Survey Highlights Discrepancies in Business Safety Preparedness
and Ergonomic Support, in Advance of National Safety Month this June
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 28, 2013--
Natural disasters are the top safety concern among office employees, yet
the majority of businesses (60 percent) said recent disasters, including
Hurricane Sandy, haven’t led them to reassess their safety plans,
according to Staples second annual workplace safety survey. Survey
results on business risks and emergencies were issued in advance of
National Safety Month.
Less than half of small businesses said they are prepared for severe emergencies or that safety plans are communicated regularly. Staples suggests that businesses stock up on emergency items like food, water, flashlights and blankets, enough to help sustain employees for up to three days. (Photo: Business Wire)
Consistent with last year’s results, the survey discovered significant
discrepancies between safety perception and actual preparedness. Only
half of employees said their company communicates a safety plan – a
basic tenet of safety preparation – but, three out of four believe their
businesses take safety seriously. In emergency situations, nearly 25
percent of employees report their companies only communicate what to
expect “at the last minute.”
Furthermore, according to survey results, small businesses appear to be
more at risk for safety concerns than medium-sized businesses.
Less than half of small businesses said they are prepared for severe
emergencies or that safety plans are communicated regularly.
Thirty-eight percent said their small business does not have safety
training or drills.
Medium-sized businesses were more likely to have plans in place for
emergencies such as evacuation (90 percent), shelter in place (46
percent) and building lockdown (56 percent).
Medium-sized businesses reported a wider array of safety equipment
“Staples knows that businesses take safety seriously in order to protect
their greatest assets: employees,” said Bob Risk, senior strategic
safety, health and wellness manager, Staples. “With an expanded
assortment of safety supplies, from first aid kits, fire extinguishers
and personal protective equipment to ergonomic furniture and technology
accessories, Staples offers solutions to help businesses keep workers
safe, healthy and productive.”
Staples Safety and Emergency Preparation Tips
Staples recommends these additional steps to help prepare for
emergencies and maintain a safe work environment:
Stock up on emergency items: In addition to an emergency
evacuation plan, business should have enough food, water, flashlights
and blankets to help sustain employees for up to three days. Items
like masks and crank-powered radios can further help businesses be
ready for any emergency.
Help prevent accidents: The second foremost safety concern
among survey respondents was trips, slips and falls. Prevent accidents
by installing floor matting and placing hazard signs where appropriate.
Be mindful of ergonomics: One-third of respondents experience
pain or discomfort at their workstation and a quarter reported
“numbness” or “tingling.” Providing ergonomic equipment helps prevent
Back up data: One quarter of respondents do not have access to
a secure server for data back-up. To help protect data and make it
accessible, consider using a secure VPN, cloud storage and external
For more information and tips for small businesses, visit www.staples.com/safetyinfo.
To learn more about how Staples can help medium-sized businesses with
safety preparation and products, visit www.staplesadvantage.com/facility-solutions.
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 2013, asked a series of questions about general
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of
business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses
need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and
services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print
services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of
associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all
sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside
Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: 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, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. The
Staples Advantage one source solution includes comprehensive products
and services from office supplies, technology and printing to
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies. Dedicated to
providing organizations with greater cost savings and improved ordering
efficiencies, Staples Advantage provides a customized level of account
support and best-in-class customer service. More information is
available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
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