For small companies with ten or fewer employees, working conditions that preserve their health and safety are sometimes not taken with the necessary importance.
Considering the size of the company’s infrastructure, it is challenging to establish security strategies, but they are necessary. After noticing the high rate of accidents and occupational diseases caused in work environments of companies with small structures, it has been decided to implement the certificates characterized by safety actions with notable differences according to the company’s size.
It is important to highlight that companies with less than 10 employees are a fundamental base of the economy since they offer services that connect with the final consumer. For this reason, it is essential to minimize their risks and focus on occupational health. In view of the mistakes that are often made by small companies, we have decided to share the minimum health and safety actions that should be applied to create a healthy and safe work environment.
Know the risks within the company:
We cannot overlook the perception of possible risks in a workplace, from the design of the workplace, the limitations and signage of risk areas, the location of toilets and drinking water, lighting, fire detectors, and fire extinguishers.
Thorough knowledge of the company’s line of business and the activities carried out by each employee allows us to identify the risks. For example, in cleaning companies, it is vital that employees know the chemicals they are exposed to and ensure they use protective equipment such as gloves, masks, boots, etc.
To overcome this, it is necessary to have the advice of a professional in the area who can analyze from an external point of view and identify the failures and risks within the operation.
Organization and implementation:
By being clear about the risk landscape, it will be easier to create strategies for the work routine that minimize risks.
In most cases, the risks are concentrated in the organization of materials and storage. It is essential to take care of the work area, especially when handling work materials hazardous to health, such as chemicals, glass, or heavy elements.
Changes in the work routine will achieve the desired safety and occupational health success within the company.
Staff training and education:
Sometimes, workplace accidents happen because the employee was unaware of a change in the work routine, the movement of materials, a new water canister, the modification of guardrails, the proper use of a machine, etc.
It is necessary to emphasize the importance of complete training for each member of the operation so that they are aware of the operational process and, at the same time, the risks to which they are exposed and the safety measures to avoid them.
Training and dissemination of changes in the work routine to personnel is the most important step in the implementation of occupational health and safety strategies.
Emergency action plan:
In the event of an accident, employees must know how to act during the emergency; it could be a health emergency with a colleague or a natural situation; in any case, the members of your company must have a plan of action that will help them to survive.
This action plan includes medical insurance, emergency numbers, a first aid kit and training, and an evacuation route.
Periodic health care:
Preventive health screenings can prevent medical complications caused by working conditions at an early stage, which can save the company time and money.
In addition, it is a human value to allow your employees to have a regular health check-ups.
It is always good to have a professional review to optimize occupational health and safety processes. In case you decide to use one, you can count on us.
At Think Safety Solutions we review, analyze and monitor effective recommendations for this department.