Creating safer spaces for your small business employees

By Henry Brown

Your business premises, whether it’s an office, warehouse, store, or workshop, is more than just a place to get work done. It’s an asset that can help your employees work better, making them more efficient and giving them plenty of motivation. But, most importantly, it should provide a safe environment for them to get their work done. Here are a few changes you can make to ensure you provide the safety employees need.

Visibility is crucial

Whether it’s for navigation, transporting goods, or simply moving from place to place, effective navigation prevents accidents. Good lighting can ensure that people can see the path they need to take and any obstacles, while floor-marking shows them the purpose of spaces and how they should approach them. Marking off walkways can remind your employees not to leave any goods or equipment in those spaces, and it can also be used to warn employees about upcoming steps or boundaries that they can miss if, for instance, they have their hands full.

Give them some solid ground

When it comes to slips, trips, and falls, issues on the floor that may sometimes be invisible to the employees are often the root cause. Leaving obstacles on the ground due to a lack of floor-marking is one example but sometimes the floor itself isn’t fit to purpose. Commercial flooring contractors can help you find the safest floor for your needs, preventing slips and ensuring that spills are easier to clean. As slips, trips, and falls are still the most common kind of workplace accident, you would do well not to underestimate them and have the right flooring in place to ensure solid footing.

Keep it clean

When it comes to securing walkways and spaces that are heavily trafficked, non-slip commercial flooring can help you reduce the chances of an accident. However, if there are obstacles like trash in the way or slippery liquids have been spilled there, it’s still a risk. Using a commercial cleaning team can ensure that the area is not only secure but also hygienic, reducing the risk of employees getting sick at work, which not only threatens to take them out of the workplace but can spread to everyone else as well.

Comfort is also a safety concern

The word “comfort” might sound optional to some, but when it comes to the health of your employees, a comfortable work environment is anything but. The right furniture, such as ergonomic seats and tables designed to keep workstations at eye level, can prevent back and joint pain that can eventually become chronic. Ensuring the air is clean through good AC and ventilation reduces their likelihood of falling sick in the office as well. What’s more, comfort can help them fight the stress of the workplace, taking a positive approach to their ongoing mental health, too.

Focusing on safety prevent accidents doesn’t just save you the cost of worker’s comp. It also shows your team that you are concerned for their wellbeing, and failing to do that can make it much harder to retain a good team.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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