Compared to the bustle and noise of a work site, the office is seemingly safe. However, office environments can present a number of safety hazards.
Office Hazard: Ergonomic Injury
Working in an office, you spend the bulk of your day sitting in front of a screen. This can result in:
- Strained neck
- Sore shoulders
- Inflexible spine
- Disk damage
- Poor circulation in legs
What You Can Do
- Get up and move- Go for a walk around the block on your break, stretch while you’re on a conference call, or take the stairs to grab the day’s mail.
- Alternate between sitting and standing- Complete the tasks you can while standing
- Sit properly – keep your shoulders and chin down, and your feet flat on the floor
- Provide adjustable equipment- one size does not fit all employees!
Office Hazard: Injuries from Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are the most common type of office injury, and can lead to:
- Musculoskeletal injuries
What Can You Do
- Stay clutter free
- Keep tripping hazards (such as electrical cords) clear from walkways
- Wipe up spilled liquids (such as beverages or water tracked in from wet shoes)
- Use carpeting or other skid-resistant surfaces to reduce falls