You owe it to your business and your employees to do all you can to keep them safe while they are at work. Today this means doing things like a criminal background check on all your employees and instituting other safety measures. Here’s a list of a few of the most effective safety measures that you should consider to make your workplace safer.
Do a criminal background check on your employees
For many companies like security companies, banks, and companies with high-level security clearances, conducting criminal background checks on their employees is a standard part of their hiring process. However many companies consider it too invasive to conduct criminal background checks on their employees. In today’s world, nothing could be further from the truth. You owe it to yourself, your employees, and your business, to do everything that you can to understand the background of the people that you have employed. Many people appear to be one thing and in actuality they are something completely different. This does not mean that you will take any action based on their background, it only means that you will have all the information about their background should you decide to hire them or keep them employed.
Create a safety checklist and contingency plan
You should create for all of your employees a safety checklist and a contingency plan for if there is a safety issue at your place of business. This checklist should include every potential safety issue and a clearly spelled out set of actions each employee should take in order to make sure that they are safe, they can contact police, fire, or an ambulance, and even how they could treat themselves or fellow employees who might be injured. It should also give them clear indications of things to look for that might lead to a dangerous situation and it should direct them to exits in your business that are far away from the dangerous situation that is occurring. Having a plan that your employees are clear about can save lives and your business.
Hire a worksite security firm
Many businesses are worried about workplace violence and with the high incidences of it occurring all around the country, it is definitely a legitimate concern that demands focus and attention. Businesses have installed cameras and self-locking doors on their premises and these have proven to be great additions in improving safety, but there is another important and more effective step that businesses can take and that is to hire a worksite security officer.
The reality is that when you have a security officer at your work site the incidences of crime committed by your employees and others at your business, greatly diminishes. Security officers act as an effective deterrent to those who might consider trying to harm your employees or cause damage to your business. And in the event that an employee, former employee or anyone else does try to harm any of your employees or cause damage to your business, this person is trained to end the threat. Mini security guards today are armed and all have security gear designed to immobilize anyone causing harm. They can also quickly involve the police which can diffuse or stop a dangerous situation happening at your business.
Consider these common sense measures to ensure the safety of your business and your employees.