Look around your office and try to guess the most common emergency your small business might face. If you’re thinking ‘trips or falls,’ think again. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says, fire is a much more likely threat.
To prepare, OSHA recommends an on-site risk assessment to pinpoint the hazards. You’ll also need to put an emergency plan into place, train your managers and employees on what to do in the event of a fire, and make sure you have enough portable fire extinguishers.
Clients with a workers’ compensation policy through Focus HR are welcome to a free work site assessment. Certain industries may also require a safety manual.
“A poor safety record can be financially devastating to any business,” said Brian Canady, Focus HR’s Operations Manager. “Not to mention, employees are happier and more productive when they feel that their safety is a priority.”
Clearly, we think you can never be too safe, and you have nothing to lose when it comes to prevention.
For more information on fire prevention resources and OSHA click here.
To speak with Focus HR about your fire emergency plan click here.