Tenant’s Spotlight : Top Décor Limited
December 4, 2017

Christmas Safety Tips for Tenants

…From e TecK’s HSSE Desk

 

The Christmas season is upon us, and traditionally, this means decorating your business or workplace. In most cases, this is a fun event that encourages collaboration and team work among employees. However, we must be mindful of the inherent dangers involved in this activity, such as the use of defective lights, overloading circuits, falls from heights, over exertion due to poor manual handling, dust inhalation from Christmas tree fibres, glitter and other decorations, trip hazards from routing cords in walkways, cuts from sharp or pointy decorations, injury from low hanging decorations and toppling ornaments! And the list goes on!

Please be mindful that as a duty holder, according section 6 of the Trinidad and Tobago OSH Act 2004 as amended 2006:

“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees.”

This means that even during the festive season, you owe your employees, as well as those that may affected by your operations, a duty of care for their health and safety.

This may warrant a risk assessment being conducted for your office decorating, since, as seen above, the associated hazards are quite exhaustive and may be serious or worse yet, fatal. This may also mean the creation of a Christmas security plan for your establishment, since the incidence of crime in business places may increase during this period.

On behalf of the e TecK family, here are some additional Health, Safety and Security tips to keep you, your employees and your establishment safe during this yuletide season:

  • Be mindful of your surroundings. Security vigilance is crucial during this period, due to an increased vulnerability because of a higher cash flow, later work hours and more deliveries.
  • If you have employees working late hours, either provide transport or have them leave in groups.
  • As far as is reasonably practicable, try to receive container deliveries during the day, to reduce the change of a robbery. There have been instances in the past where entire containers were stolen overnight!
  • Readjust your cameras to ensure that they are focusing on your vulnerable areas. You should even consider partnering with your neighbouring business to split camera coverage, so that both companies benefit.
  • Avoid coming to work with excessive jewelry. Apart from jewelry being an obvious safety hazard due to the risk of entanglement, it is also a serious security risk because would-be perpetrators can follow employees to the workplace, which may put everyone at risk.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect all lights prior to erecting them. Remember to switch off/unplug all lights and other electronics at the end of the work day, as they can cause a fire.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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