If you want to ensure you are running your business right, one of the major concerns you have to be aware of at all times is safety and security. In particular, you need to look after the safety and security of your staff, but you should also endeavour to try to keep the workplace and premises safe too. Throughout all of this, it is therefore wise to be aware of what the major threats to safety and security might be. We will look at some of those in this article, to give you some idea.
These days, the online world is one of the major stalwarts that you have to look into if you are trying to keep your business safe and secure. If you allow your data to be accessed by nefarious hackers, it could spell disaster not just for you and the future of your company, but for your employees and even your customers too. Think about it: you probably have quite a lot of data on those people in your servers, and that’s information that could be used in some terrible ways in the wrong hands.
So what can you do about it? On the face of it, it’s quite simple. You just need to protect against the major and most common cybersecurity issues: phishing, ransomware, spyware, and so on. A good firewall will make a huge difference, as will using a decent encryption service to keep the data from being readable to the wrong people. If you really want to make sure all of this is being managed in the best way possible, you should hire a managed services provider to do it for you.
Unfortunately, it is still quite common for business premises to be broken into. Generally, those breaking in will either want to steal valuable equipment, get hold of some of your intellectual property, cause damage, or a combination of all of these. Whatever their motives might be put aside for now, the fact is you have to protect against such scenarios as best as you can – and that means having strong security throughout your premises.
The best security against this kind of problem is a human security force, who should ideally be there guarding the place day and night. On top of that, you should seriously consider getting hold of some security equipment such as burglar alarms and systems which immediately cause a loud fuss if anything is detected.
If you have those in place, that should help protect against most break-ins. But you should also make a point of remembering some of those basic acts of common sense which help too. That means keeping things locked when not in use or nobody is there, not advertising your valuable items, and not being too vocal about when your quiet hours are.
It’s important that we look into the issue of workplace accidents too. After all, these are the cause of the vast majority of your workplace injuries, and if you are trying to look after your employees and visitors this is going to be essential to look into in some detail. In particular, you need to make sure that you are protecting your workers from the most common type of workplace incident: slips, trips and falls.
How do you protect against these? There are many things you can do. For one, you should be sure to have rules in place about where things are kept. If you are always leaving items on the ground in the wrong place, or if that is commonplace in your workplace, that is going to make tripping over things much more of a likely hazard in general. Likewise, you need to ensure that you are providing all of the necessary protective equipment if there is any. Whether that means getting temporary staircases because work is being done, or just ensuring that the floor is made of the right kind of material, it’s going to really help things.
Many workplace accidents are the result of people overworking or pushing themselves too hard. As such, it is in their interests – and yours – to ensure that you are not pushing them to work too hard. The last thing you want is to have any kind of blood on your hands. Allow plenty of rest and break time – in fact, actively encourage it – and make sure that your employees have everything they need to work happily, safely and comfortably at all times.
Of course, no matter what you do to keep everyone safe – and to keep the business itself safe and secure – your business is still just one part of the world. From time to time, there is going to be some larger event that is going to have a direct impact on how safe your business is and how safe your employees are, and these situations can often be a real test of your courage and resources.
We are talking here about such unwarranted events as the pandemic that we have all been experiencing this year. Before that happened, nobody was expecting it, and many businesses were sidelined, often at the expense of the health of colleagues. Likewise, there is always the chance that there will be a terrorist incident, natural disaster, political uprising, or whatever else may occur.
So what can you do about these things? Well, although you can’t very well prepare for specific incidents or stop them happening, you can do your utmost to keep people safe by having some kind of emergency procedure in place. In fact, it is generally a legal requirement to have carried out this kind of risk assessment, so you will need to make sure that you have done so regardless. If you do that, you will be able to keep everyone safe much more of the time, and that’s going to bode very well for the future of your business. Large event or small, being prepared is the best thing you can do.