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Tips for improving health and safety in the office

22 January 2016

As a provider of truly comprehensive office maintenance services, here at ProActive Commercial Maintenance, we know a thing or two about those minor faults that, when they accumulate, can pose real problems for the general health and safety of your office.

As a provider of truly comprehensive office maintenance services, here at ProActive Commercial Maintenance, we know a thing or two about those minor faults that, when they accumulate, can pose real problems for the general health and safety of your office.

With that in mind, here are some of our favourite ‘DIY’ tips for office health and safety.

Perfect your health and safety policy

Once you have got a health and safety policy written up, always look for ways to improve upon it. It could be that a new piece of technology comes into the office or you hire an employee with certain specific requirements.

For example, purchasing a coffee machine for the office brings about a myriad of health and safety issues that will need to be tackled, as will hiring an employee with impaired sight or hearing.
Encourage employees to suggest new things to add to the health and safety policy. You may hold a meeting every two months and ask for suggestions, or even set up a reward scheme for employees that make the best suggestions.

Such suggestions could encompass everything from methods to tuck away exposed wires or other trip hazards, to a nifty way to improve posture while sat at a computer.

Stock up on signs

Even the head honcho of a business won’t know the health and safety policy by mere memory. That’s why it is so important to make a copy of the policy readily available to staff or visitors, in case they wish to read it at any point.

Signs and other safety precautions are also essential. They may not be the most attractive things to have to hang up in the workplace, but it’s much better to have a room dotted with slightly garish signs than to endure a new health and safety crisis every day.

The correct equipment is key

You wouldn’t expect an employee to work on a computer made over 10 years ago, so why would you do the same with safety equipment? Ensure that such equipment as fire alarms and fire extinguishers work correctly – you never know when you might need them.

Fire risk assessments, PAT testing and alerting you to any health and safety hazards are just a few of the services that we can provide here at ProActive CM.

For more advice on improved health and safety in the workplace, don’t hesitate to contact us.