It’s no secret to the business community that the rates of workplace diseases and accidents are becoming alarmingly high. In fact, the latest statistics in Great Britain alone states that there are 1.2 million workers suffering from work-related illnesses and since 2014 up to the time of gathering the stats, there are already 142 workers killed while at work—and these numbers are not only causing huge losses to businesses but are also affecting the quality of  their services.

As an entrepreneur, you know that the statistics don’t lie and that you should do something to make your workplace as healthy and safe as possible because 1) you can’t afford to lose key employees to sickness or accidents, 2) you have to prevent unexpected financial losses that could hurt your bottomline big time and 3) you need to protect the very people who are working hard for your business, your employees. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Align your health and safety goals.

It’s easy to assume that once you have a set of health and safety rules in the workplace, your employees will follow suit right away. That’s not the case, however, especially if employees don’t have a good understanding of what these rules are and that they’re applicable to their duties. This is why it’s very important to align your health and safety goals with your operations first so you know exactly where you’re going and so that it’s easier to convince the staff to follow your guidelines.

  1. Assess your workplace risks.

You might not realise it but there are a lot of risks around your workplace and they have to be identified and addressed to protect your employees from diseases and accidents. So, if you haven’t done any assessment yet, you can invite a team of experts to inspect your workplace. Sure, you’re probably thinking that you can do the assessment on your own but it’s always wiser to hire experts since they know exactly what to look for and can advise the best preventative measures to take.

  1. Maintain good communication within your organisation.

You might be surprised to find this tip but it really is very important to communicate everything that’s going on around your workplace. If you changed equipment, for instance, your employees need to know about it so they know how to handle the equipment properly and avoid accidents due to mishandling. If you have new processes as well, make sure to spread the word to your team in a timely manner so they’re aware of the changes and can avoid potential accidents.

Of course, you shouldn’t only make your workplace healthy and safe but you should also take the same mindset wherever you are going. If you’re organising an event, for instance, you have to book the services of an outdoor medical service provider like Outdoor Medical Solutions to ensure that you have a medical team on standby should there be any accidents during your event. OMS has nurses, paramedics, first aiders, EMTs and even military specialists to cater to your needs.

Workplace health and safety shouldn’t be taken lightly. Investing in preventative measures that will help you protect your team against accidents and illnesses will surely be one of the wisest business decisions you’ll ever make.