Any type of work environment has their share of hazards. This includes warehouses, and cube environments alike. Office employees frequently have the feeling that since they don't work "out on a plant floor" safety isn't important in their jobs. Yet accidents and injuries in the office account for thousands of hours of lost time, and millions of dollars in Workers' Compensation and medical costs. Our training products on Office Safety show employees what hazards exist in office environments, and how important it is to use good safety practices as they go about their work. Topics for these training materials include safety awareness, safety housekeeping, slips, trips and falls electrical safety and even more!
YOU THINK YOU ARE SAFE IN A "NORMAL" OFFICE? Jobs where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80,410 private-industry office and administrative workers suffered on-the-job injuries. Many of these injuries could have been prevented had workers or supervisors recognized the risks and implemented simple workplace modifications to help mitigate them.
Here is a list of hazards that can befall an employee inside an office:
- Falls - Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of office injury. These injuries sidelined 25,790 workers in 2008, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. The National Safety Council says employees are 2.5 times more likely to suffer a disabling fall in an office setting than anywhere else.
- Struck by Objects - This can be anything from running into an open cupboard or drawer to having a stack of filing boxes fall on you.
- Ergonomic injuries - Perhaps the most prevalent injuries in an office setting are related to ergonomics. Because office workers spend the bulk of their day seated at a desk and working on a computer, they are prone to strains and other injuries related to posture and repetitive movement.