLAN
- Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allows for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities
- Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines
- Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices
- Encourage frequent hand washing
- Provide hand sanitizer stations
- Develop a daily disinfection plan
- Remind employees to stay home if they are sick
COMMUNICATE YOUR PLAN
Don’t assume your employees or tenants know what steps you’re taking to minimize risk —tell them! Communicating your plan will help provide some needed reassurance that their health and safety is your top priority.
INSPECT & DISINFECT THE RIGHT WAY
- Disinfect spaces, furnishings and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace
- Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks
- Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)
According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), here are two hidden risks you should consider 1) MOLD GROWTH 2) BACTERIA IN WATER SYSTEMS
STAY ON TOP OF REGULAR DISINFECTION & PREVENTATIVE MAINTAINANCE
While you’re focused on opening up again don’t forget the importance of maintaining a consistent cadence of regular and preventative maintenance activities. Prevent that project you put off before the shutdown from becoming the next disaster.
Peace of mind is a wonderful thing. Following these steps can provide businesses and occupants comfort knowing their health and safety is your top priority.
To ensure your building is ready to reopen, schedule a consultation or reach out to your Interstate Account Manager to discuss service options.