I think you already know the answer – it’s “yep.”
Even if you only have 1 employee, you should have some written rules, tips, policies, or general info about safety on-the-job. It is always better to think ahead about the potential risks in your workplace than to be surprised and unprepared when an issue arrises.
Whether you employ office workers, machinists, or janitors, there are hazards in every workplace – from repetitive motions that cause carpal tunnel, or possible water or fluids which can cause a fall that breaks a bone.
Even a desk job in an office has its own set of risks that should be prepared for in advance.
A Safety Handbook communicates to your employees that their safety is a top priority. It reminds each employee of the risks involved in their work, and orients their behavior to avoid unsafe practices.
When you create a workplace environment where employees know their safety is important and their concerns are valued, you build a stronger team that trusts each other.
From a legal perspective, a great deal of cities, counties, and states require a safety handbook. I’m sure your property insurance would cost less if you have one.
From a personal perspective, having a safety handbook seems to me to be the principled thing to do for an owner. You communicate to your employees that they are valued, which builds a stronger team.
I have decades of experience creating business documents.
When doing research on a safety training module, I realized how many potential hazards there can be in any environment, and how easily that some basic education and awareness will help everyone avoid an injury or illness.
My Safety Handbook is versatile and can be used for a variety of businesses. It is customizable for your needs. Make sure to check it out, and as always, get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.