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Tips To Improve Your Safety At Work

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Tips To Improve Your Safety At Work

Being safe in your work environment is critical to the efficient operation of the business whether you work from home or for a large corporation. Criminals are taking more risks and they are able to blend in much easier in a business environment as the assumption is that someone has called them in to do work. Here are a few tips to ensure that you are safe in your working environment.

• Keep your purse, wallet, keys, or other valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer
• Check the identity of any strangers/contractors who are in your office. If anyone makes you uncomfortable, inform security or management immediately.
• Don’t stay late if you’ll be alone in the office. Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation after hours, or ask a security guard to escort you.
• Report any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, broken windows, and doors that don’t lock properly.
• If you notice signs of potential violence in a fellow employee, report this to the appropriate person. Immediately report any incidents of sexual harassment.
• Know your company’s emergency plan. It is important to know what steps to follow in case of an emergency. If your company does not have such a plan, volunteer to help develop one.
• Have your own flashlight in your bag or on your person in case of an emergency. It is always good to carry a basic first aid kit with you where posiible.
• If you work at home, in addition to making your home safe and secure, you should use suitable means that obstruct the view into your office. There are a number of window treatments available on the market to do this, alternatively install window blinds. You don’t want to advertise your expensive office equipment.
• Mark your equipment with identification numbers, and keep an updated inventory list (with photos, if possible) in a home safe or a bank safe-deposit box. It’s a good idea to keep backups of your work in a secure, separate location as well.
• Follow the same caution with deliveries and pickups that businesses do. Anyone making a delivery to your home office should be properly identified before you open the door. Do not let the person enter your home
• If you own the company, take a hard look at your business—physical layout, employees, hiring practices, operating procedures, and special security risks. Assess the company’s vulnerability to all kinds of crime.

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