As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
This is certainly the case when it comes to workplace health and safety.
So, how do you go about minimising risk of accidents at work?
According to Safe Work Australia, you should start by identifying hazards around the office. These are objects in or aspects of your work environment that could potentially harm your staff.
Hazards can include any “equipment, materials and substances” your employees use on a regular basis, as well as environmental factors, such as excessive noise or temperatures.
You can find hazards by simply walking around your workplace and keeping an eye out for them.
It may also be a good idea to ask your employees – they can inform you of any hazardous situations they’ve found themselves in.
Once you have identified the hazards in your workplace, you will need to assess them.
Australian Business explains that you should consider to what extent and how likely it is that a particular hazard could cause injury to a worker. You should also consider who will be exposed to the hazard.
The next step in your risk management strategy should be to figure out exactly how you are going to control these hazards and prevent them from causing harm to anyone in your workplace.
Because all hazards are different, you may need to come up with a different plan for each one to mitigate the risk it poses.
Some hazards will be easier to manage than others, explains Safe Work Australia, so you should address these first.
In addition to identifying, assessing and removing hazards, you may want to consider taking out small business insurance.
Even if you’ve done everything you can to minimise the risk of accidents in your workplace, they can still happen – and it pays to be prepared for them if and when they do.