Employees appreciate a business atmosphere that is safe, clean and comfortable year-round. As a business owner, you want to keep your building efficient and your employees happy. With the start of autumn just around the corner, small UK business owners can do simple things to adapt so they will have a smooth transition from summer, to autumn, right into winter. These are 5 great tips to help you get started.
Tip No. 1: Prep your carpets
Soils are deposited daily onto carpets from the shoe bottoms of occupants in a building. This includes everyone – employees, customers, tenants, and visitors. These occupants probably use the same traffic patterns around the building regardless of the season. This means that there will be a mixture of dry soils and moisture during the summer and autumn months, and even more moisture from rain, ice, and sometimes snow, during the winter months. By examining the traffic patterns in your carpets, you can remove as much soil as possible in September. This will prepare them for winter traffic, helping to also extend the lifespan of your carpets too!
Tip No. 2: Review your exterior lighting
Around September 22, when the days become shorter, the temperatures begin to cool, and the nights are bathed in the glow of autumn; you’ll want to adjust your light controllers to accommodate the safety for your employees, tenants, and customers. If your building doesn’t have a lighting control system that provides the right amount of light where and when it is needed, installing dusk to dawn lighting with or without motion detectors, will help ensure your outside lighting is as efficient and effective as possible. This can also reinforce the lighting in problem areas, where slip and trip accidents tend to increase during the autumn and winter months.
Tip No. 3: Check your building’s safety mats
Along with the freezing temperatures, icy conditions and sometimes, snow in winter, comes the sand, salt, and other materials used to melt the ice. By placing safety mats in and around your building, this will help protect the occupants and your flooring as well. Placing extra floor mats near entrances will help encourage the wiping of feet. Mats also help prevent floor damage because water could get in-between the cracks otherwise. If your mats are in storage, examine them now for wear and/or replacement. If you rent mats and require replacements, place your orders as soon as possible. During the winter, wet floor signs are also essential to warn people that ice is being tracked in and there may be a slip hazard.
Tip No. 4: Help prevent outside elements from getting in
By regularly sweeping and shovelling, you can remove as much soil, sand, slush, snow, and ice as possible in outdoor areas. Doing this greatly reduces the amount of dirt and moisture that enters your building. Also, when you vacuum often, this will quickly remove the dirt from carpet fibres, your safety mats, and on your building’s hard flooring. ‘Clean before it is seen’ is always a good rule to follow. This is especially true for safety mats because these can get dirty quickly. Properly cleaning them will remove any contaminants that can be tracked into your building.
Tip No. 5: Remember to get an annual service booked
The end of summer and beginning of autumn is the perfect time to call a company that specialises in commercial boiler services and repairs. An inspection by a highly trained and experienced engineer will help ensure your boiler is ready for the colder months. When your boiler is working safely and efficiently, this helps prevent any unpleasant breakdowns too. With regular and effective maintenance, this will help ensure warm and comfortable conditions for everyone in your business.
All of these tips and preventative measures are good investments in safety, cost management, and a healthy building environment.