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When it comes to growing your business, there are a lot of practical ways to go about it, and one that a lot of businesses don’t think about is aesthetics. In fact, the same goes for safety. There’s this push (at least in some online business communities) where a business should save as much money as possible and cut down on costs wherever possible. Two massive things that businesses will cut are aesthetics and safety. Now, aesthetics, like a pretty workspace, is nothing more than a luxury. 

While yes it can help boost productivity, it’s still a luxury that's not needed. On the other hand, there’s no excuse for safety. While the COVID-19 pandemic did shine some light on how many businesses didn’t prioritize safety, it’s still sadly a major issue. Well, with that all said, if you’re working on your workspace, it obviously has to be safe. 

But if you’re a lover of interior design, even commercial interior design, you don't have to think about picking and choosing just one option. You can have both. Aesthetics boost productivity, but knowing that there is safety boosts morale as well as productivity. So it’s basically the best of both worlds. But where do you even begin? Well, here’s what you need to know!

Design-Centric Safety Solutions Exist

Instead of treating safety features as afterthoughts, incorporate them into the initial design phase. There are so many businesses out there nowadays that combine the two. For example, if you need commercial railings for your business, such as staircases or platforms, these don’t have to look ugly or generic at all. 

Overall, you can choose safety equipment and materials that complement the overall aesthetic of the workspace- even fire extinguisher cabinets and water hose cabinets can look stylish. if you walk down any hallway of a luxury hotel, you’ll see that they’re present but not an eyesore. 

Even decorative signage can be an option as long as it complies with regulations. Again, design-centric safety solutions exist, and many businesses use them. You can still have a dreamy workspace while still ensuring that every single person under that roof is 100% safe. 

Some Signs Can Be Temporary

So, just right above the signage was mentioned. Now, in some cases, there will be requirements for signs. For example, there has to be a fire exit sign, and it needs to be clear. The same thing goes for restrooms and those stickers put on doors that have a high-voltage warning. 

Now, you can’t make everything aesthetically pleasing when it comes to safety; hard hats can’t, for example- but that’s fine. Sometimes, you just need to deal with the lack of aesthetics. Now, usually, when it comes to certain signs, such as a wet floor sign, They’re that bright yellow color, and they always show a person falling (hence the warning), but that’s okay. It’s only going to be out temporarily when staff is moping or if there are leaks. So just keep in mind that sometimes, you can’t negotiate on every detail. 

Lighting and Visibility are Key

Lighting is another. You need it for work and safety, and proper lighting helps with aesthetics, too. For example, you can incorporate natural light wherever possible to improve visibility and reduce the need for harsh overhead lighting. Additionally, lighting should be strategically used to highlight safety features such as emergency exits or evacuation routes without detracting from the overall ambiance.

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