Employee safety and ensuring your employees make it home each night is a priority for all small business leaders. One way to improve employee safety is to conduct regular safety training meetings or offer safety training courses for your employees. The purpose in both cases to remind employees of potential hazards, teach employees how to protect themselves, and keep your company in compliance with state and federal safety regulations. Here are some of the most common employee safety training topics:

Equipment Safety

In some industries the use of complicated equipment or heavy machinery is necessary. Employees must be properly trained on how to operate the required equipment safely. This includes knowing how to use personal protective equipment (PPE). There are some types of equipment that require specialized training. For example, if you use forklifts in your company, you must train your employees in forklift operation according to OSHA standards. Helpside offers several options for forklift training that are all in compliance with state and federal standards. If you want to know more about forklift certification, reach out to Helpside at marketing@helpside.com.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls account for about 20% of all work-related injuries and occur in all industries. The majority of these are due to human factors, such as visual perception, carrying objects, rushing, or distractions (cell phones).  Reminding employees about slip, trip and fall risks greatly reduces the chances that these types of injuries will happen.

Fire Safety

Fires, while unlikely, aren’t something you want to be caught unprepared for. When you are onboarding new employees, it’s wise to teach them about company fire escape plans and how to use a fire extinguisher in case of emergency. You can also train your employees on fire prevention and fire hazards. This may involve not leaving equipment that overheats unattended and making sure pathways are cleared to prevent fire hazards.

Online Safety

The internet has become a necessary part of day-to-day life and business operation. Staying safe on the internet is vital to ensure your company data stays safe. Train your employees on how to avoid online scams and how to keep customer and company data safe. Online safety training includes training on password security, two-step verification, and spotting scams.

Assault Prevention

There is a possibility that violence finds its way into your company and endangers your employees. This can come in the form of harassment, bullying, abuse, and even active shooter situations. Training employees on what to do in these situations will help employees be prepared in case something like this occurs.

These are just a few of the safety training topics that may be helpful to your company. If you have questions about improving employee safety at your company, reach out to Helpside.