A Safety Guide For Office Containers

Containers have been used for decades to transport goods across the globe, but there has been a significant trend in shipping containers being re-purposed as office space units and as a workplace. Office containers are mostly seen within the Construction Industry, Agricultural Industry, Mining sites, and Development Industry.

Shipping containers are a cost-effective and flexible solution when looking for a semi-permanent or permanent business solution.

Do shipping containers have toxic chemicals? How does one make it a safe environment for office use? We outline some key considerations.

  1. Proper insulation is crucial for when using a container as an office space to ensure protection against condensation and prevention against corrosion and mould.
  2. Insulation also helps with regulating high and low temperatures (climate control) while reducing external noise.
  3. If you’re purchasing or renting a container for workplace purposes, confirm with your manufacturer that no hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, are used to treat the flooring.
  4. Confirm with your supplier that the paint used, does not use any harmful chemicals such as phosphorous and chromate.
  5. Ensure that second-hand containers / containers conversions does not have any extra toxic paint coatings.
  6. Ensure that flammable or explosive material are stored safely, as it can pose as a risk of fire or explosion.
  7. Air-conditioning is an excellent way to improve airflow within the container workspace, especially in regions with high temperatures.


Office units can be pre-fitted with lighting, electrics, charging units, fly-screens for windows and doors. Each container unit can be tailor-made to meet your specific requirements.


Shipping containers is an excellent example of a modern, modular solution – and with the right safety procedures in place, it can be a trendy and safe place to work in!