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10 Holiday Safety Tips for Businesses

By Foster Park Brokers Inc. - Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016

10 Holiday Safety Tips for Businesses

The holiday season is here, which means more and more businesses will be decorating their offices and hosting holiday parties. Before your business gets into the festive mood, it’s important for you to take extra precautions during the busy holiday season and offer employees an end-of-the-year refresher course on safety.

To accomplish this, keep in mind the following holiday safety tips:

  1. Ensure that any seasonal hires are familiar with safety procedures, their surroundings and responsibilities.
  2. Offer refresher courses on ladder safety and proper lifting techniques to ensure that, when it comes time to decorate, employees remain safe and healthy.
  3. Avoid using real candles in your decorations, opting for safer, battery-powered candles instead. In addition, try to use less flammable decorations, including items made of paper or cardboard.
  4. Keep all decorations away from heat or other ignition sources.
  5. Practise safe use of extension cords, taking care not to overload power strips or overextend plugs. Not only can extension cords create a tripping hazard, they can also cause fires if used improperly.
  6. Manage your inventory, ensuring that you are not overloading shelves. In some cases, heavy items can fall off of overstocked shelves and potentially harm employees or customers.
  7. Practise good housekeeping, ensuring that heavily-trafficked areas are free of tripping hazards.
  8. Ensure that your business is equipped with working fire and carbon monoxide detectors.
  9. Take care of live trees, keeping them far away from sources of heat. In addition, double-check that the tree isn’t leaning and is supported by a sturdy base.
  10. Follow manufacturer instructions for all holiday decorations and lights.

Keeping in mind these above tips will help your employees stay safe and healthy this holiday season. Contact Foster Park Brokers Inc for more safety tips.

Items Every Business Should Include in a Substance Abuse Policy

With Canada on the cusp of legalizing marijuana in 2017, there’s no better time to revisit or establish a substance abuse policy in your workplace. Substance abuse policies not only ensure that your employees are following the law, but they can also keep employees safe on the job, as certain substances—illegal or otherwise—can affect job performance, lead to absenteeism or create unwanted workplace tension.

When creating a companywide substance abuse policy, you will want to consider including the following:

  • A statement that details the purpose and objectives of the policy
  • A definition of “substance” and “substance abuse”
  • Details around who the policy applies to
  • Information around employee confidentiality in the event of a substance abuse issue
  • A detailed look into education and other resources available to employees if they need to seek help. It’s also a good idea to outline your commitment to a drug-free space and teach employees how to spot substance abuse in the workplace.
  • Details around how to deal with impaired co-workers
  • Details around your drug testing policies
  • Details around disciplinary actions

It’s important to remember that employees who are addicted use substances without thinking of the consequences, such as problems with health, money, relationships and performance at work. However, creating a substance abuse policy can help workers identify those in need and provide much needed assistance to those battling the issue.