Have You Risk Assessed It?
It may not be your first thought. In some ways, moving office is like moving home – it can mean that as a business and a company, you are growing, expanding and evolving. And this means new premises!
In this excitement, however, some of the basic safety needs of such a move may be overlooked. Team spirit may be riding high, with sleeves rolled up, skips ordered and boxes ready to be packed. But, as an employer you are still responsible for the health and safety of your employees both on your new and current premises.
Therefore, it is essential you risk assess the office move. And here are our top five tips…
#1 Consider a professional moving company
It may seem like a huge expense but using a professional moving company, especially one specialising in office and business relocations, means that the bulk of the risk assessment is carried out by them. From the use of their trained staff, to their moving equipment, this takes a lot of responsibility off of your shoulders. Well worth considering, we think!
#2 Manual lifting, trips and falls
Of all the risks and hazards that present themselves with an office move, is employees hurting themselves when they lift or move heavy or awkward items. Tripping and slipping are also major hazards.
Your team will need to be talked through every aspect of the move and should also be trained in manual handling. This means understanding how to lift things and being aware of their back and knee position.
Heavy items should also be clearly identified so that people know it is a two-person lift etc.
#3 Using the right equipment
From trolleys to risk stickers, to correct cutting equipment and tape ensuring that your employees have all the necessary equipment is paramount.
Moving office space is an involved and complex process, and one that must be thought through from beginning to end. As well as making sure that employees know how to lift correctly, you also need to provide them with the right equipment to do the job.
This is often overlooked until the day, with one pair of scissors that keep getting lost and running out of tape in the first hour of packing!
#4 Assess the new premises
Your new premises may be perfect – they are just right to accommodate your expanding business. It is in a prime location, a great place for business and employees.
However, within this perfection will be a few risks and hazards and these need to be identified, assessed and remedied, as far as is possible. Employees need to be made aware of these risks and hazards and what should be done in the event of an accident and so on.
#5 First Aid
From cut fingers to twisted knees, there are all kinds of injuries that can result on moving day thus, having a qualified first aider with the appropriate equipment at each site is essential.
With so much to think about, are you confident in your risk assessment of moving day?