Whether you’re running a business from the premises or looking at development opportunities, commercial property can be highly lucrative, but it also comes with a duty to ensure that the premises are safe and well maintained.
Commercial properties such as office blocks, shopping malls and entertainment centres experience high traffic of daily visitors, so the stakes are high when it comes to ensuring these environments are safe for people to use.
Relaxed health and safety attitudes are no longer acceptable today, and attention will always be drawn to the parties responsible for substandard health and safety conditions in the event of an accident or emergency.
As a commercial property landlord, or the person in charge of the health and safety of your property as stated in your lease agreement, you’ll want to make sure you’re completely up to date with current government legislation. Not only will this help keep your employees and any members of the public safe, but you must also be aware that neglecting to maintain fire and electrical safety issues could invalidate your insurance.
Health and safety
Health and safety duties are sometimes shared between tenants of commercial properties, especially in cases where multiple businesses rent space within a larger unit.
Commercial property owners should inform whoever is in charge of the premises of the necessary health and safety precautions for which they are responsible.
This includes regular fire alarm testing, maintenance of lifts and other facilities, and cleanliness. Any potential hazards or health risks should be controlled by a responsible individual.
If you’re concerned about health and safety issues with your commercial property, get in touch with Bright Contractors and we’ll happily make a full assessment of your premises.
Gas and electricity
Gas and electricity are usually the responsibility of a commercial property owner, and it’s important that licensed electricians and gas Safe engineers are employed to service the premises.
Commercial electrical contractors with the appropriate certifications can ensure that all the work is properly carried out. Gas Safe engineers and electrical contractors should be happy to provide you with gas and electrical safety certificates for you to display on site.
While your tenant will usually have the responsibility of fire safety procedures, according to the lease, you should include fire safety in any risk assessment you take on the property. This includes effective escape routes, fire equipment and emergency lighting.
Electrical contractors can perform regular scheduled checks for emergency lighting to ensure that pathways, staircases or walkways are effectively covered by sufficient lighting during emergencies.
Fire safety responsibilities:
- Carry out fire risk assessment and review it regularly
- Inform staff or office managers of the risks you’ve identified
- Establish appropriate fire safety measures
- Plan for emergencies
- Provide staff with information about escape routes and fire precaution training
Maintaining your insurance coverage
The best way to avoid invalidating your commercial property insurance is to perform regular scheduled checks on fire alarms, emergency lighting and any other safety requirements. You can do this with the help of reliable electrical contractors who employ licensed electricians and Gas Safe engineers.
If you are unsure about your responsibilities, or require assistance in keeping your property covered, seek assistance from a reliable contractor.
At Bright Contractors, we offer our clients a fully comprehensive service and help them meet government regulations, while keeping their commercial property insurance valid. Whether it’s gas, electric or lighting, we are experts at keeping commercial spaces safe for businesses and customers to use.
If you’d like to learn more, or want to arrange regular scheduled fire and emergency lighting checks, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Bright Contractors.