workplace safety tipsYou should think about safety wherever you are, including at work. Crime and emergencies can occur anywhere at any time, so it is important to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while you are at work.

• Keep your purse, wallet, keys, and other valuables either with you or locked in a drawer or closet at all times.

• Check the identity of any stranger who visits your workplace. If a person makes you uncomfortable, notify security or management right away.

• Don’t work late if you will be alone. If you work late, have someone walk you to your car or public transportation, or ask security to escort you.

• If you notice any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit hallways, broken windows, or doors that don’t lock properly, report them.

• If you experience sexual harassment or notice any signs of potential violence in a fellow employee, report it to an appropriate person.

• Find out what your company’s emergency plan is. If your company does not have an emergency plan, volunteer to help create one.

• Check to find out if your company supplies an emergency kit. If it does not, keep your own emergency supplies, including a flashlight, walking shoes, a bottle of water, and nonperishable food, in a desk drawer.

• If you work at home, you can make your workplace more secure by hanging window treatments that block the view into your office so others will not know that you have expensive office equipment.

• If you run a home office, check your insurance policy. You will probably need a separate rider to cover your business-related property.

• Put identification numbers on your office equipment. Create an inventory with photos. Keep it updated and store a copy in a safe at home or in a safe-deposit box at a bank. Keep backups of your work in a safe and separate location.

• Ask for identification from anyone making a delivery to your home or business. Do not let anyone enter your home.

• If you own a company, think about the physical layout, employees, hiring practices, operating procedures, and security risks. Think about how vulnerable your business is to all kinds of crime. Take steps to prevent crime and work with local police to protect your business.

Worker’s compensation insurance can protect your employees if they get injured on the job. Employers are required to carry this coverage to protect their employees if they are unable to work because of an accident that occurs in the workplace.