Risk Management: Electrical Safety Tips for Startups

It’s common when beginning a new brick-and-mortar business to focus on business-related things like marketing, advertising, and organization, but you shouldn’t forget to also make sure your company building is safe and comfortable to work in. Specifically, electricity should be a primary concern as your new company grows. In most cases, you can’t do business without it. Implementing good practices is vital to avoiding fire, injury, and damage to expensive equipment. To help keep your employees and customers safe, here are some suggestions to keep in mind at every phase of growth.

Employee Safety

Your company safety training should include exercising caution where wiring is concerned. Take the time to instruct staff in common sense preventative measures. These include not overloading outlets and circuits and reporting loose or frayed wires, sparking, buzzing, or burning smells from electrical devices. If any of these problems occur, equipment should be shut off immediately. Be sure everyone knows where to locate breaker boxes and extinguishers rated for electrical fires. Avoid over-use of extension cords, and emphasize the fact that liquids and electricity are a dangerous combination. If you use a lot of industrial equipment, make sure a company like Mars International checks your assemblies.

Power Maintenance

New electrical wiring and repairs of new appliances, fixtures, and machinery should always be done by licensed electricians. If you can’t afford to have one on the payroll, reach out to a licensed electrical contractor. One of the first things you should do is have them inspect the wiring and cabling that’s already in place. A professional should also be called in whenever you need to expand your electronic manufacturing capabilities, even before any equipment purchases are made.

Financing Growth

Part of the money for funding expansions can come from cost-efficiency with your utility use. It’s important to monitor power consumption before you can start reducing waste. Everyone on staff should know to shut off appliances when not in use, including computers. When it’s time to replace equipment, shop for energy-efficient alternatives such as solar panels and Energy Star appliances. LED lights and especially smart lighting and climate-control systems can save considerably on power bills over time.

Managing Risk

Failure to correctly maintain electrical systems could become costly. Poor wiring or carelessness can result in damaged equipment, fire hazards, and injuries to employees, visitors, and customers. Accidents could mean costly lawsuits, rising worker’s comp insurance, regulatory fines, a bad reputation, and a lot of sleepless nights. You owe it to your associates and your own future to take any steps necessary to mitigate these risks.

Electrical problems can be a constant and lethal threat without proper planning, training, and vigilance. Maintaining a safe environment both indoors and out is a priority your growing company can’t avoid, in both a practical and legal sense. You owe it to yourself and your employees to ensure their safety.

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