Clearly a small business office won’t be as hectic as a corporate commercial building. It’s not hard to figure that the latter will be filled with hundreds if not over a thousand employees. All manner of things go on in an office that put the wear and tear of the surroundings into an accelerated state. However even as a small business things can catch up to you in this regard. Even if you only employee 10 to 50 employees, you too will experience some of the things the larger companies do. The lights may flicker from time to time so either the light needs to be replaced or the wiring could be suspect. The computer wires can become loose and cause a trip hazard or even an electrocution fear. There could be a leak in the ceiling which causes rainwater to drip into the office or perhaps in the stairwell. These are disasters waiting to happen. The main reason why you should be concerned about these things is no small business can afford to be sued by an employee. Another reason is that you don’t want your workforce to take needless days off due to injury. Run a tight ship and you won’t have to worry about any of this.
Head above the unseen
If you’re in a small building as using it as your headquarters, then a standard check you can perform is for water leakage. Stick your head above the ceiling tiles and with a flashlight search for any damp spots. Do this throughout the whole office. Next you should check any taps and or toilets to see if they are leaking or cannot contain water properly. Cracks are a bad sign and this could be a simple issue that can be fixed with a bit of sealant or it could be a continuously building leak from a water pipe. There might also be a build up of mildew that can cause breathing problems so cleaning this away is definitely a must.
Wear in the wires
Once every 5 years or so you should check the condition of the wiring in your office. Everything from the light switches, the internet cables, the wires behind the computers, the fire alarms and the security systems. Take a look at the fixed wire testing guide and how it is relevant to your business. Call out an expert and they will look for signs of corrosion and general wear and tear in the wiring of all your electrics. Some parts of the building and or office might have aged so badly that even though you have state of the art systems the wiring is worn and possibly exposed. An expert will go through your professional workspace without disturbing anything but checking every outlet and wire and inspect for this kind of damage. It may not be easy to spot with the untrained eye so it’s better safe than sorry to call someone out.
These annual checks in your office could save you a lot of money in costly repairs. The safety of your workers is also paramount so to avoid a negligence lawsuit you should take these inspections seriously.