It’s not just about the free-flowing Prosecco and the array of festive jumpers; the Christmas party is a great opportunity for employers to thank to their workforce for all their hard work over the previous months and encourage some informal team bonding before the year ahead.
The Festive season can also be a great time to arrange a seasonal soiree for customers, thank them for their business and show them how much you value your commercial relationship.
But away from all the fun, the festive season also brings with it safety and security challenges and it’s important for both employers and building managers to be aware of the potential dangers and how they can protect both property and people.
Firstly, if a party or drinks reception is taking place within the workplace, it’s important to consider occupancy levels and how this impacts on safety. Fire safety specification is always based on maximum occupancy levels and you should not exceed these. It’s worth having a refresher of evacuation procedures before your party and ensuring that your alarm has been fully tested and maintained so that you’re confident it’s in full working order.
When it comes to security, it’s important to know who’s on your guest list, especially if you’re inviting partners, customers (and their partners) or even neighbouring businesses. A flexible access control system will help you zone off areas of your accommodation so that guests can move freely and feel welcome during your event without wandering into out of bounds locations.
CCTV can also be a useful tool during the party season. Not only does this allow you to monitor the building for any security threats or anti-social behaviour, it also means that any inappropriate behaviour can be evidenced and dealt with.
And if you’re lucky enough to have a car park for your building, CCTV linked to an automated gate, barrier or bollard system with ANPR functionality can enable you to pre-programme guests’ number plates into your security so that they can drive in easily and receive a slick and smooth welcome to your building.
Amidst all the sequins and sparkle of Christmas, turning your attentions to operational matters like safety and security may seem like a priority for another day but this is often the time when companies notice flaws in their security so it’s a great time to put it at the top of your resolutions list for the New Year.
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