One of the most important thing you can do as a small business owner is practice proper safety when it comes to your employees. These are the people who keep your business operating from day to day and are instrumental in helping it grow. They not only deserve your protection, by enacting certain safety standards in the workplace, but it is also required by law. These are the types of body protection your employees may need in the course of the work they do for you.
Head injuries are in some cases lethal. In other cases, they cause long-term injuries, and even may cause permanent brain damage. Head protection in the form of a hard hat helps to protect employees from injuries resulting from falling objects, fixed objects (like pipes or beams that are exposed), and accidental contact of head with electrical hazards.
Eye and Face Protection
Many industries use eye and face protection. The protection itself varies greatly from field to field according to specific risk factors, range of motion required to perform responsibilities, and level of risk exposure represents. You may need to choose from any of the following for eye protection in your line of work.
- Face Shields
- Welding Shields
- Safety Goggles
These protective items can help shield your eyes from liquids, bio hazardous materials, dust, particles, fire, and many other conditions when properly fitted and worn.
Foot and Leg Protection
Steel toed boots are an excellent example of foot and leg protection for positions that provide exposure to heavy items or tools at risk of falling on employees’ feet. Additionally, in fields like construction where there is always the possibility of sharp objects, spikes, splinters, etc. it’s wise to consider shoes with that protect the soles.
People who work in conditions that are frequently risky for slips and falls, like waitresses and bartenders, for example, should wear slip-resistant shoes.
Leg protection is available for welders and other professions at risk for exposure to molten metal and sparks.
Hand and Arm Protection
Protective gloves and sleeves are available for people working in many industries. Depending on the type of work you do and the conditions in which your employees work, different types of gloves may be necessary, such as fabric gloves for protection against chafing, slivers, etc. and coated fabric gloves that assist in gripping certain items that would otherwise be slippery.
Leather gloves provide more protection and metal or mesh gloves take protection even further. Those working with biohazards need yet another type of glove in order to provide protection from microbial matter.
Despite your best efforts to provide adequate protection to your employees and ensure they are properly outfitted to meet the perils of your worksites, accidents happen. That’s why workers’ compensation insurance coverage is so crucial for small business owners as yet another layer of protection in the workplace.