Winter was always a funny one when I worked in an office.
I’m a super cold person, you see, and when the temperature plummets I turn into a misery guts. At home that’s fine – I can crank the thermostat up to 22 degrees and everyone (i.e. ME!) is happy. Yes, I’m fully aware that 22 degrees (ok ok more like 24) is practically a tropical temperature but I’m just generally cold. A potential direct descendent of Edward Cullen, perhaps.
This is all fine and good now I work from home alone, but can you imagine this situation if you work in an office? The temperatures start plummeting, there’s frost on the ground… so far so good. This is, after all, what happens in winter. We all know to get up five minutes earlier so we can defrost our car windscreens and warm our interiors pre-commute, but what about when we get to the office?
Just try and knock your work thermostat up to 24 and see how many people complain: I’ve tried it, and apparently the Swedish sauna vibe isn’t what most people go for in an office environment ;)
This is just one health and safety concern in the workplace, but there are tons more. As I’m hoping to open my own new office very soon I’ve been learning as much as I can about the issues that will now no longer just affect me, but people who work for me too. And it’s a minefield!
Thanks to The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), there are wide-ranging duties that employers must by law undertake when it comes to safety in the workplace. They must protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees, as well as others on their premises, including temps, casual workers, the self-employed, clients, visitors and the general public.
That’s a lot of people!
I’ve been wondering the best possible way I can cover all bases when it comes to learning about this contentious subject of safety in the workplace, and I’m delighted to have discovered NEBOSH Certificate Courses. Covering literally everything you ever wanted to know about safety in the workplace (and probably loads more), this is your – and my – place to go to learn all about how to keep everyone happy at work during the winter (and beyond!)
From knowing the height of chairs to the posture you should use when typing, to advice on footrests, the temperature of the office (yay) and both kitchen and toilet facilities – this course has it all. Just a few short days of learning and you’ll be taking care of your new employees like a boss – just like me.