Office safety should be a high priority for any office. It is essential for the well-being of employees and employers. Besides violence in the workplace, other safety issues are important such as diseases and other health concerns. All of the above concerns affect an employee’s ability to effectively perform his or her duties. That is why it is vital for employers to take the necessary steps to protect employees from potential health and safety hazards. Building security is also important.
Prevent falls with these tips
Falls can be prevented in the office area. One common cause of office falls is tripping over an open file drawer or an open desk. Other common hazards are tripping over electrical cords or wires or bending while seated in an unstable chair. To be clear, office falls are often caused by slippery wet floors. Other hazards are loose carpeting and inadequate lighting. Here are some actions to take to prevent a fall:
• Close drawers completely after every use
• Make sure electrical cords and wires are away from walk areas
• Use a stepladder for overhead reaching
• Report spills quickly
• Report loose carpeting or a damaged floor
Practice safe lifting
Safe lifting is another office safety tip that may prevent an accident. Our backs are especially vulnerable to heavy lifting. So, before you pick up a heavy load of anything, here are some questions to ask before you lift:
• Is this too heavy for me to carry?
• How far do I need to carry it?
• Should I get help with this or do this by myself?
Another area in an office that can cause problems is storage of materials. Office materials that are improperly stored can lead to poor visibility, objects falling on employees or employers and fire. Examples of improper storage are piling materials too high, unstable piling and obstructing aisles, doors and fire exits. To prevent any of these hazards from occurring, do the following:
• Place heavy objects on lower shelves
• Place materials inside files, cabinets and lockers
• Place heavy office equipment on the middle of desks, cabinets and tables, instead of on the edges of these objects
• Do not stack materials in corners, aisles and passageways
• Use storage areas only for storage
Workstation Ergonomics can prevent many health problems
Most importantly, workstation ergonomics can prevent a host of safety hazards such as pain in the shoulders, neck and back. Other health concerns that can be prevented by incorporating ergonomics in the workplace are lower back pain that comes from a poorly designed chair or a chair that is too high, causing loss of circulation in the legs and feet Intelligent video surveillance can add even more safety and security to your office.
To arrange your workstation to fit your needs and prevent certain health problems, try the following:
• Adjust the back rest straight up and down so that it supports the curvature of your spine
• Place needed documents on a document holder close to the screen
To conclude, office safety should be Job #1 in any office. Follow some or all of the above office safety tips, and you will have healthier and safer employees and employers!