If you run a business, you’re probably aware of the importance of health and safety measures. The last thing you want is an unsafe working environment. Sometimes, accidents and incidents happen. But often they’re preventable. Here are some scenarios when it’s best to seek urgent assistance to keep workers safe.
Boiler and heating problems
If you’re having trouble with your heating systems, it’s always best to get them checked out. If there’s a leak or the pressure has dropped, this can expose employees to health risks. You may also find that the office is incredibly cold and therefore, an unpleasant place to be. Search for local plumbers and ask for an urgent appointment. If they do find problems, they can fix them, and you can get back to normal as quickly as possible. Always make sure you keep up to date with regular maintenance checks for your boiler.
Leaks and damp patches
Have you noticed a drip in the office or running taps or toilets in the bathrooms? If you think there may be a leak somewhere, it’s best to do some detective work. See if you can locate and fix the issue. If you can’t, don’t hesitate to seek advice from a plumber. If you have a leak, you may find that damp patches appear on the walls or ceiling. Damp can increase the risk of respiratory issues, and it’s best to address it sooner rather than later. Leaving damp untouched is likely to make the situation worse in the future.
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Damaged flooring is a major slip and trip hazard. If you notice broken floorboards or carpet peeling away from the ground, take steps to get it repaired. If the problem has been reported and an employee suffers a fall, you may be liable if they choose to take legal action.
Have you had a power cut? Are there exposed wires in the office? Is your safety test certificate out of date? F you have any electrical issues at all, it’s always beneficial to resolve them as soon as possible. Electrical injuries can be severe and the longer you leave issues, the higher the risk of accidents. Never attempt electrical repairs yourself. It’s essential to call a qualified, registered electrician. Make sure you schedule regular maintenance checks for appliances. If you have an old wiring system in place, it may be best to update it.
Sanitation is a basic right for all workers. If the toilets are blocked, call a plumber as soon as you can. Place a warning sign to alert people to the problem and encourage them to use a different toilet. Often, toilets can be unblocked quickly and simply.
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As an employer, you have a duty to provide your workforce with a safe environment in which to work. Keep an eye out for any issues and make sure you’re up to date with safety and maintenance checks. If there are problems, try and get them sorted as quickly as possible. Leaving them is likely to result in an increased risk of health issues and accidents. You may also end up spending a lot more money.