Posted: February 06, 2012
o A surprising number of accidents and injuries occur in office environments. o Office Hazards include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Electrical shocks and fires
- Falling objects
- Cuts and bruises
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Back injuries
The importance of all employees knowing their office emergency evacuation procedures was emphasized.
Office Safety Do¡¦s and Don¡¦ts Checklist:
- Report slippery or uneven floor surfaces, torn carpet or linoleum.
- Keep file and desk drawers closed.
- Stack cartons and supplies carefully so they will not fall.
- Be sure file cabinets are not top-heavy.
- Replace electrical cords when insulation frays.
- Report poor lighting or missing handrails on stairs.
- Make sure plugs match their outlets.
- Put materials and papers away when not in use.
- Check container labels and material safety data sheets before using office chemicals.
- Be careful with knife cutters, razor blades, scissors, and other pointed objects that could cause injuries.
- Know whom to contact and where to go in an emergency.
- Know where fire extinguishers and first-aid kits are kept.
- Check that fire extinguishers are inspected regularly.
- Use dollies and similar equipment to move large or heavy items.
- Use proper lifting techniques that let the legs, not the back, do the work.
- Use a ladder or step stool, rather than stand on furniture or boxes to reach high places.
- Make sure your computer workstation is properly adjusted.
DON ' T:
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- Leave cords, boxes, and other materials in aisles.
- Block emergency exits.
- Use extension cords unless necessary.
- Overload electrical outlets.
- Leave combustible trash in open containers.
- Leave containers of chemicals open.
- Carry loads you cannot see over.
- Run in aisles, halls or on stairways.
- Throw objects or engage in horseplay.