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Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Office Area Safe

It’s pretty safe to assume that workplace injuries usually take place on worksites operating heavy machinery. Nonetheless, security problems and risks do arise in offices at the same time. While there may not be cranes and other heavy machinery used in your workplace, office accidents happen too, they are just not easy to see.

Here are the top 5 ways to help make your office space safe.

1

Keep your office organized and free of clutter

To help prevent office injuries, maintaining your desk area organized and clutter-free will help reduce things like tripping hazards. When files, boxes, and other clutter fills office areas and walkways, you're setting yourself up and others for potential injuries. Be sure cartons and files are safely stored away, don’t let trash cans and recycling boxes overflow, and also make sure electrical cords are properly secured and safely covered.

2

Use a stepladder to reach higher areas

Avoid making use of your seat—especially rolling office chairs—as a way to assist you reach anything located at an elevated height. Many falls occur when anything aside from a ladder is used to reach higher areas. Always use a step ladder and make certain it is on a strong and level surface before stepping on and climbing up.

3

Train workers to properly use equipment and supplies

Supplying the best office equipment to your employees will not keep them safe if they are not using it correctly. It’s important that you take the time to train them on how to use equipment safely and they should know all safety and evacuation procedures as well.

4

Reduce or change lighting to help minimize eye strain

According to the American Optometric Association, most offices have too much overhead fluorescent lighting which often causes more strain (and doesn’t improve the ability to see). Some offices and desk areas may not have enough. It’s best to lessen overhead lighting by removing lightbulbs or dimming the lights and using smaller desk lamps because they can provide light on specific work areas.

5

Keep electrical cords safe and updated

Ungrounded and damaged power cords pose a major fire hazard and even violate many different security codes. Be sure to regularly inspect cords and wires for just about any damage, deterioration, and check to ensure outlets aren't overloaded. It’s important to check that they are not running across walk areas and discontinue use of damaged cords or cords with broken prongs.

There are many other ways to keep your office space safe by preventing hazards. One of the biggest problems in most offices is the amount of wires and cords running across and through high traffic areas. To help handle this, try installing a cable management access floor.

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