Every so often, something happens to a small business you know, such as theft or vandalism. If you’re a small business owner, you may find yourself thinking about costly events that could damage your own business. No business owner wants to think about worst-case scenarios, which is probably why many view loss control as a necessary evil. No matter how you look at it, building out a loss control program is an important investment for your business.
Why your business needs a loss control program
You can use a proper loss control program to stand out from the crowd by ensuring the safety of your customers and employees. Here are some key reasons why loss control programs are effective:
- They provide guidance for employees. Employees who are aware of hazards and are properly trained on how to deal with them tend to be more efficient workers.
- They provide opportunities to identify hazards through regular inspections, quality control programs, and procedures to correct deficiencies, which can help to avoid and reduce losses.
- They provide emergency procedures. Employees who are properly trained on emergency response are prepared to act quickly and correctly during an emergency. This can help mitigate losses and increase profits.
How to build a loss control program for your business
Here are just some of the ways you can build out an effective loss control program for your business:
- Teach staff how to use new equipment to improve efficiency and safety.
- Install monitored burglar alarms and sprinkler systems to protect your assets.
- Develop employee safety manuals, policies, and guidelines to build a culture of safety.
- Make safety training mandatory to actively promote a culture of safety.
Ways employees can assist in loss control
Loss control should be a team effort. If you really want your loss control program to be a success, your employees need to play an active role. Employees should actively assist in reducing, controlling, or eliminating workplace hazards, accidents, and injuries. Here are some ways in which your employees can actively assist in loss control:
- Think “safety” before starting any work.
- Follow all loss control procedures, regulations, and rules.
- Follow inspection guidelines for all equipment, machines, and tools.
- Utilize proper personal protective equipment where required.
- Operate all equipment with safety guards in place.
- Operate only the equipment and machines you’re trained and authorized to operate.
- Immediately report all unsafe acts, conditions, and accidents to management.
- Participate actively in loss control training.
- Suggest methods to control workplace hazards.
Improve the overall success of your business with a loss control program
Involving all of your employees in the creation, maintenance, and enforcement of a loss control program will go a long way toward enhancing your profits and the overall success of your business. Having an effective loss control program in place can turn a good business into a great one.
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