It’s that time of year when the weather gets dicey and you’re making your way to work wrapped up in a warm coat and winter boots. You’d think that being indoors, you don’t need to worry about the effect of the weather on your office. However, facilities management companies know that you have to be ever vigilant. This is how they ensure your office stays safe.
Before doing anything, they’ll check to see what the laws and regulations are around winter safety in your area. The worst outcome of not staying vigilant is an injured employee. Being aware of the laws helps you avoid that. As well as avoiding lawsuits, you’re avoiding losing an employee to preventable injuries, too.
Now is the time to check for leaks in your pipes. If any makes it outside and freezes, you could have a dangerous situation on your hands. London facilities management companies will check for the leaks, and then get them repaired as soon as possible. If they can’t be repaired as soon as possible, they’ll mark the area off as potentially slippery, so employees are warned. It’s also worth checking pipes regularly, as the temperature drops the water in the pipes can freeze and create new leaks.
These should be large and brightly coloured so they’re easily noticed. This will remind employees to watch their step, as they’re entering and exiting the building. A little reminder goes a long way to preventing accidents.
Remember that people will track water and snow in with them as they enter the building. Keep rugs down in front of your doors, so they can wipe their feet off before they reach non- carpeted areas. Also, place ‘slippery when wet’ signs around the entrance to warn people who are coming in. This should avoid any falls in your lobby or entrance area.
London facilities management companies will contact your employees to go over the dangers of colder weather with them. This can usually be in a newsletter, ensuring no one misses the message. You can even create competitions to see how long the company can go without a fall if you want to actively engage your staff in keeping safe in the workplace.
London facilities management companies will look into ways of dealing with ice when it appears on your land. The most popular way is to lay salt on high-risk areas, although you may have ideas that will be more effective to you. Ask them, and see what they think. Need someone to keep your employees safe while they’re at work? Here at Facilities Management Services, we’re up to the task. We have years of experience in managing office buildings, and we can ensure your staff will love working in an area that we manage. Get in touch with us to find out more.