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6 Ways to Design for Employee Health & Safety in the Workplace

By Andrew Stephens on Mar 30, 2021 9:08:05 AM

Did you know the average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? With so much time spent at the workplace, employees need a work environment that doesn't compromise their health or safety, especially in a post-COVID world

Whether it's a worksite with heavy machinery or equipment or an office with desks and chairs, potential safety hazards can exist anywhere, which is why employee health and safety should be a top priority when designing your workspace. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we're here to help you make sense of all the health and safety regulations, both federal and statewide, and walk you through the entire design process, step-by-step. 

In this article, we'll take a look at six ways you can design for employee health and safety in the workplace, as well as how your employees can benefit from a safe, productive work environment that puts their needs above everything else. 

6 Ways to Design for employee health and safety

1. Make Employee Health and Safety a top priority 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states office safety as an obligation and requires that all employers provide an office environment free from hazards. 

Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to create a safe workplace for your employees to be highly engaged and productive. The first step is designing a well-laid office space with ample walkways. 

Lighting, for example, is also important. Poorly lit rooms or flickering bulbs can contribute to poor health and an increased risk of accidents, while a workspace with ample lighting can prevent eye strain and help people avoid trips or falls. 

In addition, employees must be able to evacuate the building safely and in plenty of time in case of a fire. Fire alarms and extinguishers should be placed in key areas, and fire exits need to be placed throughout the building with no obstructions. 

Anti-slip flooring materials, like hardwood or carpet, can help eliminate trip hazards, especially in very high traffic areas. Walk-off mats located at building entrances and stairwells can also eliminate slipping caused by wet shoes. 

Design Considerations

  • Place fire extinguishers and fire alarms in areas storing flammable goods or combustibles and fire doors throughout the building so employees can evacuate safely
  • Provide storage for modular furniture solutions, like stackable chairs and folding tables, so employees can avoid obstacles in the middle of important pathways
  • Install modular glass walls and situate furniture to provide natural lighting and optimize the amount of lighting your office receives 
  • Select appropriate anti-slip flooring materials for high-traffic areas, especially stairwells, hallways and entrances 

2. Use digital signage to share Visual Safety Aids & emergency alerts 

Whether it's a natural disaster, active shooter situation or any other life-threatening scenario, it's absolutely critical to provide clear communication and simple directions to protect your employees, prevent them from panicking and make sure they get out safely. 

Topics: Workplace Safety
3 min read

What is an Egyptian Business Product Audit & How Does it Work?

By Andrew Stephens on Feb 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Are you unhappy with your current office supply vendor? Or do you want to make sure you're getting the best price possible on all the products you need to efficiently (and successfully) run your business?  

Topics: Business Products
5 min read

What is Vendor Consolidation? (6 Benefits for Your Business in 2021)

By Andrew Stephens on Feb 5, 2021 8:46:41 AM

Are you constantly spending time ordering supplies for your business? Do you find yourself ordering from multiple websites or shopping at wholesale clubs to source all the products you need to keep your business running?

Topics: Vendor Consolidation
4 min read

What to Look for in Your Office Supply Vendor (8 Questions to Ask)

By Andrew Stephens on Jan 22, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Are you a business owner wanting to reduce your office supply costs or consolidate vendors? Or are you just looking for ways to save time procuring supplies, so you don’t have to waste time looking for everything you need at a local wholesale club?    

Finding the right vendor to help reduce your office supply costs isn't a difficult task, but it can be overwhelming if you're unsure of the questions you need to ask or where to begin in your search. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know how confusing (and time-consuming) it can be to choose a new office supply vendor, which is why we're here to guide you and help you understand what you should be looking for in a supplier. 

In this article, we'll take a look at the eight essential questions you need to ask before choosing a new office supply vendor, so you can find a partner who can meet all your needs and help you run your business successfully.  

How to choose an office supply vendor: 8 questions to ask

1. Do They have All the Products You Need to Run Your Business?

When you're evaluating potential vendors to single source all your business product needs, it's absolutely vital that your vendor has everything you need to operate your business successfully. In fact, having one supplier for as many products as possible should be your goal. 

Topics: Business Products
3 min read

Why are Invoices Important for an Egyptian Business Product Audit?

By Andrew Stephens on Jan 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Do you feel pressure to reduce costs and save time ordering everyday essentials? Whether you’re in charge of buying supplies for a four-person office or a fortune 500 company, your goal is usually the same: to help reduce overall supply costs for your business.

Topics: Business Products Facility Products
5 min read

Rock Salt vs. Ice Melt: Which is Best for Your Business in 2021?

By Andrew Stephens on Dec 1, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Snow may be beautiful, light and fluffy, but it can also pose a serious threat to your employees and customers and wreak havoc on your parking lots or driveways, especially  when combined with ice.

In the snowy winter months, it's absolutely crucial that you stock up on products to get rid of snow and ice. But, with so many de-icing products on the market, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options.  

By far, the most popular de-icing products are rock salt and ice melt. Both are used to melt ice, but they're two very different products with distinct chemical compositions that work differently. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, our goal is to provide our clients with a safe and stress-free winter, which we can accomplish by helping you find the best de-icing solutions and winter safety supplies for your business.

In this article, we'll help you understand how rock salt and ice melt are different, as well as how they compare in certain categories, so you can stock up on the de-icing supplies you need before winter arrives.

Rock Salt vs. Ice Melt: How Are They Different? 

What is Rock Salt?

Otherwise known as halite, rock salt is the chemical composition of sodium chloride. It's essentially the same thing as table salt, but it's not purified for human consumption. 

Topics: Cloud Computing Facility Products
3 min read

2021 Scott Pro Dispenser System Review (Features, Pros, & Cons)

By Andrew Stephens on Jun 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Towel dispensers are essential to every room in your office building. Whether you use proprietary or universal dispensers, they need to protect your paper towels, promote proper hygiene, and adapt to your needs as a changing business. 

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Reviews Facility Products
2 min read

2021 Boardwalk Hands-Free Mechanical Towel Dispenser Review

By Andrew Stephens on Jun 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

All paper towel dispensers are the same, right? Well, not really. From the customization options to the lifetime cost savings, the difference between proprietary and universal dispensers may surprise you. 

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Reviews Facility Products
4 min read

Proprietary vs. Universal Towel Dispensers: An Honest Comparison

By Andrew Stephens on Jun 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you in need of new towel dispensers for your restroom facilities? From the initial installation costs to the quality of the towels it uses, the dispenser you choose can significantly impact your overall restroom expenses.

Topics: Comparisons Restroom Dispensers Facility Products
3 min read

How to Calculate the Cost of Hand Soap

By Andrew Stephens on Dec 12, 2019 9:51:54 AM

Want to Save Your Business Money? Start With Restroom Supplies & Calculate What You Should Be Paying For Soap

Wasted and unused products for facility maintenance are wasted money. Pennies add up and your business shouldn’t have to lose them to something as manageable as the cost of soap.

Topics: Restroom Dispensers What does it cost? Facility Products