When it comes to the workplace, taking chances with health and safety simply isn’t an option. Rather than waiting for disaster to strike before calling out an electrician, it’s vital to instead take a proactive approach.
Having an electrical safety plan in place at work is of critical importance, both for documenting the company’s approach to electrical safety and for looking after the best interests of the workforce. Without a safety plan, you leave yourself wide open to any number of negative scenarios.
Many electricians offer an electrical maintenance plan, these plans often cover a variety of services such as PAT testing and the installation of fire safety equipment, security systems and heating & ventilation.
Portable Electrical Equipment
Portable electrical equipment refers to any electrical item that can be moved around the workplace. Examples include all IT equipment, Hoovers, kettles, fans and so on. It is a requirement that all such equipment be kept in a safe working order at all times – the national standard for doing so being through PAT testing.
Short for ‘portable appliance testing’, the term refers to a process whereby professionals assess the safety and working order of electrical devices, before declaring them safe or unsafe for use. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that these tests are carried out regularly enough to ensure that all appliances are always kept in a safe working condition.
While it’s the legal duty of the employer to manage electrical safety, the law does not specifically state that PAT testing must be carried out annually. It all depends on the type of appliance, its age, how often it is used and so on. This again is something that must be determined by the employer and outlined in the electrical safety plan, under the advisement of an expert. (more…)
I am one of those people who believe that a car is meant for luxury until recently when I met a colleague. He is self employed and was looking forward to purchase a small vehicle for the sake of his business. He complained of constantly missing appointments and having to spend a lot of money on transportation. He made me understand that sometimes a car can be overlooked but it adds real benefits to a business.
You need to invest in fleet cars for your business especially if you are in tourism, transport, and procurement and supply industries. Cars that are dependable, resourceful and cost effective are the best options. How do you ensure that your company car provides more advantages than disadvantages?
You need to decide whether to lease or to buy a car. It would make more sense to buy a car if you need it full time. However, if it is only once in a while then you would rather lease. Note that a car depreciates in value. In only 1 year, it will cost 50% less than its original purchase price.
If you have a fleet of cars, you require fleet management software. A good example is Fleet Outlook Product that is paired with Microsoft Outlook. This software can record and store information such as fuel costs, license checks, driver changes, and garage details. Through fleet software, you can track your vehicles and receive automatic reports of their performance and maintenance. To operate the management software, you need trained specialists. (more…)
As an employer it is your prime duty to keep your employees safe at work. People you may hire may not be aware of the hazards involved in the business or may not know how to act during an emergency such as fire, evacuation or hazards. It is the duty of the employer to ensure that every employee either on company rolls or contractual should be trained about the importance as well reaction during emergency situations. So, Health & safety training are of utmost importance.
How can Health & safety trainings be helpful?
· Employees will become aware, competent and careful.
· Mishaps, accidents and ill health causes can be avoided, so that the business will not suffer.
· Financial losses due to accidents, ill health, and production loses etc. can be minimized or eliminated.
Everybody needs Health & safety training. The Employers, employees, managers and supervisors, self employed/contractors, new joiners, young employees etc. ever body needs to know how can one stay safe and what one needs to know and do to keep everybody and everything safe.
The Employer must evaluate and decide that the work assigned to the employees does not exceed their capacity to ensure safety. The employer also needs to recognize the kind of training required by the employees in their organization and accordingly plan trainings with someone who knows the Health & safety rules for that particular business thoroughly. (more…)
When running a business, one of the most important things you have to concern yourself with is crime and office security. Quite a large portion of your income each month will be spent on crime prevention and business security such as CCTV, alarm systems and perhaps even onsite security. It has been reported that offences against businesses in the UK make up 20% of all crimes committed; and cyber-crime is becoming an increasingly bigger player in the security scenario. You will have to make sure that you have a few different types of office security in and around your premises
Some of the material things you can do in and around your premises include checking that the outside doors are strong and solid. You can also add a security gate with a slam lock and a buzzer entry system. Window locks can be installed if the windows are large and have no burglar bars. And of course, there is CCTV which is very useful if you have a drive in car park – with the closed circuit TV screen you can see exactly who enters and leaves your premises and this is fast becoming one of the most popular types of office security. When you have these kinds of security systems installed you have to also put up the necessary signs to warn people against entering your premises. One of the pluses of having office security is that your insurance premiums will most probably be reduced.
Another aspect to look at in terms of types of office security is to invest in security training for all the staff. They need to be taught how to react in an armed hold up, and what to do if their lives are threatened – and how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a major cause of absenteeism after a robbery or a hold up, so it is worth investing in trauma counselling after any security related incident. No one knows how they will react in a situation where danger is present until it actually happens. (more…)
Choosing the right commercial property for your business can be a difficult and time-consuming process. There are some different factors which need to be considered, and the selection and negotiating process can take months. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the whole thing can get rather frustrating. Here are some guidelines to help in choosing the right commercial property for your business.
When you’re looking for commercial office space for which you want to lease out some space to other tenants, the general rule of thumb is “more is better.” Of course, this also assumes that you do not overpay for the property with the higher number of units. But all things being equal, it’s better to have more units to rent out. This way, you can afford to charge less for each unit and still turn a profit.
As the old saying goes, the three most important aspects of commercial property are “location, location, location.” This is especially true with commercial property. If you are acquiring property for any retail purpose, you need to thoroughly examine the area in which it’s located. How much traffic does it have? What is the demographics of the area? Is it a growing or dying area population wise? Do the people in this area have a need/desire for your product/service? All these things need to be examined.
When it comes to getting financing from the bank, make sure all your financial statements are in order. What one of the major criteria banks are looking at is how well organized your company is, because a better organized better run company is far more likely to succeed. If the financial statements appear to be messy, this alone could be enough to cause the bank to turn down the financing. (more…)