How to Make Your New Workplace Safer

When it comes to relocating offices, sorting your bottom desk drawer is a headache best left till moving day. No one’s wondered what happened to that paperwork in six months, so surely it can be held off a little longer? it can surely be held off a little longer. Health and safety, on the other hand, shouldn’t be an afterthought.

Whether you’re moving to a larger warehouse space or simply looking for a change of scenery, the exciting part of relocating is letting your imagination run wild. In this instance, day-dreaming about sleeping pods and state of the art coffee machines definitely doesn’t count as procrastination.

Don’t let failed government building inspections bring you crashing back to reality. Instead, alongside all the fun stuff, keep the following tips in mind to make your new workplace safe and productive.

How to make your new workplace safer

Make Safety Your Priority

Safety measures should be incorporated at every stage while you’re restructuring your workplace. Make sure your office is fire-safe by investing in alarms and sprinkler systems. Ensure the safety of your employees and the security of warehouse supplies with structural fire-proofing.

Take no risks and hire fire safety officers to inspect the new property. They can also help you develop and implement emergency exit solutions and plans.

Remember to look after the exterior of your building as well by installing a CCTV system you can trust. If you’re fortunate enough to have space for a car park – something that’s sure to make you very popular with your employees – make sure that it’s secure but accessible. A reverse parking only rule might not be quite so popular to begin with, but it’s also a free and easy way to avoid accidents.

Going Green

Earn yourself some extra brownie points with the environment by thinking about the ecological health of your workplace. If you’re designing from scratch, consider using recycled building materials and reference the Living Building Challenge to source products free from toxins.

Or look a little further down the line and think about employing renewable energy solutions to reduce your carbon footprint. It’ll save you some money come bill time.

A Home Away from Home

We talk about Feng Shui and apply interior decorating tricks to our homes with barely a thought to whether or not it’s strictly necessary. It’s fair to say that the corporate world has been a tad slower in applying the same principles to office spaces.

Long working days mean we spend a lot of time in our offices – on average 37.4 hours a week apparently. Consider the layout of your office and encourage increased co-operation between team members by establishing a breakout or co-working area – a cost effective and subtle way of creating a more welcoming environment.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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