When people think of business these days, they usually think of calm, safe office jobs. But there are still plenty of startups that have to work with dangerous materials! Here are some essential bits of knowledge for those business owners in such a situation.
1. Make Sure the Signage isn’t Vague in Any Way
If your employees made it through high school, then there’s a chance they got through some basic chemistry lessons. In those lessons, they would have learned what all those different ‘danger’ signs mean. But that doesn’t mean you should assume that your employees still remember all those details. Heck, you shouldn’t even assume that they were even taught them in the first place!
If your workplace is filled with different danger signs, then you should make sure your employees actually know what they all mean. Don’t use danger signs that only use symbols with no text. Corrosive, flammable, and irritant materials should be labeled as such using text. If you’ve got a sign up somewhere that says DANGER, then include information about where and what the danger is.
2. Invest in Supervisors and Encourage Employees to Report Faults
It’s amazing how many workplace accidents occur because no-one reports an issue. Sometimes, it’s because employees are afraid to bring a fault to their boss’s attention, as though they’ll somehow be blamed for it. Well, there are two ways to tackle this.
You could be sure to hire someone who actually has the job of reporting any problems. A safety supervisor is essential in any workplace in which danger is a common element. Of course, all your other employees should still be on the lookout for dangers as they go about their regular work. Make sure they know that you need them to report these dangers because it helps you keep them safe.
3. Keep Hazardous Materials Stored Correctly – On-Site or in Transit
Hazardous materials shouldn’t be just lying around for anyone to access. Most of the time, these materials need to be kept in a storage space that was specifically designed to hold those materials. The storage spaces may need to be strong enough to prevent spill damage. They may also need to prevent materials from reacting with each other.
Of course, you can’t just consider the on-site risks. If you need to send a dangerous material from one place to another, then that introduces a whole host of new dangers. Companies like SEPMAR can help you safely store dangerous goods on-site and get them from A to B without problems.
4. Hygiene Should be a Top Priority
A lot of modern companies let their employees eat pretty much anywhere. There was once a time when all offices would ban employees from, say, eating at their desk or eating in meetings. But modern workplaces are a lot more easy about that sort of thing.
Sadly, that doesn’t quite apply to you! You need to make sure that employees are only eating and drinking in designated places. (Of course, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to carry sealed water bottles around with them.) There are too many safety risks to allow them to eat anywhere. So you need to be a bit stricter about that. And make sure they have easy access to plenty of cleaning stations!