Office Housekeeping

  • 02 May 2017 16:38

An office may seem like a harmless place to work, but it contains many potential hazards. Identifying these hazards and correcting them can help ensure a safer work environment. Below are some office safety tips.

Road Map to Safety

Heavy Objects

Prevent back injuries by knowing how much you can lift safely and by getting help when needed.

Unsafe Ladders

Never stand on a table, counter, or chair when reaching for items overhead. Always use a sturdy stool or stepladder.

Loose Electric Cords

Keep wiring organized and out of walking areas to prevent tripping. Don’t put wiring under carpets. This conceals frayed cords and increases the risk of fires.

Slippery Floors

Clean up spills on the floor immediately to prevent slipping. Area with the potential to have wet surfaces should be covered with non-slip rugs to avoid individuals from sliding.

File Cabinets

Don’t place file cabinets where people are liable to walk into open drawers. Do not overload top drawers and create a top-heavy file cabinet that could topple. Keep files loosely packed to prevent hand and wrist injuries.

Broken Equipment

Do not use broken or unguarded equipment (such as a paper cutter without a guard). Mark the equipment “unsafe” and report it to your Office HSE Representative.

Unstable Furniture

Heavy equipment and furniture over 6 feet tall should be braced to prevent tipping and injuring anyone or blocking exits during an earthquake.

Propped-open fire doors

Do not prop open self-closing, fire-rated doors. They can resist flames and keep smoke out only if they are kept closed.

Blocked Exits

Be sure you know the location of more than one emergency exit and that nothing blocks your egress. Walk the route taking notice at what is low next to the floor. In a fire emergency, smoke may cause you to crawl to your emergency exit.

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