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    Designing your office with health and safety in mind

    • A health and safety office

      A health and safety office

    Created on: 8th November 2018

    Creating an attractive office space does not mean you sacrifice design for health and safety. 

    This is a guest article written by Penninsula Group Ltd  - The Leading HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety Consultancy Firm

    An average employee spends 40 hours a week in the office. As an employer, it is your responsibility to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of your employees while they're in the office. The idea of designing or refurbishing your office might seem like an exciting one. However, there are some factors worth considering before beginning this process, including promoting health and safety around the office.

    Creating an attractive office space does not mean you sacrifice design for health and safety. Keeping health and safety in mind when designing your office space not only increases employee productivity. It also reduces the possibility of accidents around the office. It might be worth your while to seek out professional health and safety consultants to consult with before deciding on an office design.

    Here are six main points of concern when designing an office with health and safety in mind;

    Space

    The amount of space available to your employees is important. In the event of an evacuation, you want enough space for your employees to be able to exit the building safely and quickly.

    Equipment and furniture

    It is important to keep the aisles and floors clear of electrical cords. Using cable ties and wire protectors can help with securing wires and avoiding trips and falls.

    Lighting

    Appropriate lighting is essential to every work environment. Rooms with flickering or blown bulbs can increase the risk of accidents and eye-straining among employees. Designing your office to account for natural lighting will keep the office well lit as well as contribute to reducing electric bills.

    Bathrooms

    Designing a bathroom to meet the needs of the number of employees in the building goes a long way to ensuring their health and safety. Bathrooms should also get cleaned frequently to avoid bacteria and other contaminants.

    Layout

    The office layout is probably the most important aspect to consider when designing your office. An office layout that was not well thought out can impact employee productivity as well as their health and safety.

    To ensure that you are meeting the health and safety regulations in place to protect your employees. The office should have an unobstructed view flow and should have visible access to the fire exist on every floor.

    Fire safety

    It is a good idea to have a fire safety procedure in place even during the design stage. You should make sure that fire doors are well spaced out through the building and that fire extinguishers are located on every floor. You should also provide an adequate fire safety system to allow employees to vacate the building in a timely manner.

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