Providing a safe workplace is vital for businesses both big and small, and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce provided some information on staying safe during their Power Lunch on Thursday.

"We've done it at least for the last couple of years, something on workplace safety, since we are a business-focused organization, making sure that our members are understanding what it's going to take to keep themselves and their employees safe," said Terra Carroll, president and CEO of Chamber.

The panel included Chief John Thomas from North Augusta Public Safety, Beth McLeod with Fulcher Hagler, LLP and Tamara Smith with Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center.

The panel discussed procedures, legal obligations and how to support employee mental wellness.

"With everything that has happened in the world lately with violence in general, having this subject I felt was the responsibility of the Chamber to make sure our businesses at least had some basic knowledge of what to do and not to do, and say and not say," Carroll said.

Carroll said workplace safety is a topic the Chamber has addressed before and will probably continue to address on a yearly basis, adding it is something that needs to stay front of mind for businesses.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.