Simple safety tips that won't compromise your business

At work, as at home, it's got to be safety first. And you don't need to compromise on style to keep people safe

Fire alarm call points are essential in office spaces

Work spaces need to be safe and if the interior design is good, safety will have been incorporated into it. Fire safety is always critically important, so ensure everyone knows the drill in the event of fire

We want things to look the best they possibly can - but there is nothing more important in an office than safety. Thankfully, a few simple safety tips can be followed that won't compromise office interior design. Check out these simple tips and know that your office can be safe AND stylish.

Fire alarm call points
If you not sure what they are, fire alarm call points are little red boxes to be activated in the event of a fire. They are essential for safety in a public building and regulations and guidelines are in place to ensure these boxes are placed at necessary intervals. Because they're relatively compact and simple, they don’t interrupt the flow and design of a space. Most importantly, they're there to keep the building and its users safe. No one wants to have to deal with a fire and these systems make it far less likely fire could take hold.

Keep work areas tidy
Things look better when everything is in its proper place and a great tip that doesn't cost anything is to keep work spaces clear of clutter. Lots of loose papers, for example, are a fire hazard, so keep papers in files and files in drawers. Likewise tools need proper storage, particularly electrical tools. There are lots of other great ideas to ensure a stylish and safe workplace that won't break the bank.

Promote hygiene
In the wake of COVID-19, we've all learned the importance of hygiene. The good news is that you can ensure office safety and health without having to launch a big initiative. Promoting hygiene in the office can come about in one of two simple ways.
The first is to continue to have hand sanitizer at every desk/station -  a quick pump and workers or visitors can clean their hands. And if you have the budget, hand sanitiser pumps on walls are also convenient.

Have workplace procedures 
Being the workplace safety officer might be a bit of a boring job to take on, but safety procedures can literally save lives. Work out best procedures for your type of office and ensure everyone knows them. For example, everyone needs to know how to safely evacuate a space and where to congregate in the event of, say, a fire. Get staff to practice safety drills and procedures so it's second nature should a problem arise. What we don't want are people panicking in the event of an accident or emergency because they don't know where to go or what to do or who to call. Obviously fire safety procedures are key - make sure everyone knows where the exit points are. And if a workspace handles chemicals or other dangerous materials, it's essential to have wash stations at regular intervals. Office design is obviously important and the more work places look attractive, the more people will want to work in them. But safety goes hand in hand with good design and the former won't compromise the latter.