17 Dec 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.
- Proper insulation is crucial for when using a container as an office space to ensure protection against condensation and prevention against corrosion and mould.
- Insulation also helps with regulating high and low temperatures (climate control) while reducing external noise.
- 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.
- Confirm with your supplier that the paint used, does not use any harmful chemicals such as phosphorous and chromate.
- Ensure that second-hand containers / containers conversions does not have any extra toxic paint coatings.
- Ensure that flammable or explosive material are stored safely, as it can pose as a risk of fire or explosion.
- 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!