If you've lived in northeast Mississippi very long, you know that major tornados while a rare occurrence are not unheard of and do pose a threat. This threat has inspired many sensible local residents to become avid weather watchers and some not so sensible to become amateur storm chasers. Still, most of us know it’s important to have a plan and a safe place to go when the weather gets bad.
With any risk, a tornado, workplace violence, or a robbery, it’s not a good idea to stick your head in the sand and hope that nothing goes wrong, especially when it comes to your business. If something happens and you're ill-prepared, it can deeply affect your company in negative ways for years and could even destroy your business. You have to be active when it comes to mitigating risks to your company, and the best way to do that is to assess the risks your company is vulnerable to. Let us walk you through how to do just that in five easy steps.
Step 1: Identify hazards.
Let’s do a little word work here. Hazards are things that might cause harm. Risks are things that are likely to cause harm. It’s important to identify the hazards your company faces before they turn into risks. You can do this easily by walking around the workplace, asking your employees what hazards they see, knowing what hazards are common in your neighborhood or industry, and considering past problems you’ve had.
Step 2. Decide who might be harmed and how.
Once you’ve identified the hazards, it’s time to understand how they might turn into risks and who they could harm. Is a door that doesn't lock posing a threat to your staff and your clients? Is there an area where you constantly need a set of eyes?
Step 3. Evaluate risks and decide how to mitigate them
Once you’ve determined what the hazards are, who they could harm and how it’s time to find a solution to the problem. If possible, the best thing you can do is to remove the hazard completely. If that’s not possible, then you need to find some way to control the risk to prevent harm from coming to your employees, customers and business. Some solutions might be controlled access to specific areas or video cameras.
Step 4. Record your findings.
It’s important to put your findings to paper because it's your legal duty to relay your findings to everyone who may be affected by them. In addition, a written document can come in handy in case of false legal accusations. Your assessment will show that you’ve done everything possible to keep your employees and customers safe. In your assessment, explain what hazards you found, who they could harm, how it could harm them, as well as any measures you plan to take to prevent harm from happening.
Step 5. Review your assessment and update as necessary.
No workplace will stay the same. If you renovate your building or hire new staff, you’ll need to look over your assessment again and see if the measures you took are still effective. If it’s not, you’ll need to revise your risk assessment and adopt new measures of security.
Do you need help implementing security measures? Let us work with you to come up with the most cost-effective custom solution for your business needs. Call us for a free consultation today 662-534-4987.