Below are simple steps that can be taken to prevent office injuries and promote office safety.
- Keep all aisles and floors clear of tripping hazards, such as wastebaskets, electrical and computer cords, protruding utility outlets, boxes, rain gear, etc.
- When climbing, use a step stool or stepladder designed for the purpose, and practice step stool and stepladder safety.
- When lifting, lift with your legs, not your back. Ask for assistance when the object is burdensome or an awkward shape, or blocks your view when carrying it.
- Keep unattended drawers and doors closed in desks and filing cabinets to eliminate a source of cuts, abrasions, and tip overs.
- Keep your work area clean and orderly.
- Do not block electrical panels, switches, fire equipment and alarms, emergency and exit doors.
- Check electrical appliances and cords for wear and shorting to ground.
- Load filing cabinets from the bottom up and put the heavier files on the bottom in order to keep the cabinet from tipping.
- Do not overload shelves. Call the shelf manufacturer for information on load capacity.
If you have any questions or need assistance on Office Safety, call Environmental Health and Safety at 372-2171.
Work Place Design and Practices: Ergonomics
Occupational injuries and illnesses are often associated with industrial workers. However, office workers are also susceptible to injuries and illness that are a result of improper work place design and practices. Symptoms of these injuries or illness include back pain, neck and shoulder pain, hand and wrist pain.
Below are links for additional information to establish an ergonomic office workstation.