All business owners and employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment. Ensuring workplace safety covers a wide range of areas, so it is essential you have access to the professional support you need.
If employers fail to maintain a safe workplace, there can be serious consequences. The Health and Safety Executive may investigate, for example, firms can be fined, and, in worst case scenarios, a criminal investigation may take place. What’s more – an employee could make a claim for compensation if they’re injured or unwell due to an unsafe working environment.
Now you know just how important workplace safety is, what can you do to ensure you’re fulfilling your duties? As an employer, you will have various aspects of health and safety to consider. However, one of the most important is your drainage and plumbing.
Preventing Drainage Issues
Due to the impact of leaks, flooding and blocked drains, your plumbing should be constantly maintained. They say that prevention is better cure – and this is certainly true when it comes to on-site drainage!
Consistent monitoring and optimisation of your drainage system enhances workplace safety. As well as minimising the risk of burst pipes and collapsed drains, it can improve air quality too. When drains are left untouched for months at a time, grime and debris begin to build up. Although a total blockage may not happen just yet, it’s only a matter of time until it does.
While debris and bacteria sit in the drain, however, you may notice unpleasant odours emanating from sinks and plugholes. Understandably, employees may be quick to complain about having to work in this type of unpleasant environment.
With regular drainage maintenance, however, grime and debris don’t have a chance to build up. This reduces the risk of a blockage and helps to optimise the functionality of your drains. Crucially, it helps to keen them clean and prevents unpleasant odours from being a permanent fixture.
In addition, routine drainage maintenance enables you to highlight potential issues before they arise. If cracks begin to appear in pipework, for example, these can be identified with a commercial CCTV drainage survey. Without this maintenance, you may be unaware of cracked pipework until a visible leak occurs.
Instead of dealing with a collapsed pipe or flooding, you can simply opt for no-dig drain repairs. With minimal hassle, drain repairs can be carried out without impacting your business operations.
Responding to Drainage Emergencies
If you’re faced with a sudden emergency, you need to take action quickly. Employers, in particular, will need to act to protect workplace safety. If a sewage pipe leaks, for example, you may need to evacuate the workplace due to the risk of contamination.
Whenever a drainage emergency occurs, time is of the essence. The quicker you can access professional help, the sooner your employees can be back at their desks. However, quality is key too. In your haste to resolve drainage issues, don’t be tempted to call any old plumbing firm. It’s important to ensure that the drainage company you choose to work with has the experience, expertise and certifications to carry out the job.
Fortunately, you can combine top quality workmanship and super-fast response times when you call FS Drainage. Our drainage experts are available 24/7, 365 days of the year, so you can always access the expert help you need. With a 2-hour response time and commitment to first-time fix solutions, we’ll have your drainage system functional in no time.
By responding to a drainage emergency quickly, you can potentially prevent a whole host of workplace safety issues. A minor leak from a sink may be able to be mopped up and sanitised, for example. In contrast, a major leak could cause damage to equipment, air quality issues, damp and mould. It can take months for these issues to be fully rectified and your workplace safety regulations may prevent employees from entering the building until then.
To protect your business operations, it’s essential to have access to accredited drainage technicians and experienced engineers. If you want to learn more about our commercial drainage maintenance and emergency services, get in touch with the team on 0800 689 3497.
Workplace Safety Across Your Site
Depending on your workplace, your firm may be responsible for a large drainage network. If so, it isn’t just the internal drains you need to be aware of. A blockage further down the system could still wreak havoc on your company’s functionality and workplace safety.
Inspecting the site visually can alert you to problems. If exterior drains overflow in the rain, are visibly blocked or appear damaged, it’s time to contact our team. Of course, visual inspections may only alert you to problems once they arise.
By using our commercial CCTV drain surveys on a route basis, you can keep exterior drains functional. With specialist industrial tools, we can provide a variety of no-dig drain solutions and help to maintain your workplace safety.
Remember – your duties as an employer don’t end at the door. You are responsible for maintaining your site and land too. This means exterior damage or flooding is an important aspect of workplace safety. If you want to protect your business, you need to protect your employees and your premises.
Contact FS Drainage Now
If you operate a business, find out how we can help you to maintain a safe and operational environment now. From on-going maintenance, minor repairs and major works; our expert team are on hand to provide the professional drainage solutions you need.
Call FS Drainage now on 0800 689 3497 to find out more. Alternatively, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about our commercial drainage services today.