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Small businesses lacking in workplace safety preparedness

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According to a recent survey conducted by Staples.com, many small business managers have more knowledge regarding workplace safety preparedness than their workforce.

The survey found 70 percent of managers said their company has an emergency communication plan; however, slightly less than half of their employees were unsure about the plan or if it even existed.

"Staples knows that employees are the foundation of any small business, and their health and safety is a major priority for small business owners and managers," said Steve Bussberg, senior vice president for Staples.com.

Many small businesses have safety products that can combat any potential health hazards that can be experienced in the workplace, but the survey found small business managers were nearly 50 percent more likely than other workers to locate supplies such as defibrillators, eye wash, dust masks, and caution and wet floor signs.

Small businesses need to make sure their employees are protected, as well as the business itself. With employee safety being of utmost importance to many small businesses, it is important for businesses to have workers compensation insurance to care for employees injured in the workplace, as well as general liability insurance to cover other mishaps that result in a person getting hurt.

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