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When you’re creating a safer working environment, like most employers, your focus might be on what goes on between those four walls. But, so long as it’s your property, you’re liable for any injuries or accidents that happen outside the workplace, as well. Here, we’re going to look at how you extend that safety-conscious thinking out to the work beyond the office and how to make sure you’re not putting your team at risk.
Branches, leaves, and other dangers
It might sound insignificant, but the risk of having unkempt trees on your business’s doorstep can be quite legitimate. First of all, branches fall in bad weather can cause serious injuries, including head injuries. Having the work premises covered in tree debris will increase the chances of slips, trips, and falls, too. Arborist services can help you keep things tidy and safe, reducing the chances of injury caused by trees outside the workplace.
All roads lead to work
There’s a good chance that you have some parking spaces in the workplace or that you will fit some if you don’t already. If you have a lot of traffic going in or out or passing by, you need to consider some road safety, too. Installing all types of road safety signage to your entrance can help make access safer and encourage employees to drive safely when leaving the premises. Furthermore, you can reduce their risk by installing speed bumps or extendable barriers at the entrance of the parking space. Of course, these barriers will also help you control who, exactly, has access to your property with their vehicle.
Be extra prepared for winter
If you thought leaves and other tree debris could be a slipping risk, then your first winter is going to be an unpleasant experience. You should be extra conscious of your team’s health and safety during the winter months. Make sure that any outdoor areas are gritted to prevent slipping and hire a snow shoveling service to help keep any parking or pedestrian areas outside the office safe and clear. Be aware of the risks your team faces on the road, too. Be willing to give them some leeway to avoid having to come into the office when the weather is truly terrible.
Employee safety is no joke
It’s not just accidents you should be aware of. Businesses are often a target for crime, and this can include your employees. A mugging or assault on the business’s front doorstep can erode the sense of safety your team has. Keep them safe by investing in more security features for the business. CCTV cameras work not just to capture and record any wrongdoing but also as a visual deterrent. Similarly, keeping any parking spaces or entrances well-lit means they’re less likely to be targeted by criminals.
When you’re carrying out a risk audit of the workplace, don’t make the mistake of neglecting the outdoors. Some of the most dangerous falls, car accidents, and other injuries can happen on the exterior of your property and it could end up costing your business and team morale dearly.