Just How Important Is Safety Compliance for Businesses?
Securing your business is crucial for longevity and future success. Maintaining a safe work environment goes further than just prioritizing the physical well-being of your employees, however. It also helps ensure your business complies with local codes and federal regulations—in turn saving you serious costs and time in the long run.
Let’s dive into a few considerations for safety compliance—keeping in mind that this list is nowhere near comprehensive.
Meeting OSHA regulations
Facilitating a safe workplace is required by law. Relevant regulations are issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with standards “that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards.”
OSHA’s General Duty Clause, in particular, requires employers to keep their workplace free from any recognized hazards—and if OSHA violations occur, your business may be subject to hefty fines. The general duty clause might sound like a lot to account for, but here’s the good news: comprehensive security systems can lay the foundation for compliance.
The following components of your security system may help maintain safety compliance:
- Responsive fire alarms with built-in sprinklers and signaling, capable of alerting employees across the premises
- Video surveillance to deter theft and intrusion
- Access control to ensure only authorized personnel have access to sensitive materials or information
Specifications for fire safety
Beyond general guidelines issued by OSHA, your business is also required to meet fire protection compliance measures. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issues more than 300 codes and standards to “minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.” Updated every three years, they cover a comprehensive set of fire and life safety standards, including the requirements for installing a fire alarm system.
As you develop security protocols for your business, fire safety is among the most complex. A typical business—from retail stores to offices and more—can have dozens of individual devices. Don’t let your initial investment in fire security be overtaken by subsequent code violations. Partner with an expert provider who is knowledgeable about the latest NFPA updates.
Compliance can help you save on insurance
In addition to following federal, state, and local regulations on business safety, optimizing your security system may help you meet insurance requirements and save on premiums.
At a minimum, insurance policies will stipulate you meet rules set forth by OSHA, NFPA, and more. But you shouldn’t stop there. The more risks your security system mitigates, the less expensive your insurance premium is likely to be.
For example, some insurance providers may deny coverage if your fire alarm system isn’t linked to a monitoring service. Depending on your business type, others may require your business to maintain active digital surveillance, complete with an archive of security footage. Security cameras deter theft, while access to historic recordings safeguards your business against fraudulent claims.
So how can you ensure high-level protection and savings go together? Work with a security vendor who can provide high-quality digital surveillance systems, alarm systems, and more customized for your unique needs.
Prioritize compliance from day one
Failing to account for compliance can stop a business in its tracks. That means you can’t afford to take any chances or play catch-up when it comes to meeting safety regulations.
The experts at Bay Alarm are here to help you install and maintain high-performing security systems. Our local teams bring knowledge about the communities we serve, giving you peace of mind when it comes to compliance. To learn more about comprehensive security solutions, contact us today.
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