Lighting is an important part to making sure your work environment is safe. From ensuring you are up to code or saving costs with occupancy lighting, there are many options that we can help you explore. Seattle’s growth has brought many new buildings and remodels as well as the need to bring long standing buildings up to code. We recommend finding a general contractor and electrician that work well together so that it is a smooth process for you.
This is just an overview as there are many things to consider based on your business and the building.
These are our top tips that are easy to implement:
- Ensure all emergency and exit lights are brought up to code standards.
- Install lighting along walkways and your parking lot. LED lighting can reduce energy costs greatly and are outside friendly.
- Give your employees a plan of what they need to do and where they need to go in the event of a power outage or natural disaster.
- Determine your policy on space heaters. While they are nice to have in the colder months, they are not safe if used incorrectly. You will want to maintain and inspect fuel-fired space heaters. As you write your policy consider that there should be at least 36 inches of clearance and make sure they are not in a place where employees could trip on the cord. We recommend that your policy requires the employee their supervisor if it is acceptable to have a space heater.
- Inform your employees about other safety hazards such as overloading outlets and not blocking entrances.
Hire an experienced electrician that will do a free inspection of your property and provide information about code standards. Check out these tips for getting the most of your electrical inspection.