Buildings are more than bricks and mortar.

If you run a business from one they’re a vital asset where people do their jobs. They are the focal point for your business. They are gateways for customers to your business.

Making sure they are properly safeguarded not only keeps your business running but there are also responsibilities under law for people who look after them.

Breaching those responsibilities can carry many penalties including prison sentences up to 18 years for those convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in a workplace setting.

Responsibilities include the health and safety of tenants, employees, customers and contractors – basically anyone who works in/on, or visits the premises.

There are a number of things you can do to keep on the right side of the law.

Making Regular Checks – this makes sure maintenance is kept up to date and tasks are done, and done properly. Speaking to staff and seeing what they think is also essential, after all, they see it every day and are best placed to spot any issues that need sorting.

Legals – making sure you’re up to date with the latest legislation in key areas is essential. This includes asbestos, electricity, gas safety, installing the right safety equipment and many more.

Maintaining a safe environment – slips and trips are the most common forms of accidents in the UK. Ensuring that floors and stairways in your premises are kept clear and clean, and that adequate lighting is maintained at all times, is therefore essential.

Insurance – it goes without saying you need the right kind of protection in place. You need to do everything you can to safeguard the buildings you look after but when all else fails, insurance is that vital safety net.

If you want to know more about insurance get in touch with one of our award-winning team.