As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate, but if safety equipment isn’t high on your to-do list; it’s time to adjust some priorities. Ensuring that you’re operating with all of the necessary security equipment is about more than just preventing accidents. In fact, taking a proactive, and involved attitude toward safety equipment can save you money, improve morale, keep you legally safe, and much, much more. Our team at Absolute Solutions is ready to help you assemble your safety equipment squad. In the meantime, we wanted to share a little more about the necessity of security equipment in every workplace.
What Is Safety Equipment?
Depending on your industry, the safety equipment you will need for your business can be quite different. Your first thought may be to things like gloves, goggles, fire extinguishers, and helmets; but there’s much more to it than just that. If you work in an office, you might include things like gloves for chemical cleaning supplies, or ergonomic supports for desk furniture. In other industries, you might include respirators, flame retardant clothing, or steel-toed boots. Every industry, even those that seem benign, have safety risks and equipment that can help reduce them.
Safety Equipment Pays For Itself
If you’re starting from scratch, or even just doing an upgrade, safety equipment can be an investment. It’s important to remember that it’s a cost that will save you over time. When you have fewer accidents in your workplace, you save yourself capital in a variety of ways. To start, you reduce the chance of losing equipment or product due to the result of accidents and injuries; i.e., if a chef’s heatproof gloves are too worn, they might drop what they’re cooking. Next, it prevents you having employees need to take time off due to injury and from having to pay for sick leave and replacement help or overtime. If an injured employee chooses to file charges, the resulting legal costs and PR disaster could cost you dearly.
It’s The Law
In many cases, providing adequate safety equipment for your staff has a legal precedent. Many state, city, and even federal regulations have been put in place to establish what kinds of equipment, training, and precautions must be in place to keep workers safe. If you are found to be violating these, you may be subject to fines. Additionally, if you are the subject of a lawsuit, and it becomes clear that you have not been following the regulations, you may find that the punishments will be more stringent.
The Absolute Supply and Services Purpose
As a minority- and woman-owned small business, Absolute Supply and Services is dedicated to providing quality customer services and products. We offer high-quality equipment, replacement parts, and service solutions to support general contractors, subcontractors, building engineers, and other industry professionals. Our wide range of services includes electrical and lighting services, HVAC services, fire protection, IT solutions, janitorial services, plumbing services, and safety supplies.
Absolute Supply and Services serves states throughout the East Coast and currently have partners located in Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida. Contact us at 301.456.4927 or at one of our four Maryland offices, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and keep up with our blog!