Business Continuity NewsBriefs - July 24, 2019
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Safety and Security in the Workplace

July 24, 2019 - It's not just your premises and your data, but your most important asset - your employees - that you have to ensure remain safe and secure. This week's articles discuss the benefits of a safe workplace as well as ways to determine the health of your workplace through an assessment. If you don't do everything you can to ensure safety and security, you could risk lawsuits or even the reputation of your business.

"When safety is first, you last." 
-- author unknown --

1. A Comprehensive Overview of Safety and Security in the Workplace

Security is one of the most vital aspects that a person looks in a workplace before joining the company. It is the duty of the firm to provide a secure working environment to its employees. Therefore, proper security systems like CCTV and other security equipment should be in place so as to monitor the incomings and outgoings.

2. Importance of Employee Safety

Employee safety should hold tremendous importance for every company. First and foremost, every employee has the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. No employees -- or their families -- should have to suffer because of avoidable dangers in the workplace. By creating a safe and healthy workplace, companies also protect themselves.

3. Guidelines for Assessing Threats and Managing Risks in the Workplace

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), In practical terms, a risk assessment is a thorough review at your workplace to identify those things, situations, processes, etc that may cause harm, particularly to people. After identification of risk enhancing factors is made, you evaluate how likely and severe the potential risk is, and then decides what strategies should be in place to effectively prevent or control the harm from happening.

4. Training Employees to Recognize and Respond to Hazards

Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plans establish frameworks for responding to workplace emergencies. But without training, employees cannot be expected to know what is written in those plans, which hazards they could face, or how to respond to emergency situations.

5. Five Questions to Ask About Your Emergency Action Plan

Emergencies are situations that occur rapidly and unexpectedly, making them extremely dangerous events that need to be handled with equal speed and care. Emergencies can cause confusion and panic, throwing the workplace into disarray and putting workers in danger. That is why an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is critical to workplace safety and workers' health.

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