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Emergency Preparation for Business: Are You Ready?

According to a recent Staples survey, 70% of all business managers claim that their companies have emergency preparation plans in place. Unfortunately, nearly 50% of employees at those companies claim they either don't know the plan or don't know whether the company even has a plan. Emergencies can happen at any time and in any place. You can save time and money for your company by preparing your workers for the unexpected.

Common Workplace Hazards

With all the time you spend on safety drills and emergency plans, don’t forget to prepare your employees for common workplace hazards. A simple slip on some spilled water can result in a lawsuit or leave you without one of your workers for weeks or even months.

One way to combat common workplace hazards is with a cleaning supplies kit. For example, if you always have supplies for cleaning and controlling spills on hand, then your employees will know exactly where to go when a spill happens. Be sure to keep wet floor and safety signs and other safety items in a central location and train your employees how to use them.

Fire Prevention & Safety

Do your employees know what to do if a fire breaks out in the office? Safety drills are the easiest way to teach your employees what to do in an emergency situation. However, only half of workers claim that their companies hold drills. During a safety drill, this is your time to show employees the emergency exits and make sure to explain what to do if a fire exit is blocked. Smoke alarms and sprinkler systems can keep the fire from spreading, but your workers still need to know what they can do to avoid starting a fire and how to safely exit the building. By purchasing a new smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, you can help keep your office safe for under $100.

Natural Disasters

Whether it's a hurricane, a flood or a snowstorm, your employees need to know what to do during a natural disaster. In the case of a storm or hurricane, employees should move to a lower floor to avoid winds and stay away from the windows. Similar steps are helpful during floods, but employees also need to stay away from moving water. When possible, your employees should listen to the radio or watch the television for emergency updates. Be sure to keep batteries and flashlights in your workplace in case of power outages during these unexpected disasters.

Prepare for the Inevitable

An effective health and safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You've put a lot of time into building your business, and a single accident or disaster could wipe out years of hard work or even lead to bankruptcy. Be sure to teach proper emergency preparation to your employees, and show them how to react, stay calm and survive after a common workplace accident or even disaster strikes. By following these tips, you can ensure your business will be as prepared as possible.

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