Top Safety Concerns In Any New Office

If your business is moving to a new office, or you are starting up your first one, there is a lot that you are going to have to consider. One of the main issues that will always be necessary to look into is the safety of the people who work there. There are a lot of safety concerns that you will come across in any new office, and in this article we are going to take a look at some of the most important of these. If you are aware of these, you should find that you know what to do to keep your employees safe – and ensure a brighter future for the company.

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Slipping & Falling

 

If you look at the statistics for office safety across the world, the single biggest cause of injury is slipping and falling. Therefore, if you can do whatever you can to avoid these instances occurring in your office, you are going to be keeping your employees much safer, and everyone is going to appreciate that. So what can you do to make sure you keep slips and falls to an absolute minimum? As it happens, there are a couple of important things to bear in mind.

 

Firstly, consider the kind of flooring you have in the office, and whether it might need to be replaced with something safer. If so, do that before you actually move your staff into the office. Then you need to make sure that there are some basic health and safety routines in place to ensure people don’t run and make slipping more likely. At the same time, be sure to keep the floors clear of obstructions. That will ensure that fewer people slip or fall in your office.

 

Collisions

 

Collisions can either be with other people or with objects. In either case, the majority of collisions are avoidable, and you should make sure that you are doing whatever you can to stop them from occurring. In a new office, you will want to clear the floor of anything anyone could collide into before they start working there. On top of that, consider whether there are any potentially problematic parts of the office – blind spots around corners, for instance – and what you might be able to do about them – such as putting up a mirror or a sign suggesting people to take care in that area. With that kind of attention to detail, collisions will be kept to a minimum.

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Sharp Corners

 

It’s not just children who need to take care around sharp corners – any of us could be injured in this way. In a new office, you might not know which corners are going to be sharp at first, so you might need to make sure that you are checking them all out to begin with. If there are any that seem particularly problematic, you need to make sure that you are going to cushion them in some way, or even have them attended to and sanded down. With sharp corners being one of the most common safety problems in offices across the world, this is more important than you might at first assume.

 

Poor Lighting

 

Although it might not seem as though poor lighting is a hazard in itself, it’s not hard to see why it might pose a problem in any office. After all, if your office has poor lighting, it means that people are more likely to suffer from the above causes of injuries, especially tripping and falling. Poor lighting can also cause people to have ongoing health problems. In the worst case scenarios, you might find that your employees have a lot of headaches and fail to come into work. It is clearly important to make sure that your new office has decent lighting before you let anyone work there.

 

Hopefully, this will usually be a pretty simple fix. It will probably just mean that you need to replace the lights that are up, or even just the bulbs. At other times, you might need to completely strip out and rewire new lighting in to ensure that all parts of the office are covered. As long as the lighting is sufficient, your employees are going to be looked after much more, and suffer less from working in your office.

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Electrical Faults

 

There are few safety concerns more important than potential electrical faults, given that at the very worst end of the scale it can cause death. When you are moving into a new office, this is one of the first and most important things you need to check, to ensure that you don’t cause any harm to be done to any of your employees, partners or guests to the office. You need to look into this as early as possible, and definitely before anyone actually starts working there.

 

Of course, you should not check it yourself, but rather you should hire an electrician to do so for you, as doing it yourself could be dangerous. Make sure you get them to check the entire system in the office and that they fix any issues that they find. This is a non-negotiable part of setting up in a new office, so make sure that you don’t overlook it. You should also ensure that you get the electrician to return every six months or so, just to check that everything is still safe and in perfect working order.

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Plumbing Issues

 

In a similar vein to the electrics, you should also make sure that you have the plumbing checked out too. Although it might not be quite as serious as faulty electrics, pipe problems can still pose a problem and could cause some safety issues if they are left untreated. In the worst case, you might even end up with flooding in the office – and if that is combined with electrical problems, then that is likely going to be a recipe for disaster. As you can see, this is really important.

 

Again, the solution is to call in the professionals to take a look, and to fix anything that might be out of place. Do this before anyone starts working there to ensure that you avoid any serious emergencies.

 

Fire Safety

 

Nobody wants to be caught in a fire. That much goes without saying. One of your main priorities as a manager is to ensure that the office is safe from fire as far as is possible. There are two main routes you need to follow here: preventing fires from breaking out, and making sure that you are well equipped to deal with it if it does happen anyway. Both are essential, and you should make sure that you do whatever is necessary in both cases just to make sure.

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In order to prevent fire, you need to make sure you have decent and strong protocols in place for how to behave in the workplace. That avoids any silly behavior causing a fire, which is vital. You also need to make sure that electrical faults are dealt with promptly, as above, and that your people are trained in fire safety as well as possible, and regularly too. That should hopefully prevent the majority of fires.

 

No matter what, occasionally fires do break out in offices, and it is essential to make sure that your staff know what to do if that happens. That is where the training comes in, and particularly training around what steps to take if there is a fire. That’s why fire drills are so important, and not to be overlooked. You should also make sure that you stock your new office up with all of the necessary equipment: fire extinguishers and so on, as well as making sure there are fire doors in place and so on too, and that fire exits are never blocked.

 

As long as you do all that, you can say you are doing everything possible to both prevent fires in your new office, and deal with them if they occur as well as possible.

 

Air Quality

 

Poor air quality is related to a number of health and safety issues. Notably, it can lead to your employees having breathing problems or other health issues, and you need to make sure that you are avoiding this as well as you can. That means taking a look at the ventilation system, and ensuring that it is maintained as well as possible at all times. This will also help in preventing the spread of illnesses and diseases, which is especially important during a global pandemic such as the coronavirus pandemic. On top of that, a general cleanliness is vital too, so make sure that you clean the office well before anyone starts working there, and regularly thereafter. It all makes a difference.

 

If you do all that, your employees are going to be safer and your office is going to be a much better place to work in many ways. Make sure that you don’t overlook any of these important concerns.

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7 Easy Ways to Transform Your Home into a Comfort Zone

In a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, people have been asked to remain at home. The directive keeps the majority of Americans but essential workers from going to work, which has resulted in more people working from home. Most people are now working remotely from home every-day, and this can be challenging.

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If you find yourself self-isolating or working from home for the very first time, then you’re most likely wondering how you can remain productive. The livability of your home has never been more important. Below are some of the ways that you can transform your home into a comfort zone.

Windows

While windows may seem like a problem that is out of your hand, making just a few small changes can make a big difference. Glazing windows is one of the techniques that can create a huge difference. It involves adding an inert gas between the glass plates. The result is a soundproof window that acts as a barrier between you and the outer world.

Apart from soundproofing your inner environment, windows also help filter in natural light that can transform your home into an idyllic environment. Ideally, big windows are better suited to transform a closed room into a bright one.

Lighting

Although natural light is the best, in some cases, it may not be an option. But you can settle for artificial light. Whether you settle for general lighting, like an overhead bulb, or target lighting like a desk lamp, ensure that your room is well lit.

You can make your home a comfortable nook, but without proper lighting, you’ll just make things worse and give yourself a headache by living in a poorly lit room. A good way to light your room is to find a balance between bright light and subtle shade for your walls.

Optimize Your Bedroom

According to NCBI, humans spend one-third of their lives in their bedrooms. Therefore, if your bedroom isn’t optimized for your comfort and relaxation, you will suffer the effects of sleep deprivation. But before you can optimize your bedroom, you need to first consider your sleeping structure. This means making sure that you have a bed that is right for your needs, and a mattress suitable for your sleeping style.

Next, use the feng shui method to transform your bedroom into that of your dreams. Ensure that your bed is positioned in a position where you can clearly see the door, but this doesn’t mean that it should be in a direct line with it. Also, allow more room on each side of the bed for a nightstand. Choose a color similar to your skin tone for decorating. However, this isn’t an opportunity to show off those flashy colors. Finally, implement different levels of lighting between your sources of light. It’s important that you make sure that the lighting in your bedroom is easy on your eyes to help calm your mind before you get into your bed.

Get Comfy Pillows

You need comfy pillows to make your home more comfortable. The pillows aren’t just meant for your couch. Pillows are essential for different places in your nook. From the outdoors to the bed, investing in comfy pillows is a good way to make your home feel more inviting and relaxing.

Ideally, you should get different types of pillows. For instance, you would want long pillows for your bed, throw pillows for your couch, and pillows that sit at an angle to make you more comfortable when watching movies.

Create the Right Atmosphere

To create the right atmosphere, you need to improve indoor air quality. This is important to improve your health and that of your loved ones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside most homes is more polluted than outdoor air. Mold, pet dander, pollen, and radon are some of the common pollutants inside most of our homes. Additionally, you also need to think about indoor humidity. When the air is too humid or too dry, it can have a negative effect on your health and even cause damage to your home.

To clean the indoor air, you need to clean your HVAC system. A dirty system can harbor and also circulate allergens in your home. To keep your system clean and well-maintained, you should get a full-service HVAC company to have a look at your air filter and replace it. In average homes, the filter should be changed every two to three months. However, if you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, ensure that you check your air filter every month.

Update Your Artwork

Do you remember when you last picked something new for your walls? If your walls have had the same arts and prints for the last few years or decades, then it’s time to take a tour to the art show, student sale, or art gallery, and pick some fresh pieces that speak to you. New art can go a long way in transforming your home.

Plants

While plants are aesthetically pleasing, they also have other benefits to your body and health. They act as natural purifiers by taking in the carbon dioxide in the air and releasing oxygen. By providing your inner space with fresh air, they help make your home more livable. There are several other health benefits that come with adding a plant in your home. For example, they help prevent allergies and decrease the risk of blood pressure.

Bottom line: All the above tips can help transform your home into a comfortable and livable nook. You want to live in a place where you can create memories, and there is a bonus point to creating a home that is inviting to friends and loved ones, it is also inviting to you, too! What’s more, a calm home will reduce your daily stress. By investing just a little time and money in your home, you will actually be investing more in yourself. Regardless of how much time you spend in your home, your home should be a comfort zone where you can relax. 

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Helping Your Elderly Relatives During The Coronavirus Pandemic


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As the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the globe, many families are left feeling anxious about the health of their elderly relatives. We understand that the elderly are more vulnerable and at risk of severe symptoms from coronavirus. 

 

Many of us are in a position where we cannot visit our relatives, as this may pose a risk to their health. Others may be living with elderly relatives or providing care from close by. Depending on your current circumstances, there are a few things you can do to help your elderly relatives during the pandemic.

 

1 . Tech to keep in touch

 

It may be that for whatever reason, you cannot visit your relatives during the pandemic. The government has advised against this, except under a few special circumstances, for example, if you are providing care for a vulnerable relative. In most countries, care homes are not currently allowing visitors. Your relatives are likely to feel lonely and anxious during this time, so it’s beneficial to use technology to keep in touch. Talking on FaceTime can be comforting, many families are even using this tech to play games virtually, including trivia quizzes or chess.

 

  1. Stock the cupboards

 

If you are directly looking after a relative, help them to stock up on supplies such as food, toiletries, and any prescription medications that they take. They need to leave the house as little as possible, if at all during this time. Help them to use apps for online shopping so that they can get their groceries delivered quickly and conveniently. Many supermarkets are giving elderly or vulnerable customers priority during the pandemic.

 

  1. Social distancing

 

When visiting an elderly relative, be sure to practice social distancing, interact only from a safe distance, and avoid all close contact. It’s believed that many people carry the coronavirus without displaying any symptoms. For this reason it’s still essential to practice social distancing even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

  1. Regular deep clean 

 

Help your elderly relative by giving their home a deep clean regularly. Use bleach-based products, which will kill any trace of COVID-19. Provide your relative with plenty of soap and hand sanitizing gel. Remind them to practice regular hand washing, especially if they have left the house.

 

  1. Boost immune system

 

To fight off a virus, we need a strong immune system. During this time, it can be helpful to provide your relatives with plenty of immune-boosting foods and supplements to keep them in good health.

For those who have elderly relatives in care homes, this can be a particularly distressing time. It’s likely that you cannot see your at this time relative; however you will be able to keep in touch over the phone. If you are not happy with the standard of care that your relative is receiving, you may consider removing them from the care home, if possible. There are also neglect attorneys available to help you with any incident, grievance, or complaint.

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