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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10 Ways To Lower Your Water Bills

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Just been hit by an expensive water bill? While other utilities can often cost us more overall, water is an expense that can still have a tendency of sneaking up on people (especially given that many of us pay it in annual or bi-annual installments).

Fortunately, water bills are one of the easiest utility bills to reduce. It’s largely a case of reducing your water consumption in and around the home. Here are just several ways in which you may be able to spend less on water.

Fix any leaks

A leak could have a significant impact on your water bill. This could be anything from a dripping tap to a corroded pipe to a damaged seal on a washing machine.

Most leaks are easy to pinpoint – it could be a simple case of following the dripping sound or looking out for water damage. In other cases, a leak may require a bit of detective work to solve. A plumber should be able to help you find the source. Indications that there may be a leak besides unusually high water bills include unexplained damp, unexplained trickling sounds or low water pressure.

Upgrade old plumbing fixtures

You may also be able to reduce your water consumption by upgrading any old water guzzling fixtures. Old toilets, old washing machines and old showers could all be worth replacing.

Sites like Plumbers Stock sell modern toilets and showers that can help you to save water. You can meanwhile shop at appliance stores for energy-efficient washing machines. While buying new fixtures isn’t cheap, you’ll likely save money in the long run. This could be particularly the case if old fixtures are already starting to leak.

Don’t leave the tap running

Do you leave the tap running while brushing your teeth? Or do you leave it running while doing the washing up? If so, you could be wasting unnecessary water.

You only need to run a tap while rinsing your brush. As for doing the washing up, it’s much more economical to fill a bowl with water and wash all your utensils in this bowl rather than to wash each utensil under a running tap. This can be a hard habit to kick, but could save you some money.

Buy a dishwasher

On average, most people use up more water when washing dishes by hand than they do when using a dishwasher. As a result, these appliances can be worthy investments.

A decent dishwasher should be able to clean all its contents with one cycle. Some machines have economy settings, but these may not always provide a thorough clean. You can find guides at sites like Expert Reviews that list the best dishwashers on the market.

Certain utensils such as pots and pans may still benefit from being soaked in hot water to get rid of tough food debri. It’s best to leave pans to soak immediately after cooking so that food has less of a chance to harden up.

Wash full loads

In order to reduce water consumed by your washing machine, make sure that each load is full. If you’re only washing half loads, you’ll be having to use your washing machine twice as much to get through all your laundry.

Don’t worry too much about separating colors – it’s a good idea to separate whites and to be careful with new clothes (they’re more likely to run), but otherwise most colors won’t affect each other.

It is possible to overload a washing machine, but generally this involves stuffing it until nothing else will fit. Fill up the drum, but don’t try to squeeze clothes into it like a suitcase.

Shower more, bath less

You can also save water by taking less baths and more showers. The average person uses 30 gallons when filling a bathtub, while the average 10 minute shower uses up no more than 20 gallons.

If you prefer longer showers, then baths may be more economical. However, for most people showering uses up less water.

Avoid ironing

If you do a lot of ironing, you could be consuming water every time you fill it up (although admittedly not a lot in the grand scheme of things). Ironing isn’t always necessary – if you hang up clothing to dry immediately after washing, you can usually prevent most creases from setting in. Besides, ironing is a chore that most people don’t want to do anyway. So why do it?

Use your vegetable water

Most of us chuck away the excess water when boiling or steaming vegetables, however there are times when it could be reused. Vegetable water makes a great base for broth and it can even be used to cook pasta in straight after, helping to add flavor.

There’s also the option of letting it get cold and using it to water plants with – it will be full of nutrients that could benefit your shrubs.

Harvest rainwater

When it comes to watering your lawn and plants, you can save a lot of money on water by harvesting rainwater. While you shouldn’t drink rainwater without purifying it first, it can be ideal for watering plants with and will save you using your mains water supply.

You can collect water by using a rain barrel. Many of these have taps attached from which you can fit a hose or simply fill up a watering can.

Consider recycling greywater

It’s possible to re-use waste water from your taps and shower for toilet flushing. This could help to save you a lot of water and a lot of money. Fitting a greywater recycling system isn’t cheap so this is definitely a long-term investment, but one that could be well worth looking into if you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future.

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What You Need to Replace in your Home every Decade

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We all know how much work it is to keep our homes looking their best. With the long list of daily and weekly chores, it’s no wonder the bigger jobs tend to go neglected for longer than they should. However, there is a list of areas in the home that need attention every ten years in order for your home to be properly maintained. These 10-year jobs are just an important as the everyday jobs to ensure that your home not only looks great but to ensure that it doesn’t need major renovations later on down the road.

 

Get the Paintbrushes Out

 

Blow the cobwebs off your paintbrushes as it’s time to get to work on giving your home the quickest, easiest and most effective facelift possible in your home. A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to modernize tired and tatty looking rooms and bring your home back to its former glory. Paint gets really dirty over the years and the only way to remedy this is to give it a fresh lick of paint. Re-painting the rooms in your house is not expensive and you can do it yourself, meaning you don’t need to pay for hired help. You can think about new color schemes in your home to make it look unique, fresh and a more enjoyable space to be in.

 

Roof

 

Roofing experts recommend that homeowners replace the roof on their homes every ten years. Roofs can take a real battering from the outdoor elements so it is really important to keep them in peak condition so as to avoid much bigger and more expensive problems.

 

If it’s been awhile since you last looked at your roof, get a roofing expert over to your house to take a look at the state of your roof. Learn about Dennis and Sons Roofing or a local company in your area that will be able to come and look at any sagging roofs or leaks and will then be able to advise you on the next steps necessary to protect your roof and therefore your entire home. There are many tell-tale signs that you can look for to see if you are ready for a replacement, such as water trails under the roof area and light entering through cracks in the roof. So keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs that your roof needs immediate attention. Replacing your roof every ten years means you can avoid having to do emergency jobs, as and when necessary, and instead, can enjoy the comfort that comes with knowing your roof is always in peak condition.

 

Plumbing

 

Plumbing bills can really creep up on us when we least expect them and they can really sting. Therefore it is recommendable to replace the plumbing in your home around every ten years. You can either replace the entire plumbing system or you can just replace the exposed pipes. Calling in a plumber and asking what is the best option for your home and then getting an estimate is the way to go, as unfortunately, this is not a job you can take on yourself.

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Which Home Tasks Should You Never DIY?

Home maintenance is one of the dullest things on the planet. It’s a lot of work and effort, all for the sake of returning something to the state it ideally would have already been in. It’s one thing to embark on home projects that are going to improve your home, but it’s quite another to waste an afternoon just returning things to normal.

 

What is possibly worse is the idea of having to spend money on home maintenance. It’s bad enough that it’s boring, but when it actually costs money? Money you could otherwise spend on literally anything else, because it’d probably be more entertaining? It’s not tempting.

 

Maybe that’s why so many people pick up a drill, watch a few YouTube videos, and then proceed to throw themselves into a task they really don’t understand. There’s nothing wrong with the effort itself; wanting to be competent at DIY is fairly necessary if you’re going to run a house without spending a fortune on repairs.

 

However… there are some things you really should leave to the pros. For example…

 

Are You An Electrician? If Not, Electrics Aren’t For You

 

There’s pretty much nothing in the home that will kill you dead with the speed and force of electricity. Go poking where you don’t understand and the results could be catastrophic. Yet for some reason, people still throw themselves into big electric tasks like rewiring or installing complex new light fittings.

 

There is a tendency for people to think that if they turn the electrics off while they do the work, then there’s no possible harm. That might be the case in the short term, but what about the medium and long term? Turning the electrics off in the moment isn’t going to prevent faulty wiring from causing a fire in the future.

 

No Plumbing Qualification? Then No Pipes For You

 

Plumbing doesn’t have the same immediate threat that working with electricity can have, but it can still be catastrophic. This is especially true if you do anything with the water heater; the mishandling of which could easily result in carbon monoxide poisoning for the whole family. Some people do still charge in there, though; determined to fix faults with water pumps or to valves, sure that it’s only a small job so why should they pay someone to do it?

 

There’s a reason people have to train to handle gas safely – because it’s dangerous. No matter how easy the job sounds, going near your water heater is a job you should definitely skip.

 

Not A Roofer? Then Stay On Ground Level

 

Finally, another one for the immediate threat file. If you’re not used to working with heights, then barrelling in to fix that leaking tile could be potentially catastrophic. Even the professionals – with all their years of expertise – have a shockingly high number of falls and deaths as a result of falling from roofs.

 

Of course, you want your home to tick over as it should – but you should definitely prioritize keeping yourself alive and well above all else.

 

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