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Why are Safety Inspections Important For Nonprofits

By Cheyenne Gladfelter
February 19, 2014

Why are nonprofit safety inspections important? Safety should be the primary concern of any organization. The safety officer should take every precaution to ensure a safe workplace for employees and volunteers. Non profit’s are as vulnerable to being sued by a member of staff or public, as a business concern, and should take similar precautions.
Regular safety checks
The safety officer makes regular inspections and holds regular safety meetings with staff and volunteers. If all precautions are taken, it will limit the possibility of any claims against the nonprofit for negligence. It is also very important also to ensure all liability insurances are in place.
Cooperation of staff
Safety in the work place is a matter of common sense. Nonprofit safety inspections should have the cooperation of every staff member to make this entity a safe place in which to work. All unsafe conditions should be immediately reported to a member of the safety committee.
Accident reporting
Any injuries no matter how small should be reported immediately to the supervisor and receive first-aid attention. Ideally such incidences should be recorded in an injuries book for the purpose. It is up to the Nonprofit safety inspections to ensure a book is available in the first aid center.
Safety rules and guidelines
It is the nonprofit safety inspections duties to ensure the safety of workers and volunteers. All rules and guidelines should be followed and made available to the general populaces.
Keep areas clean.
Nonprofit safety inspections duties should include keeping work areas clean and tidy.
Safety check-list
Nonprofit safety inspectors duties are to ensure safety devices are operating properly, warning signs are in place, repair roof leaks, unblocked fire doors, inspect fire extinguishers, inspect hose sprinkler heads, unlock doors and gates, removal of dangerously piled supplies or equipment, inspect for slippery floors and walkways, inspect for missing (or inoperative) entrance and exit signs and lighting, and inspect for loose handrails or guard rails and open, loose or broken windows
All volunteer and paid members of staff must use safety belts when they operate a vehicle on organization business. The driver is responsible for ensuring that all passengers in front and back have their seat belts on.
Regular safety inspections will limited to organization’s vulnerability to legal claims and ensure all who work for them are in a safe and happy environment.

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