10 Things You Must Know About Office Safety

by Dave Collins on August 15, 2016



10 Things You Must Know About Office Safety

In most countries, the time spent at the workplace constitutes one third of the whole day; which is quite a lot of time. As such, you have to be equally vigilant about your safety at the workplace as you are at your home.

Read through the following ten crucial things you must know when it comes to office safety.

Walkways must be clear

Most offices have sections of cubicles in huge hallways. This means that there are a number of walkways which are narrow, with quite a lot of blind turns as well. It is important that all the walkways are completely clear of stuff such as files, folders and other objects that may cause injury die to tripping over them.

Minimalistic office furniture prevents injury

Furniture with a lot of drawers, sections and design protrusions can cause injury while you walk around it to sort stuff out. As such, is you are in a position of authority, choose such office furniture that just serves the purpose and is minimalistic in context of design to prevent injury.

Floor friction is essential

Floors that are too slippery such as that of marbled tiles make it highly likely that you slip on it. As such, wear shoes that have such soles that create friction with the floor to make you hold on better. In case you trip or lose your balance, the friction will help a great deal in minimizing the impact of injury.

Wire holders are essential

Many of the office injuries result from tripping over tangled wires lying open right on the walkways. It is important to have proper cable holders that not only keep the wires detangled and organised, but also negate the chance of injury.



Hazard control equipment should be in quick access

This safety measure takes things a few notches up. In case of serious hazards such as a fire, short circuiting or other similar incidents, what worsens the situation is the hindrance n access to hazard control equipment. Such crucial equipment should be in plain sight and should be accessible in a matter of seconds.

Inspect centrally controlled instalments

Equipment that is controlled centrally such as air conditioners and heaters pose great prospective danger. Since the control lies with one center, it is important that these instalments come with options whereby they can be switched off all at once with a single button.

Keep combustibles away from electric equipment

Materials that catch fire easily must be kept a safe distance away from electrical instalments. In case there is short circuiting, the presence of combustibles (fuel, paper etc.) can elevate the damage exponentially, making it even fatal in extreme cases.

Personal office safety measures

Maintain the right eye level with your work station

Your eyes should be levelled with your computer or whichever equipment you work with. When you look up or look down consistently over a period of hours, it increases the chances of neck injury. As such, it is important that while working, your workstation is at your eye level.

Take periodic breaks

If you work on computers the whole day, it is important that you take periodic breaks to give movement to your joints so they stay alert and in the right form. Sitting at a single spot for straight 8 hours or so is the most common cause of neck and back pains that extend into serious problems in the long run.

Wear anti-glare glasses

You don’t realise the damage done to your eyes while sit in front of the screen for the better part of your day. Even if your eye-sight isn’t weak, get yourself a pair of anti-glare spectacles that minimise pressure on your eyes, so the likeliness of you having to get eyesight glasses is decreased.



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