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When leasing a property for business, both tenants and the investor have responsibilities required by the law. It will totally depend on how they work towards avoiding any hazards in the workplace. The landlord is fully responsible for maintaining the communal areas and ensuring that all security systems are working properly. Ventilation, electrical, plumbing, security and other facilities should be regularly inspected, to ensure safety at all times.
Fire alarm system: This is designed to alert building occupants to evacuate the premises in case of fire or any other emergency. Ensure that functional fire detectors, emergency exits and stairways are in full operating condition, at all times.
Sprinkler system: These are small glass bulb designed sprinklers that react quickly to warm temperatures and are placed in the corridors of all buildings. The buildings should have a management plan on which sprinklers should set off initially when there’s a blaze.
Security service: To prevent any serious or minor crimes from taking place, it is mandatory to have comprehensive security 24 hours a day. They should have the ability to assess current building vulnerabilities and develop specific security solutions, especially for high-rises. Following Dubai’s safety and security standards, all commercial buildings are now required to install security cameras.
Electrical wirings: Installation and annual maintenance of the complete circuit ensure electrical safety. Bear in mind that any electrical work carried out within the building must comply with the requirements of the building regulations in UAE. Hire qualified and approved electricians to check the wirings, sockets and fuses for you.
Maintenance company: Team up with companies offering tailor-made solutions for your pest control, landscaping, air conditioning and flooring needs. Look for companies who are open to the idea of a long-term business relationship.
• Qualified electricians should be commissioned for inspections
• Develop upstream measures to ensure safety of all employees
• A comprehensive security service should be available at all times
Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Properties
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