Small Businesses Lack Adequate Safety Plans: Staples
Small businesses appear to be more at risk for safety concerns, with less than half saying they are prepared for severe emergencies.The majority of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) said recent disasters, including Hurricane Sandy, haven’t led them to reassess their safety plans, even though natural disasters are the top safety concern among office employees, according to Staples' second annual workplace safety report, an online survey of more than 400 office workers and 400 decision makers at organizations of all sizes across the United States. According to survey results, small businesses appear to be more at risk for safety concerns than medium-sized businesses, with less than half of small businesses saying they are prepared for severe emergencies or that safety plans are communicated regularly. In addition, 38 percent said their small business does not have safety training or drills. On the brighter side, medium-sized businesses were more likely to have plans in place for emergencies such as evacuation (90 percent), shelter in place (46 percent) and building lockdown (56 percent), and those businesses also reported a wider array of safety equipment on site. Consistent with last year’s results, the survey discovered significant discrepancies between safety perception and actual preparedness. Only half of employees said their company communicates a safety plan (a basic tenet of safety preparation).
However, three out of four (75 percent) said they believe their businesses take safety seriously. In emergency situations, nearly 25 percent of employees report their companies only communicate what to expect at the last minute.