Productive and efficient employees are often considered the backbone of successful companies. And employers can help ensure their workers remain this way by making the workplace as safe and healthy as possible for them. Below are three ways companies can provide such kind of work environment.
Minimizing the risk of accidents
Whether it’s in an office or factory, workplace accidents—the most common of which are slips, trips, and falls—can happen anytime. The risks can be minimised, however, if the workplace is always kept clean, dry, well-lit, and clutter-free. Wet areas, for one, should be cleaned or contained immediately with absorbents or other spill control products. Additionally, safety hazards like uncovered cords and cables, loose mats, wrinkled carpeting, and uneven walking surfaces must be addressed at once.
Providing proper ventilation
Proper ventilation in the workplace means having an adequate fresh air supply, no stagnant air, and filtered allergens and pollutants, which all lead to good air quality. This is important as poor air quality may cause health problems, such as sick building syndrome and respiratory issues like asthma and sinusitis. To maintain good air quality, companies must properly maintain their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and routinely check the temperature, humidity, dust, etc., in the workplace.
Eliminating harmful pests
Lastly, pests in the workplace should be controlled, if not completely eliminated. These pests not only are a nuisance but can also bring serious diseases. Rodents, for example, can spread leptospirosis and rat-bite fever, while cockroaches can cause allergies and food poisoning. Aside from professional pest control services, keeping the workplace clean, which employees should be responsible for as well, can help prevent pest infestation. Other common workplace pests are flies, mosquitoes, and ants.
Employers should go to great lengths to make the workplace safe and healthy for their employees. After all, their workers are vital to the success of their companies.