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Keeping a Safe and Healthy Work Environment

When looking at a home or office to rent or purchase, it’s worth bearing health and safety in mind. It’s a phrase that gets much ridicule these days, with over-zealous applications being routinely lampooned or criticised in the popular press, however it’s a fair point to say that’s only when extreme rulings fly in the face of common sense. Most examples of health and safety have common sense in mind, and it’s by keeping this foremost that some potentially quite nasty accidents can be avoided.

For example, it’s quite common for businesses to be on multiple floors, or even for a shop to have a basement stock area. Transferring heavy or awkward stock from the delivery or storage area to the working space can be quite hazardous: lifting injuries are one of the most common forms of work-related accidents and their effect can be both permanent and severely disabling. If regular lifting is required, then a more robust solution such as a good lift needs to be in place, which may not be an initial consideration when looking over potential locations for commercial property rental.

In the same way as you would consider a strange floor layout at home to be a disincentive to purchasing, try to imagine what a space will be like for working employees. Each will need their own working space, storage, and suitable access to power points and network access points. Overloading a couple of accessible power sockets will only create a tripping risk from additional cables snaking everywhere, and having more than one plug per socket soon becomes a fire risk.

This is especially important at home, where older properties may only have one or two power sockets available for modern entertainment centres, which might have as many as three or four separately-powered devices. Overloading adaptors can create risks of overheating and fires, which may have deadly consequences if the inhabitants are asleep. If a cable or socket adaptor is needed, use a proper surge-protected ban with an inbuilt cut-out.

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