Avoid Office Hazards
Workplace health and safety awareness is a high priority for those who work with heavy machinery, moving equipment or in construction sites, whereas sitting at a desk most of the time does not seem particularly risky. However, there are a surprising number of hazards in an office environment. Many injuries are preventable by recognising these risks.
Slips and falls
Falls are a common problem. Placing carpet and skid-resistant surfaces on indoor tiled areas can help to reduce falls. If the entrance to your office building is slippery when wet, place a slippery surface warning sign.
Storage and filing
Many items are stored in offices, such as files, office supplies, printer parts and product samples. Overloaded shelves are a common hazard, as are heavy items being stored high on shelves, moving compactus shelves and workers repeatedly reaching up and down for items. To avoid injuries:
Most offices have a shared kitchen. It is important to keep the kitchen areas tidy and clean, and to remove spills immediately to prevent falls. To avoid kitchen injuries:
Office equipment includes items such as computers, monitors, chairs, photocopiers, printers, inks, toners and desk lamps. To avoid office equipment injuries:
The best way to reduce injuries is to quickly identify and address potential hazards. This can be accomplished by conducting regular walk throughs to identify possible risks and establish a reporting system so employees know how and where to report issues.
A risk register should provide as much information as possible, for example: