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Office Hazards
Posted: February 06, 2012

Office Hazards
o A surprising number of accidents and injuries occur in office environments. o Office Hazards include:

  •  Fire
  •  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:

  • 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.
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