I started my own business a few years ago, and I considered myself very lucky when it became profitable almost immediately. I was sure that was a sign that it was destined to keep growing, but to my surprise, my earnings became stagnant after being in business just a few months. I thought I was doing everything right, but I just wasn't making enough to stay in business much longer. I finally reached my wits end and called in outside help from a business consultant. I wish I had done it sooner, because it was the outside, unbiased view I needed to make my business more profitable. The consultant helped me make a few tweaks to my supply chain and marketing plan, and my profits increased dramatically. I like helping new business owners, so I decided to create a blog to share my tips!
In some industries, employees have to work in various types of confined spaces. For example, your employees might have to work in vaults, tanks, manholes, or other confined spaces. As you probably already know, this can be dangerous. You can focus on keeping your employees as safe as possible when they are working in confined spaces if you follow the tips below.
Perform Inspections When Possible
When possible, you should carefully check out the confined space that your employees will be working in. This should be done on a regular basis. Then, you and your employees can keep an eye out for possible dangers, and you can hopefully prevent accidents from happening in the first place. In addition to encouraging full inspections of confined spaces prior to entry, let your employees know that they should mention their concerns if they see that something doesn't appear to be in safe, good condition. This can save lives.
Make Sure Employees Have Undergone Proper Training
Next, make sure that your employees have the appropriate training for working in confined spaces in the safest way possible. There are classes out there that are held by trained professionals and that can help your employees prepare for working safely in confined spaces. In addition to ensuring that new hires go through this training — if they haven't been trained in this manner previously — you should also consider continuing education options for employees who work for your business in the long-term.
Ensure You Have the Appropriate Rescue Equipment
Hopefully, your employees will stay safe when working in confined spaces. After all, the last thing that you probably want is for your employees to have to be rescued. However, there is always a chance that something could go wrong, and it's important for you and your employees to be properly trained. Therefore, you should make sure that you keep the appropriate rescue equipment on hand when your employees are working in confined spaces. Then, employees who have been trained to use the rescue equipment properly can jump in and assist their coworkers in an emergency situation.
In some industries, it is inevitable that employees will have to work in confined spaces. If this is true for the people who work for your company, then it is critical to think about safety at all times. Luckily, following the tips above can help a lot with ensuring that your employees stay as safe as possible when working in these potentially dangerous work environments. Contact a company that provides confined space entry and rescue training for more information.