Most businesses lease an office space which means that a lot of the health and safety concerns are out of their hands. Obviously, there are still a lot of things you need to keep an eye on but the safety concerns in the building itself will be handled during construction and you have nothing to do with it.
But a lot of businesses owners are opting to build their own office these days instead. There are a lot of benefits because you have complete control over it and you can build an office that suits all of your needs exactly. But there are some downsides as well because it’ll be up to you to handle more of the health and safety concerns. Here are a few tips to help you get it right.
Pick The Right Construction Company
This is essential because if you end up going with cowboy builders, you’re going to end up with an office that has not been built to a good standard and it’ll be unsafe for your staff. When you’re finding a construction company, you need to look for one that has good experience with building office blocks.
Also ask them about whether they use subcontractors for the electrics and plumbing etc. then check them out so you can be sure that the work will be safe and everything will be signed off as safe properly. It’s worth checking out some of the other offices that the company has built in the past so you can get an idea of quality.
Have Safety Testing Done
Even if you’ve chosen a good construction company, that doesn’t mean everything is guaranteed to be perfect. That’s why you need to have safety testing done. Checking the electrics is essential but what about things like staircases as well? You can have non-destructive testing carried out on things like welding to make sure that the quality of workmanship is up to scratch. It’s important that you do this before the office is operational so you can be sure that it’s safe for your employees.
Consider The Layout
Often, health hazards come about because the layout of the office is bad. For example, if you don’t have enough storage space in the office and you’ve got narrow walkways between cubicles, you’re more likely to have boxes piled up that become a trip hazard. Or maybe there isn’t enough space for all of the cables on your computers so they’re trailing on the ground. If the office isn’t getting much light and your employees are stuck in a dingy room all day, that can have a detrimental effect on the health of your workers. The good news is, you can consider all of these things when you’re building an office from scratch. Think about where everybody is going to sit and design an office layout with safety in mind.
Choose The Right Furniture
Health and safety isn’t just about trips and falls. Sitting at a desk all day long can have a lot of negative health effects on your staff but you’ve got an opportunity to do something about then when you’re starting from scratch. If you furnish your office with good quality ergonomic chairs that offer proper support and even some standing desks if your employees prefer.
Building your own office gives you a great opportunity to improve health and safety so always keep it in mind every step of the way.