Quick Ways to Hazard-Proof Your Space
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. This is most especially true for areas that have high foot traffic – places where people can always be seen. Statistically speaking, the more people visit your space, the more likely untoward incidents may occur since the influx of people increases the possibility of human error.
It is so easy for a person to overlook a step and fall down a flight of stairs. The smallest spills of water, if left unattended, may cause dangerous slips and tumbles. Blunt or heavy objects poorly placed in storage above head could easily be knocked down and smack against other fixtures – or worse, customers or staff.
As tenants and property owners, should such unwanted situations like that take place in your building, you immediately share a part of the responsibility since the space is named after you. This would not only be bad PR for business but taking responsibility for these kinds of accidents are worth a pretty penny.
Thus, aside from ensuring that your space is aesthetically pleasing and attracts customers, you should also watch out for risks that could possibly endanger you, your staff or your guests. It isn’t easy to predict when and how accidents can happen but it’s easy enough to avoid if you prepare for it – if you are prepared for anything.
Industrial Risk is a set of circumstances that could potentially evolve as a threat in the future. These vulnerabilities may be caused by human error, natural wear and tear of foundations and fixtures or unexpected mishaps. Either way, there are no sure ways of anticipating when such a tragedy could occur. Hence it is important that staying alert, prepared and well-equipped with the right materials for preventive measures is enforced within your space. So, should accidents ever occur, it would not develop to be such a disastrous one.
When designing a space for commercial or industrial use, it is important that we eliminate risks first before setting out and proceeding to other fun aspects of shop fitting.
Steps in Hazard-proofing your space:
Of course, before a you gear up for war, you should first be aware of what you are up against. Thus, the first step in moving towards a hazard-free location is learning how to identify risks.
In identifying risks, you must acquire an eagle’s eyes and extreme attention to detail. Ask yourself what the worst possible scenario could be to happen for everything that is installed or placed in your space. Take note of flammable materials and make sure that they are placed far away from fire or any other combustible items. Account for every object inside your space and analyze for possible ways these can pose a threat to your business. Awareness and vigilance are the hallmarks of a proper way to identify risks.
Once you can point-out which items and materials could possibly be hazardous, the next step is to assess how much risk it poses and what kind of hazard it brings. Industrial hazards can be categorized into the following categories slips and falls, flammable and combustible, corrosive and toxic materials, electrical hazards and environmental threats. Determine if the unsafe conditions you identified are a threat and to what degree they are harmful.
After identifying hazardous materials and assessing the extent of such risks, formulate a way to reduce or completely address the risks by implementing preventive and control measures.
Kinds of Hazards:
To give you more idea on which kinds of hazard to look out for, the following are some example of common commercial risks:
Fire. Fire hazards are very common not only among food-related establishments but also on areas hot and humid areas. Fire can not only cause irreparable damage to properties but it can also produce toxic fumes and burn people. Fires can come from flammable materials (fabrics, plastics, wood and paper), combustible materials (fuel, gases, and other flammable chemicals), and electrical sparks (overheating machineries, exposed wires, and overloaded outlets).
Chemicals. Should you be involved in corrosive or toxic chemicals, be extremely careful in how you store and handle these chemicals. Skin contact with these substances may lead to unpleasant burning sensations, inflammation or any other allergic reactions.
Slipping and Tripping Hazards. Children are often the victims of these hazards as they tend to lose their footing easily. Unattended spills, slippery floors or over-polished tiles may be prone to slips while strategically placed furniture and wirings could lead to tripping hazards. Hence, it is often important to put-away things that could possibly block the walkway of staff and guests.
Falling debris. Often, gravity acts dangerously upon heavy items placed in height. If these item happen to be poorly arranged, it can easily plunge towards unsuspecting people or delicate objects.
To ensure that your space is free from risks and hazards, ask yourself the following questions and always stick to a safety checklist before, during and after the operation of your store.
1.Entrance and Exits. Make sure there are enough access points in your building to accommodate an orderly emergency evacuation if need be. Ensure that there are no blockades and obstructions in these areas to ensure that they are always readily available for use in dire situations.
2.Fire Safety. Ensure that you have means and tools to detect and put out fires if need be. Safeguard flammable materials from sparks or sources of heat.
3.Floors and Surfaces. Check if there are items that are prone to spills. Store liquid materials properly and make sure that there are no leaks. If you feel like a certain area is too smooth or slippery, use non-slip rubber pads and rubber mats.
4.Lighting. Invest in proper lighting and make sure that all areas in your building is well-lit especially at night. Highlight high-risk places with emergency lights and signs.
5.Ventilation. Arrange for proper air flow by making sure that the area is well-ventilated and is free from inhalable toxic substances. Make sure that you have cooling and heating systems and that these are working properly.
Accidents may be unforeseen circumstances and hazards and risk may not be completely removed but with enough preparation your space could be safe and hazard-proof anytime. Quick Fire & Plumbing Solutions offers damage minimisation and hazard control services. So, if things start to go awry or you just want to be prepared, rest assured that the our team is well-equipped to help with your hazard reduction requirements.