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Business Safety Tips

The ability of your business to quickly recover from an unexpected event is a priority we also share. But we also want to help you protect your business now, before something does happen.  That way you can focus on doing what you do best – running your business – without interruption.

Here’s a simple checklist of workplace safety tips for your business.

  • Place portable fire extinguishers throughout the premises, and have them serviced and tagged annually.
  • Store combustibles far away from ignition sources such as stoves, electrical panels and light fixtures.
  • Have fire protection equipment such as sprinkler systems, fire alarms, and fixed extinguishers serviced and tagged on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that electrical repairs and upgrades are conducted by a licensed electrician.
  • Arrange for illuminated exit signs, emergency lighting and back-up power generating equipment to be inspected and tested on a regular basis.
  • Keep exits clear and accessible at all times, and make sure self-closing fire doors are always fully closed (not wedged open).
  • Keep all indoor and outdoor walking surfaces smooth and even, and in good repair.
  • Conduct effective winter maintenance (snow shovelling, salting etc.) on your property as soon as possible, and keep a record of when duties are performed.
  • Install exterior lighting on your property as a way to deter break-and- enters.
  • Remove bushes, shrubs or other objects close to the perimeter of the building – they could be used to conceal potential intruders.
  • Always store cash and valuables in a safe labelled with its burglary resistance rating.
  • Store duplicate computer information off-site; data kept on-site should be stored in a fire-resistive safe designed for the storage of electronic media.
  • Establish guidelines for employees who handle cash.
  • Stagger deposit times and visits to the bank.
  • Exercise key control and limit access to safe/vault combinations.
  • Develop procedures to be followed by employees during a robbery.
  • Conduct routine audits.
  • Do not place high-end or target merchandise in or near display windows.
  • Perform criminal checks on current and potential employees.
  • Maintain accurate and accessible inventory and equipment records.

We’re standing by, ready to provide information and advice!

For more business safety tips or advice, call or e-mail us. We’ll get back to you within 2 hours during regular business hours. 

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