There are many expenses to take care of in a workplace, lawsuits are one that can be avoided. Not only does avoiding lawsuits help save you money, but it can also mean a safer environment for the employees. To avoid making your workplace a magnet for lawsuits, clean up messes, closely follow safety standards, and document everything.
Clean Up Messes
Keeping your workplace clean is important in avoiding lawsuits. A dirty workplace can cause physical harm and can also make your employees sick. Dust can cause allergies and asthma and mold can cause your employees to get very sick. Spills or clutter can be a physical safety hazard that can cause your employees to slip, fall and get hurt. Regular cleaning should take place at the workplace. Any messes that occur should be cleaned up immediately. You should foster a culture of cleanliness and get your employees involved. Doing this will help your business be compliant in safety regulations and will help your employees feel safer.
Closely Follow Safety Standards
Closely following safety standards can help your business avoid lawsuits. Safety standards are set in place to ensure employees have a safe and healthy place to work. Unlike OSHA, ANSI standards are completely voluntary. ANSI doesn’t develop standards but approves committees that create standards. Following workplace safety standards will help your business be compliant to safety standards which will create a safe place for your employees to work. This will avoid health issues due to an unhealthy workplace as well as preventing accidents.
Problems in the workplace are your employees’ word versus your word. Thus, the importance of keeping documentation. When incidents occur, ensure that they are well documented. Documentation should be detailed and should be documented close to the time of the incident. Keep your documentation clear, concise and fact driven. Leave emotions and other commentary out. The ideal situation would be for the employee to sign the documentation, so they know the issues were brought up.
To avoid making your workplace a magnet for lawsuits will help your workplace run smoother, be safer, and will save you money. Cleaning up messes, following safety standards, and documenting everything are a few of the many ways this can be accomplished. Taking these steps will decrease lawsuits and make the workplace a better place for you and your employees.
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