With so much of our time spent in the workplace, it’s imperative that the proper safety measures be carried out to ensure our continued well-being and productivity.

In that respect, it’s the organisation’s responsibility to establish a set of procedures and the necessary safety markers so that each employee feels comfortable and safe within their assigned department. Are you wondering if your workplace has satisfied these conditions? If so, peruse these 6 signs to get a better idea whether your workplace actually cares about your safety.

It All Starts in the Parking Lot

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According to the Health and Safety Executive office nearly 5,000 accidents in the workplace involve a vehicle. With that being said, the parking lot is the first place where safety measures should be executed. There should be sufficient room for vehicles to enter and exit the facility without coming into contact with one another. Signage like this Traffic Cone Reflective Sign, is an inexpensive way to ensure the safety of incoming and outgoing traffic. It meets the class 1 reflectivity requirements, can fit securely on any highway traffic cone, and has been tested for distance visibility. Additionally, adequate signage should be displayed to alert drivers if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Sharp corners or blind spots
  • Steep slopes
  • Obstructions up ahead
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Reduced speeds ahead

Also, be mindful that all markings and signs are kept within view and clean of debris to prevent accidents.

Proper Lighting is Essential

Good lighting isn’t just a luxury it’s a safety requirement. The recommended level for lobby areas and washrooms is between 30 and 100 lumens per square metre (lux). Medium visual tasks, generally administrative tasks like filing or bookkeeping, should be 300-1,000 lux. For the most detail oriented work, like inspections or proofreading, the lux should 3,000-10,000. Contrast plays an important role in the speed and efficiency in completing a task. Low contrast makes it challenging to set apart an object from its surroundings and background which can pose greater dangers. Express Lighting is a worldwide lighting distributor that has an array of lighting solutions to suit any task from low level to high level.

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This isn’t by any means exclusive to your office either. The perimeter of your workplace should have lighting fixtures which turn on when it gets dark and also flood lights in the event of heavy rains or floods.

Floor and Wall Line Markings

Floor and wall markings include warning tapes (reflective and non-reflective), thermoplastic markings, and hazard tapes. These features can prevent further danger if an accident has already occurred or if a number of other conditions exist like wet surfaces, detours, etc.

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The colour coding for these types of markings are very specific. Black and yellow mean caution or hazard. Red and white are synonymous with fire equipment and green/white relate to information or directions. This traffic yellow and black barrier tape adheres to a range of surfaces and is available in 500 metre rolls.

Health and Safety Policies

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Be Prepared with a Plan

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We’ve all heard it echoed over and over—always have a plan in case of an emergency. No one can predict when or how an emergency will occur so the best thing to do is practice an effective plan of action. If your organisation doesn’t have established protocols in place for handling things like fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, consult the Health and Safety Executive’s resources. They have a number of useful links and templates for enacting safety protocols in your workplace. Some of the most important points to include:

  • Addressing individual employees about the potential safety threats or dangers they experience
  • Documenting an escape route and making sure each individual is sufficiently versed
  • Setting aside safety equipment in an accessible place
  • Select a group of individuals to take control and act as directors if an emergency ensues

Practice Drills Frequently

Practice makes perfect. There’s no such thing as over practicing an emergency plan. By staying on top of your organisation’s policies and the procedures, you’ll not only ensure the safety of yourself but your co-workers and others around you.