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Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations

In our previous blog post we looked at the Health and Safety at Work Act and how a thorough understanding of regulations can help businesses to protect their employees. However, there is more to Health and Safety provisions than just understanding the rules. You also need to know how to put them into practice – which is where the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations come into play

How To Manage Health And Safety In The Workplace

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations were introduced in 1993 in addition to the Health and Safety at Work Act. They require that employees review and manage potential risks to their employees and anyone else that might be visiting the premises.

Risk Assessments

The key area that these regulations deal with is the importance of risk assessments. This means identifying any potential risks to employees and the general public and if a business has more than five employees, recording the findings in a report.

The first stage of a risk assessment is to identify potential hazards by looking at activities that take place in your workplace and talking to employees. Hazards can be caused by a number of different scenarios, for example by dangerous machinery or chemicals, repetitive actions or because of the layout of your workspace.

After identifying risks, you need to consider who might be harmed and how – for example, a visitor to the site who might be unaware of safety procedures around dangerous machinery.

A risk assessment should include details of any potential hazards, who they might affect, how likely it is to happen and what precautions can be taken to prevent accidents from occurring, including avoiding risk all together (by using machinery to avoid heavy lifting, or using mezzanine floor to increase working space for employees, for example). Any existing precautions should also be evaluated for their effectiveness.

Record

The next step is to record your findings in a written report, detailing in particular the details of equipment being used, processes being assessed, potential hazards, the people who could be at risk from those hazards and the perceived level of risk of an incident occurring.

It’s important that you regularly undertake risk assessments, as an old risk assessment might not reflect changes to your business practices and the circumstances of your employees.

Health Checks

Health checks should also be carried out on any employees who are exposed to hazardous conditions, such as noisy machinery, unsafe chemicals or fumes and a risk assessment should help you to decide whether you need to provide employees with more protection.

Mezzanine floors can help you to increase the space available to you for safe working and they can be fitted with various safety features to help you protect your employees. For more information or to discuss your needs call us +44 (0)1730 237 190.

 

Health and Safety at Work Act – What You Need to Know

Warehouses and storage spaces can be dangerous places without proper Health and Safety protocol. In these kinds of environments trips, slips and manual handling injuries are most common and can leave businesses short on staff and out of pocket. Understanding Health and Safety standards can play a key role in helping to protect employees, but what exactly should business owners know?

What Is The Health & Safety at Work Act?

The aim of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) is to secure the health and safety of employees and the public from risks that are posed by the workplace.

What Are The Key Points?

The Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to have a ‘General Duty of Care’ which means that they must oversee the health, safety and welfare of their workers as much as they can or is deemed practical.

They must also take steps to correctly manage health and safety measures, this means regularly reviewing practices and ensuring that some kind of written policy is in place if five or more staff members are employed. Records must also be kept to oversee health of workers.

When it comes to delegating health and safety responsibilities to staff, the employer must make sure that they are competent enough – and this means hiring employees with relevant qualifications.

Another key point that we featured in our latest article; ‘A guide to Health and Safety in the workplace’ (link to pillar #3) was the importance of risk assessments. A successful risk assessment identifies any potential dangers in the workplace that might be encountered by employees, looks at how likely there is to be an incident and puts appropriate controls in place to prevent them from happening.  Where possible, risks should be avoided all together and another way of doing the task needs to be found (for example palletising materials so they can be moved with a fork-lift truck).

Employees must be given sufficient training and instructions for their daily tasks in order to protect their health and their safety, and they must also be supervised whilst doing so.

Extra caution should be taken for dealing with hazardous substances and a risk assessment should be made for any substances which are deemed to be harmful.

It’s also important that workplaces are maintained to a high standard, this means protecting safe access to the building as well as things like safe lighting and ventilation.

In the event of an emergency there must be first aid facilities provided an fire fightingequipment must also be provided.

Finally, it is also required that employers record any workplace injuries that occur on site and that insurance is in place to provide employees with sufficient compensation should an accident result in a serious injury.

It’s important that a business’s working practice coincide with good Health and Safety protocols. Here at Hi-Level Mezzanine floors we provide mezzanine flooring with a variety of safety features, such as handrails and edge protection which can help to protect your employees whilst they go about their work. For more information, or to discuss your particular needs call us on +44 (0)1730 237 190.

 

A Guide To Health And Safety In The Workplace

The importance of maintaining Health and Safety protocol in a warehouse or distribution centre cannot be underestimated. The kinds of activities that take place in these environments can create various types of hazards and risks to employees; however, possessing a well-rounded understanding of preventative measures and practices can certainly help in minimizing the risk.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Injuries?

In warehouses and storage environments the most common injuries to workers are caused by slipping or tripping, closely followed by being injured by falls, falling objects and by manual handling.

Preventing Slips And Trips

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that slips and trips cost businesses around £500 million each year and advise that workers and employers follow a “Don’t just see it, sort it” motto. This means that they should endeavour to report any potential hazards and employers must arrange for them to be dealt with.

There are, however, some practical ways that you can avoid slips and trips in the work place from happening in the first place, for example by ensuring that your employees wear appropriate footwear that is well-fitted, suitable for the environment and slip-resistant.
Working environments should be kept clean and clear of obstructions and all spillages should be reported promptly. It is also important that the types of flooring, lighting and materials used in your workspace are fit for their purpose. You should consult with an expert as to the best materials to use.
Lastly, you should remember to include trips and slips in your risk assessment so that you can put effective measures in place.

Preventing Injuries Caused By Manual Handling

Every year, over 3,000 cases of handling injuries are reported – many of which could be avoided through better planning.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992) require all employers to reduce the need for harmful manual handling tasks and make adjustments to reduce the risk of injury if the task cannot be avoided.
For example it might be necessary to palletise items for storage so that they can be moved with a fork-lift truck rather than manually handled, or a portable conveyor might be installed to transport materials across a building rather than having to manually move them.

Preventing Injuries Caused By Falls From A Height

Another key cause of injuries at work is brought about by employees working at a height. As with manual handling, where possible this kind of work should be avoided but if it cannot then it must be well planned, supervised and carried out sensibly.
Mezzanine floors, for example, can be installed with handrails and edge protection to protect employees from falls and also from any falling objects.

What Is The Health & Safety At Work Act?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is an important piece of legislation that aims to secure the health and safety of employees and the public from risks in the workplace by ensuring that employers adhere to certain health and safety guidelines.
Under the law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. If employees are going to conduct their day to day duties on mezzanine flooring, for example, then it is important that an employer considers any potential risks or possible threats to their welfare and then takes steps to prevent them from happening.

The act also instructs that employers must adhere to the following:
• Adequate welfare provisions for staff at work
• Adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety
• Safe use, handling and storage of dangerous chemicals or substances
• Ensure safe entry and exit of the workplace
• Safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, plant and systems
In short, employers are given a duty “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all of its employees. However, this duty extends to employees too who also have a responsibility for keeping themselves and their colleagues safe by following health and safety guidelines provided to them during training.

How To Manage Health And Safety

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations require that employers review and manage potential risks to their employees and anyone else at work. This means conducting risk assessments, planning for emergencies, training employees and sometimes health surveillance.

Employees also have a responsibility to adhere to the training and instructions given and should notify their employer if they feel there is any danger that is not being addressed.
When a business has a visit from a Health and Safety inspector, they will want to know what procedures are in place to prevent accidents, how well trained your employees are and what procedures you have in place in the event of an incident.

Risk Assessments

The Health and Safety Act requires employers to manage potential risks in the workplace. This means understanding any potential threats to their employees or the general public and finding ways to put measures in place that will stop them from happening. This usually comes in the form of a risk assessment.

Risk assessments should take place regularly, as the way that businesses operate, the tools that they use and other changing factors could mean that an old risk assessment can quickly become outdated.
The first part of performing a risk assessment is identifying any potential hazards, for example a sharp tool that could pierce the skin or a chemical that could be harmful if it is breathed in.
Next the people who might be harmed by the tools must be identified, for example a particular group of staff.

Then you must decide upon how likely the risk is and what precautions (if any) you can put in place. In this case it could be by wearing protective gloves to keep staff member’s hands safe or protective masks to avoid inhaling chemicals.

Finally, this should all be recorded and then put into action, with regular reviews to make any necessary changes.

Health And Safety Policy In The Workplace

It is important that an employer has a clear Health and Safety policy for both themselves and their employees to refer to. A good Health and Safety policy will begin with a clear statement of intent, which sums up the organisation’s commitment to providing safe working conditions and meeting their obligations such as training. Next it should detail who is responsible for the different aspects of Health and Safety throughout the organisation. It should include information about how risks will be assessed, precautions that need to be taken around the workplace and how accidents will be reported. It should also detail fire safety and first aid arrangements, such as fire drill procedures and who is responsible for them. An employer should endeavour to make sure that all workers are aware of the policy and understand it fully.

Putting A Plan Into Action

Creating a Health and Safety policy is only one step toward managing Health and Safety, and the plan is no use if it is not put into action. One good way to promote Health and Safety standards is to allocate specific responsibilities to members of staff, so that they have a role to play. For example, allowing a junior member of staff to be responsible for making sure aisles are clear and nothing is left blocking them throughout the day. Standards can play a big role in helping to keep the workplace safe, so you should identify what safety standards you deem to be realistic.

Employers must make sure that staff members with responsibilities are aware of what they might encounter, how to deal with any incidents, how to record them and most importantly, how to prevent them from happening at all – if possible.

How Does Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) Affect Me?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1999 or PUWER for short, refers to the regulation of equipment and machinery that is used in the workplace. It is a piece of legislation which aims to make sure that equipment and machinery is safe to use and that its use does not result in the harm of their operator.

It applies to anyone who uses or controls equipment, even if they are self-employed or a non-profit business.

PUWER ensures that machinery that is used is:
• Suitable for its intended job or purpose
• Receives regular maintenance
• Inspected by a trained member of staff
• Only operated by trained individuals
The regulations require that equipment is tested every 6-12 months by a competent individual and if necessary that it is adapted in some way to make it safer to use.
Once again, it is important that a risk assessment is carried out detailing risks and ways in which they can be reduced or eliminated.

Securing A Mezzanine Floor

When it comes to mezzanine flooring, it’s important that business owners look at ways that they can keep things safe for their workers. Mezzanine floors are a fantastic way to maximise the space in a warehouse, retail or other kind of unit but without the proper planning and advice it can be easy for businesses to fall short of their obligations.

As a minimum, mezzanine flooring should be fitted with handrails and edge protection
Hi-Level’s unique edge-protection system provides a functional and neat solution that integrates both a handrail and toe-plate together in one and is powder coated to give a durable finish with excellent gloss retention.

This kind of preventative measure can stop staff from injuring themselves while working at a height and prevent any important products or machinery from being damaged by a fall. Mesh panels could also be used to stop smaller objects from falling over the sides. Pallet gates are ideal for protecting staff from open areas, for example when loading pallets.

Mezzanine floors offer a perfect opportunity to maximise space for your business without the need for relocation. They can be designed with a number of safety features which make looking after your workers a priority. For more information or to discuss your needs call us on +44 (0)1730 237 190.

 

 

Installing A Mezzanine Floor With Minimum Fuss

For a busy distribution centre or manufacturing plant the idea of pausing business operations to move to new premises can be a daunting one. However, rather than moving into a new space it can make much more sense, both financially and commercially, to stay where you are.

Installation of a mezzanine floor doesn’t have to take a long time either. By choosing a company with in-house experts like Hi-Level Mezzanines who understand how your business works you can go from quote to installation with minimum fuss. Site safety should be always a primary focus during installation so it is important that your installation team follow appropriate protocols.

Once approval is given, manufacturing can commence. Parts are then ordered and delivered to the site in time to begin erecting your mezzanine floor. Final checks are then made and then the site is left clean and tidy ready for your work to recommence. All in all a far speedier alternative compared to selling your property and relocating elsewhere.

If you’re thinking about installing a mezzanine floor you want to be confident that you have the right people for the job. Hi Level installations are carried out through a network of specialist, locally based teams who are both experienced and qualified in the handling and build of mezzanine floors.

For more information about installing a mezzanine floor, call us on 01730 233223

The Process Of Building A Mezzanine Floor

Developing your existing business site doesn’t have to take a lifetime. Whether you need space to accommodate more stock, improve productivity or house assembly lines – a mezzanine floor provides a cost effective and fast solution.

Rather than enduring the costly and time consuming experience of uprooting from your current premises and finding somewhere new, the process of installing a mezzanine floor is relatively stress-free. Instead of dealing with a number of estate agents, solicitors and other points of contact – any client that has a Hi-Level Mezzanine floor installed will benefit from having a single point of contact throughout the whole process and will benefit from well trained, experienced advisers throughout.

Design

Mezzanine floors come in all shapes and sizes and serve a number of different purposes, but one thing they need to share in common is a well-planned design and fabricated in accordance with CE Marking.  Attention to detail is important and as such all of our floors are designed by Chartered Engineers. Our in-house designed computer system can assess all requirements and produce the most efficient floor design possible which can then be turned into detailed CAD drawings. All of our floors meet requirements for building regulations

Features

Under the law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. If employees are going to conduct their day to day duties on mezzanine flooring then it is important that an employer considers any potential risks or possible threats to their welfare. One such preventative measure that can be put in place is the use of edge protection. Protective handrails are required on all exposed edges of mezzanine floors; this protects staff from injuring themselves while working at a height and also stops any important products or machinery from being damaged by a fall. Mesh panels may also help prevent smaller items from falling over the sides.

Of course, safety isn’t the only reason to make adjustments to mezzanine flooring. A business might wish to make adjustments for visual reasons too.

If a business wants to make a big impression then company colours can be added to any ancillary items such as staircases, handrail and pallet gates which are powder coated to give a high corrosion resistance.  This is often important in retail environments where a brand image is of high importance.

As expected with a raised floor that makes the most of unused vertical space, staircases and handrails are integral. It is important to consider what kind of staircase would best fit the needs of a specific business as an industrial environment would require a very different design and finish to that of the staircase of a retail environment.

Pallet gates come in three different designs; either light weight, fail-safe roll-over , ‘sliding trombone’ type or a swing gate.  They are ideal for protecting staff from open areas, for example when they are loading standard size pallets. Pallet gates are robust and require very little maintenance.

When it comes to the decking of a mezzanine floor there are a variety of options but particle board, durbar plate and forge-welded gratings are among the most popular types of flooring available and suit all kinds of industries.

38mm Particle Board

38mm particle board is the most popular. It is a high density board and may come with optional moisture resistant, wear resistant and non-slip surface features. Moisture resistance may be particularly important for warehouses that suffer from leaks or spills.

Durbar Plate

Durbar plate is a hot-rolled structural steel floor plate that has an evenly distributed rand raised pattern. It copes well with heavy loads and the textured nature of the raised patterns give it extra grip.

Forge-Welded Gratings

For plant platforms, gangways and transfer aisles, forge-welded gratings are often a good choice.

Planning Permission And Building Regulations

Mezzanine floors are generally immune to planning permission as long as any proposed changes are internal and each floor is less than 200m². However, they do need to meet building regulations, so it is important that a supplier takes full responsibility to ensure that the mezzanine flooring meets with current regulations – fire escapes, disabled access, protection from fire, etc.

Building regulations require that any elevated areas within a warehouse, such as mezzanine floors require an ‘ambulant disabled staircase’. These staircases have specific requirements relating to tread, size of steps, landings and handrails and as such it is advised to consult a specialist to ensure a staircase meets the necessary legal requirements.

Fire safety plays a big part in the construction of a mezzanine floor.  It aims to slow the spread of fire and maintain structural integrity so as to allow enough time for employees to escape and fire fighters to rescue anyone trapped or in need of assistance. Fire protection can be achieved through a number of methods which can give early warning, prevent fire and slow its growth, such as:

  • Suspended ceilings
  • Column casings
  • Cavity barriers
  • Bulkheads / fascias
  • Staircase enclosures
  • Fire walls
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Smoke detection systems

Quality Standards

Production management systems – like Hi-level’s iQD, ensure that the most efficient design is produced based on a business’s unique set of requirements. It creates fast CAD draughting, details output and puts together accurate production scheduling based on manufacturing and installation team availability as well as working from current steel prices to give an accurate quote to a customer.

Installation Process

The process of installing a mezzanine floor doesn’t need to be lengthy and by choosing a company with in-house experts a business can have a speedy transition from quote to installation with a minimum of fuss.

During the first stages, site surveys and inspections are conducted and qualified-surveyors will look over the potential site to understand its requirements. A computerised production management system is then used to produce accurate quotations, production schedules, management information, detailed CAD drawings, materials procurement, manufacturing drawings and installation scheduling.

Once all schedules, quotes and design plans are agreed upon the installation team who will install the mezzanine flooring will then be booked.

After clearance is given in relation to building regulations, manufacturing will commence. Once the parts are ordered and produced they are delivered to the site in time for the installation teams to erect the full structure. Final ‘snagging’ concludes the installation with any necessary tweaks and changes before customer satisfaction forms are signed and the site is left clean and tidy ready for work to recommence.

For more information about installing a mezzanine floor, call us on 01730 233223

For other uses of mezzanine floors, please have a read of our guide to the uses of a mezzanine floor

Another Level: The Many Different Uses Of A Mezzanine Floor

It’s a great feeling when your business starts to take off. Often though, managing a rapidly expanding business can be even more of a challenge than rescuing a failing one. So, what’s the best way to adapt your services to meet growing demand and how best can you optimize the space that you already own?

Maybe you’ve outgrown your current premises and need to find a way to expand your storage capacity, or maybe you need to make room for heavy duty conveyor systems to speed up your operations? Would meeting rooms and offices help to improve your business relations or are you struggling to find a way to display all of your stock at your retail outlet?

The usual answer to these problems is to look for alternative accommodation, but this process can be both long and laborious.

Property can be expensive, hard to come by and you might not yet be in the position to take a gamble on purchasing larger premises. Not to mention that you’re current trading place might be conveniently placed and well known by your staff and your clients. For some businesses a move just doesn’t make sense, so what alternatives are there available?

A less costly and more time efficient alternative can be to stay put and begin to transform the premises that you already call home.

In this article we will detail the many different ways in which a Mezzanine floor could ease your growing pains, transforming your office or warehouse and ultimately saving you time, space and money.

 

What Exactly Is A Mezzanine Floor?

 

A Mezzanine floor is a raised platform between the floor and ceiling of a building. They come in all shapes and sizes and aim to maximize the use of so-called vertical space. They provide additional room above and below and can be built free of existing structures.

Mezzanines are usually constructed from steel, aluminum or fiberglass and can be tailored to suit their settings. They are made up of beams, purlins, columns and decking, although handrails, pallet gates and staircases are common accessories, sometimes also added to Mezzanines.

Mezzanines are always custom-made, manufactured from detailed drawings and tailored to the needs and specifications of clients.

Building the steel frames which supports a Mezzanine takes a degree of skill and although some companies outsource their engineering, others choose to employ in house engineers – reducing the overall cost to their customers and keeping their prices competitive.

 

Automation & Handling Of Materials

In large premises, it’s important to make the most of every bit of available space. One of the most commonly wasted areas, which can be easily adapted and put to great use, is right above our heads.
The addition of a single multi-layered mezzanine floor can accommodate conveyor systems, whilst other floors can be used to store, manage and dispatch products.

The considerable weight of conveyor systems and heavy machinery can place a lot of strain on conventional materials, but mezzanines made of the finest structural steel are easily capable of withstanding heavier loads.

Access walkways, maintenance support platforms and other bespoke requirements are also sometimes incorporated into the mezzanine design when required, and handrails can be aligned to match corporate colour schemes.

 

 

Warehousing & Distribution

Although busy periods are normally something to savior, for a distribution centre or warehouse, high demand can see a normally well-run depot erupt into relative chaos.

Many depots and warehouses have particularly busy times of year and when the going gets tough it’s easy for mistakes to happen. Some estimates suggest that one processing mistake early on can cause up to ten problems further down the line.

This is why it is so important to be well organized. A lack of storage, coupled with an increase in incoming and outgoing deliveries can result in a breakdown of usual methods and cause low performance from your employees.

A properly designed warehouse, that utilizes vertical space to store stock can solve these issues and will make way for a more streamlined operation. Employees will know where to find what they need and incoming and outgoing deliveries can be quickly sorted reducing delivery times and improving your client’s satisfaction.

Recycling processes, organized schedules and inventories can also be helpful in cutting out errors and improving productivity during those busier times of year. But in the long term a more permanent solution might be needed.

If you are in the business of storage or distribution then, once-again, a mezzanine could be a great solution. By utilising vertical space, you can expand the capacity of your warehouse without the need for expensive expansions or the purchase/rental of new property.

 

Retail

Image counts for everything in retail. Retail outlets spend millions on advertising and branding every year in an effort to convince shoppers to come in their stores. Nothing is more appealing than a well stocked shop.

The moment a customer walks through your doors they are subconsciously forming their buying decisions. Factors like music, cleanliness and good lighting all contribute to that first impression, but having a well stocked shop can be the difference between customers staying to look around your shop or looking elsewhere.

Mezzanines are especially popular in retail; as it can be particularly difficult to find a building that structurally supports all the needs of a retail outlet.

Mezzanines can be adapted to the needs of the buyer and prove popular among retailers for this reason. With the rental price of property so expensive and the small chances of finding a building that is suitable and within most growing companies price ranges, Mezzanines can be a great solution.
Mezzanines can be adapted to suit the needs of a business and indeed buildings that would otherwise be unsuitable for use as a retail store can be transformed with multiple levels and commercially suitable fittings.

A Mezzanine can offer a host of different possibilities to a retail store. From extra space for stock or a dedicated customer service area, a new department or a café, the possibilities are limitless.
As with any business, loss of earnings is always a concern which is why it is important to hire an experienced Mezzanine contractor, ensuring that disruption is kept at a bare minimum.

 

 

Office & Storage

It’s important to look your best to clients and if your warehouse or depot doesn’t have the suitable space to conduct formal business duties then you may find yourself conducting meetings in coffee shops and hotels and outsourcing office duties that you don’t have space to complete.

Significantly cheaper than solid build alternatives, mezzanines are ever increasingly becoming the go-to solution for businesses looking to expand their warehouses with offices and meeting rooms.
An office space can create a space for you to make phone calls, complete paperwork and invite clients and visitors inside for those all-important meetings.

Offices can be designed to match up with company colour schemes and furnishings like carpets, windows, doors, highly attractive handrails made in mild steel and finished in stainless steel can also be purchased to suit modern tastes.

Mezzanines can help transform your work space into a functional, attractive environment.

 

 

Production & Manufacturing

Businesses that aim to grow will look to drive productivity and get the most out of existing premises. This is why Mezzanine flooring is proving popular with companies in production and the manufacturing industries.

When you’re trying to accommodate an entire production or assembly line, weight can be critical. This is why it’s important to choose Mezzanines made of strong structural steel that will easily endure heavy loads and stand the test of time.

Often production and manufacturing plants will have a large amount of staff, sometimes working long-shifts and taking several breaks. With so many staff coming and going it is important not to disturb workers who may be involved in highly-detailed and repetitive tasks. Mezzanine can be used to build walkways which follow the route of the building, enabling persons to travel from end to end with minimal disruption of hard-at-work staff.

 

 

What Is The Installation Process?

Compared to the relocation process, the process of installing Mezzanine flooring can be rapid. The following is a brief idea of the installation process.

From initial quotation through to installation, projects should be managed by a single project manager, ensuring that you have a single point of contact throughout.

All team members should operate to appropriate site safety protocols and be monitored by a health and safety consultant.

Site surveys and inspections should then follow within a week of orders being placed and your site surveyed to ensure your project manager understands your requirements and needs.

Next, detailed drawings will be produced and a schedule for production will be penned. Installation teams will be booked and your contractor will make sure all plans match up with existing building regulations.
Once your plans are approved, the mezzanine will be manufactured to your requirements and delivered to your site where the installation team will begin the quick assembly process.

Once you are happy with the process a final customer satisfaction form will be signed and the site will be cleared and left tidy.

 

 

Fire Proofing

Costly rental and land purchase costs have resulted in an increase in the construction of mezzanine floors. Although Mezzanines do not usually require planning permission, fire safety is still an important factor to consider.

The purpose of fire protection is to slow the spread of fire, maintain structural integrity long enough to allow safe exit by employees and allow entry to fire fighters should a person or persons need rescuing.
Fire protection can be achieved by using suspended ceilings supported by column casings. Cavity barriers, bulkheads/fascias, staircase enclosures to reduce the spread of fire, fire walls, sprinkler systems and smoke detection systems can be used so that a fire can be dealt with straight away.

Fire rating your mezzanine floor or incorporating fire protection into your office design is governed by Building Regulations, and is based upon a number of factors of which an experienced mezzanine specialist can advise you.

 

 

Extra Features
The standard parts of a Mezzanine include beams and decking but dependent on the situation and needs of the client; they can be adapted to include a number of accessories:

Edge Protection System
As with any work that takes place above the ground, accidents must be prevented. An edge protection system ensures that your employees are safe when working at a height.

Powder Coated Finish

Powder coated finishes provide high corrosion resistance, optimum mechanical properties and excellent gloss retention. A great choice to brighten up a drab workplace.

Staircases
Staircases can be integrated into Mezzanine flooring, company colours can be added to match and highly durable coated finishes can also be added to create a glossy effect.

Pallet Gates
Pallet gates can be integrated into the mezzanine build; there is a variety of choices from swing gates to up and over safety gates and sliding gates.

For further information on how a Mezzanine Floor could benefit your business please contact us on +44 (0)1730 237 190

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