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Hazard Prevention and Deterrence

Not all hazards are unavoidable. Accidents in the workplace are a great example of hazards that can be prevented. One way to lower the frequency of accidents is an all-inclusive accident prevention program. Most, if not all, fires can be avoided. Dangerous chemical spills can certainly be avoided. Disruptions in business from machinery failure can be circumvented by following the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule.

OSHA’s no cost on-site visit consultation is one of many resources for small business. Improving workplace safety is an important resource that OSHA provides. In addition, several insurance companies offer no cost workplace safety inspections, property loss prevention and other help for their clients. Your agent, broker or underwriter will have more information on what services are available. Your local fire department’s fire prevention division will be able to help with fire prevention.

One way to prevent criminal activity is Deterrence. Buildings with clear lines of sight and good lighting around their perimeter are rarely the targets of criminals. Maintaining secure entrances and screening all visitors, contractors, employees, and parcels is another factor in any good security program. A well designed intruder detection system, properly installed will provide a measure of deterrence and notify of unauthorized entry. Employees are where security begins. Consider providing basic security training for all employees. This teaches them how to contribute to a secure workplace.

Cyber security must be included in a security program. Maintaining strong firewalls and up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software is necessary to maintain system security. Another necessity is updating computers to the newest operating system and installing application “patches” as they become available.

Flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters cannot be prevented. Nonetheless, there are still steps that can be taken to reduce damage from natural disasters.

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