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Protect What Matters Most: Keep Your Employees Safe This Summer

Shawna Neilson
By Shawna Neilson - May 29, 2019 9:20:00 AM

Keep_Employees_Safe_This_Summer.jpgMost businesses wouldn’t think twice about investing in the safety of their employees while they are at work; however, if employees are your most valuable asset, shouldn’t you be concerned with their personal safety, risk management, and disaster preparedness?

The summer is a time of sunshine, travel, and fun. But there are many risks present in summer’s activities. Help educate your employees on how to be safe this summer. Post summer safety tips around the office. Send out resources and reminders. Consider investing in a service, like Agility Recovery, that not only helps you build your business continuity plan, but also provides access to a portal that allows employees to build their personal disaster preparedness plan.

Consider sharing safety and risk management tips such as these with your team:

  • General Home Safety –You are accustomed to following safety rules at work, but what about home? Don’t forget the importance of home safety - including proper labeling of cleaning solutions, ladder safety, and wearing the proper personal protective equipment when doing chores such as lawn maintenance and interior or exterior cleaning.
  • Pools – Summer fun almost always involves swimming! Whether at home, a friend’s house, or a public pool, there are safety precautions to keep in mind to ensure you and your family are swimming safely this summer.
  • Boating - Regardless of your expertise on the water, proper boating safety should be followed every time you hit the water. Click here for boating safety tips to review with all passengers.
  • Safe Driving – With all the long weekends and vacations, summer is one of the busiest driving seasons…and one of the most deadly. Speeding, driving while intoxicated, not wearing a seat belt – there are numerous reasons for summer driving accidents. Don’t forget about distracted driving. It is not just a concern for teenage drivers. As you hit the road for summer travel, consider the dangers of distracted driving and how you can help keep yourself and your passengers safe.

Your employees are your most valued asset. Start a campaign of tips and lessons for them to take heed of in their personal lives. Help ensure they are able to have fun and work safely at home, but also arrive back to work refreshed and in one piece.

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Shawna is the Director of Risk Management Services at Gibson. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Claims, Claims Consulting, and Loss Prevention teams; providing them with guidance and support for achieving the strategic goals of the agency and clients. Shawna is responsible for the execution of new employee development, ongoing staff planning, and recruiting efforts for Risk Management Services. In addition, Shawna is responsible for Gibson’s #DisasterReady plan and translates her knowledge to offer clients consultation with creating theirs. She is also responsible for researching new risk management solutions to add to the agency’s portfolio in order to enhance the services provided to clients. Additionally, Shawna consults clients on workers’ compensation to reduce claims exposure and costs, and conducts training for clients on various aspects of the risks they face. Read Shawna's Full Bio

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