How To Improve The Safety Of Your Staff Car Park

Monday 8th March 2021

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How to improve the safety of your staff car park

Did you know? Employers are not legally required to provide parking for their staff

Whilst employers are not legally obligated to provide parking for their staff, most employers view it a crucial aspect of working life.

Designed correctly, staff car parks can boost efficiency and employee morale. However, mismanagement can create issues for both your workforce and your business as a whole.

You should aim to optimise your car park to run smoothly. To do this, you must review factors such as the location of your office and the proposed capacity of the car park.

Benefits of having a staff car park

The benefits of a staff car park are infinite. 

The shorter the distance your employees have to walk from their car to the office building, the less likely they are to be late for work. This means they’ll be able to relax knowing that there is parking available right next to their office, which will give you – their employer – the peace of mind that your staff will begin work promptly each morning.

Providing your staff with the convenience of quicker access also shows that you are dedicated to improving their wellbeing at work. If your employees feel valued and appreciated, they will be more willing to work hard, boosting productivity. 

Ensuring your staff feel happy at work is an essential part of running a business. Employee motivation is the key to maximising efficiency. 

Dangers of an unsafe car park

Most employers would agree that the advantages outweigh the drawbacks, however, it’s important to be aware of the risks involved. 

Over time, your staff and other drivers using the car park may become careless. This is when incidents arise. 

In order to avoid accidents, you must enforce a set of rules. A lack of informative signs may lead individuals to believe that there are no rules, resulting in illegal behaviour such as speeding. 

How to promote safety

Misconduct can easily be avoided with the implementation of penalties. 

In addition to signposts, you may require staff to enforce the rules during peak hours. For small-to-medium businesses, an in-house member of staff should work fine. However, larger firms may need to hire a contracted car park management service to supervise the grounds. 

Make sure to display clear speed limits upon entry to the site. If speeding continues, you may choose to employ speed bumps around the car park to force reckless drivers to slow down. 

Alternatively, increasing the fine for those disobeying the rules may work as an effective deterrent. If your staff car park is used solely by your own workforce, you could even name and shame the offenders in front of the rest of the office.

If irresponsible drivers are not the problem, you may need to rethink the layout of your car park. The ideal car park should optimise both safety and efficiency.

When planning your office car park, you should position the parking bays as far from ongoing traffic as possible. Pedestrian access should also be considered. You should encourage your staff to use designated pavements rather than walking through the car park itself. 

Car parks are full of potential hazards. To keep on top of safety, continual risk assessments must be carried out. By identifying new hazards as they arise, you can invent ways to manage them.

Your risk assessment should extend beyond the physical car park to the wider area. Have there been any recent changes in the local area that could affect your site? If so, it may be worth holding a discussion to decide on the appropriate actions. 

For example, if crime is on the rise in your local community, you may need to enhance your security. Whether it be graffiti attacks, littering or theft, it’s important to consider the impact upon your workforce and your property.

The importance of professional maintenance

Whether your car park is a target for crime or not, regular maintenance is essential to keep your site in check. Without professional assistance, you will not be able to eradicate the full extent of hazards from your car park.

As an employer, your main goal should be to minimise potential dangers for your staff, customers and business clients. Though pigeon guano and chewing gum may not seem like serious issues, such substances contain millions of bacteria and viruses. 

A deep clean of your car park will not only eliminate harmful germs, but revive its visual appearance. 

ICE Cleaning

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer a professional car park cleaning service with a difference.

With access to specialist equipment, we’re able to transform the appearance of your car park. Whether you own an independent car park or a multi-storey car park, we can help.

Our technicians are fully trained and have years of experience in the field. We’re committed to exceeding client expectations through providing an excellent level of service. We won’t leave until you’re 100% satisfied with the job completed. 

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