If you are a property manager, building owner, or even a business person, it is of your vested interest to ensure that your property and those within it are kept safe and secure. So, read below to learn how to guarantee that this is the case. After all, having a protected building and place of work is essential in creating a positive working environment.
Have proper ventilation
When working in a space such as an office, it is not uncommon for occupational allergies to develop among employees. Common examples include chemicals from cleaning, food, perfumes, paint on walls, and dust entering the body and having adverse impacts on health. Often, these can lead to feelings of nausea, headaches, and sometimes rashes. To avoid and reduce the likelihood of such instances, the building should have sufficient ventilation, which will make it safer. Luckily, this is a relatively straightforward task, as simply opening up a few windows can allow fresh air to circulate. Perhaps even consider installing a fan (spot ventilation) or a ventilation system (whole-building ventilation) if natural ventilation is not as effective. Whichever method you choose, properly ventilate your workplace.
Make sure everything is inspected and works
This next piece of advice admittedly requires a lot more effort, time, and thought than the one above, yet is absolutely crucial in ensuring safety. Regardless of size, there are undoubtedly countless mechanisms and features involved that ensure the smooth running of a building and office space, from elevators to windows and electrical wiring. To minimize the risk of accidents occurring, for instance, conveyance related ones, elevator inspection services should be carried out, such as the ones provided by Atis. Also, it is important to ensure that all electrical wiring is up to date and that there are no physical hazards (e.g., loose floorboards) present. While these actions are rather time-consuming, they are paramount in sustaining a safe office and working space.
Be mindful of the weather, climate, and natural disasters
Pay close attention to the geography of where your building is located. If it is located in a place that is particularly prone to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, then equipping the building with the necessary safety features should be undertaken. If it is located in a sunny climate, then, again, you should make sure that there is proper ventilation and air conditioning systems in place to prevent overheating. If situated in an area that is often exposed to cold, dull weather, then the building should have a sufficient heating system and possibly even bright and calming colored décor (e.g., green) to lift employees’ moods. By catering to the needs and conditions of the climate, your building will certainly become safer, as it is less likely that design decisions will negatively impact the workforce. Instead, their health (physical and mental) will be taken care of.
As illustrated above, there are many ways to make your building and office space safer. All you have to do is look and stick to them!