Keeping Your Workplace Safe is Smart Business

Winston-Salem, NC 3/27/2013

Business owners have the absolute responsibility for the day-to-day health, safety and welfare of employees and work-site visitors. To make your work place safer, know the three common areas of risk: people, environment and company.

People First
Keeping your employees safe and healthy is good for your business. To do that:
  • Offer prevention and wellness activities
  • Have options in place so injured employees can receive immediate treatment
  • Consistently search for and eliminate workplace hazards
  • Offer early intervention and rehabilitation programs for drug and alcohol abuse and mental health problems
  • Make free flu shots available
A Safe Environment
Heavy equipment, electrical hazards, even keyboards can pose health threats to your employees. For a safer workplace environment:
  • Conduct routine maintenance and housekeeping measures
  • Frequently check for proper ergonomic conditions
  • Check all equipment for unsafe wear and tear
  • Educate workers on identifying hazards and risks
  • Make sure employees wear necessary protective equipment
  • Create and rehearse a worksite disaster plan
  • Control and eliminate toxic chemical use where you can
  • Make your workplace smoke-free
From the Top
Safety starts with a company’s leadership. To establish and communicate your vision, mission, policies and trust:
  • Keep confidential medical information protected
  • Offer educational programs to improve health and safety
  • Thoroughly analyze accidents for prevention
  • Have a zero-tolerance policy for workplace violence
  • Offer access to cost effective health care benefit programs
  • Begin an employee assistance program
If you have any employees, most states require you to have an active workers compensation policy to insure coverage for those employees against a workplace injury. In most cases, the owners of a sole-proprietorship or a partner in a partnership are not considered employees and have the option whether to cover themselves or not.
For more information about workplace safety and disaster preparedness, visit these sites:
For more information about insurance for business owners please contact us.

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What Our Customers Say!
Several months ago we had a flood in our home due to a defective valve in our guest bathroom. Needless to say we came home to a disaster. We immediately contacted our agent, Linda Welborn. Right on the spot she gave us the name and phone number of a company to call (Disaster One). They came out that evening (around 11:30pm) and worked through the following morning around 6:30am. They did an outstanding job! We were so impressed with their "sense of urgency" and "expertise" we assigned all of our repairs to their company. The insurance adjuster(Erie Insurance) cut no corners when it came to replacing damaged items. They issued repair orders on things we weren't even aware we needed to look for. They too did a great job in getting everything processed quickly. It's great to have such a Professional agent who treats us like we are her only customer. I have been so impressed with her outstanding customer service that I refer many people to your agency because of the great care and attention she gives to her customers. Thank you Linda for your outstanding service! We look forward to working with you in the years to come.
Linda Martinez, Merfin Systems, LLC

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