Nearly half of businesses have closed temporarily due to weather in
the past six months, but majority have not reassessed safety plans as a
result of natural disasters
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 4, 2014--
Only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a
severe emergency, according to the third annual workplace safety survey
Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS). Nearly two-thirds of those polled said recent
natural disasters have not led to their employers reassessing company
safety plans. The survey, in honor of National Safety Month, also
reveals that in the past six months nearly half of businesses have
closed due to severe weather, costing the economy nearly $50 billion in
Staples' third annual workplace safety survey found that only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency and in the past six months nearly half of businesses have closed due to severe weather. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Safety is a top priority for employers, but there is still more
planning and training that can be done to improve safety in the
workplace,” said Bob Risk, national safety, health & wellness manager,
Staples. “Staples offers the tools businesses of all sizes need to make
more safety happen in the workplace, including first
aid kits, fire
signage and more.”
According to the survey, the top three safety concerns for employees are:
Slips, Trips and Falls: One in five report slipping, tripping
or falling at work as their biggest concern. Accidents involving
slips, trips and falls send 9 million people to the hospital each year
and are a leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, costing an
average of approximately $20,000 per accident2.
disasters and storms: Less than half of employees say their
employers have the plans or equipment in place for snow and ice
storms, or catastrophic events such as tornadoes, hurricanes or
earthquakes. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety,
an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a natural
Fire: Fire is one of the most common safety incidents, but most
employees feel their companies are well prepared. Three-fourths say
their employers have a plan and equipment in place for a fire
Small business employees feel more at risk to emergencies and
disasters than employees at larger companies.
The survey finds workers at businesses with fewer than 50 people are
less aware or less sure who is in charge of emergency planning than
employees at larger companies. Employees from smaller companies report
having less emergency equipment or plans in place, are less likely to do
safety reviews or drills, and are less prepared for severe emergencies
than their counterparts at bigger organizations.
No matter the business size, Staples has the safety
products companies need to keep their employees safe, whether
through Staples stores or Staples.com for small businesses, and through
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division which services
larger organizations. Staples also offers these tips for a safer
Businesses should assess and make sure they comply with
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
While exact safety products may differ between businesses, a good
starting point of must-have safety products includes first-aid kits,
fire extinguishers, crank-powered
cell phone chargers and flashlights, personal
protective equipment (such as protective clothing and respiratory
protection), and the following emergency items: water/food, blankets,
and exit signs.
good safety plan includes procedures to respond to various
emergency situations, methods to recover and maintain business
continuity, securing adequate resources and supplies for crisis events
and employee training.
To help limit slips, trips and falls in the workplaces,
businesses should be vigilant about cleaning up spills immediately and
posting signs identifying hazards, such as wet surfaces or areas that
are being cleaned. Electrical cords are often an overlooked hazard –
make sure these are not laid out in heavily foot traffic areas.
About the Survey
Staples conducted an online survey of more than 400 office workers and
400 decision makers at organizations of all sizes across the U.S. The
survey, conducted in May 2014, asked a series of questions about general
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers
more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards
Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston,
Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,
Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is
available at www.staples.com.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater
cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage
provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and
federal government, healthcare organizations and educational
institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive
products and services like office supplies, technology, printing,
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a
customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.
More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
1 Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2014/feb/14/business/la-fi-mo-winter-weather-economy-20140214
2 Source: http://ehstoday.com/safety/high-cost-slips-trips-and-falls-infographic?eid=forward
3 Source: http://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-planning
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Source: Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832