Three Ways to Make Your Office Safer

May 18, 2017Diana Lengerson

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In 2015/16, over 621,000 workers were subject to non-fatal injuries in the workplace which led to absences. These injuries were the result of accidents such as: slipping or tripping, injury from handling, lifting or carrying and being hit by a moving object.

With workplace injuries having the potential to cost your business significant amounts of money, as well as lost time due to employee sickness absences, it’s in your best interests to protect your office from potential workplace injuries.

Here are three ways that you can help make your office a safer place to work:

Set Up Your Office Logically

Setting up your office with a clear line of vision can help you reduce collisions in hallways or around blind corners. If workers can see who or what is coming around the corner and have plenty of space to manoeuvre around people, then it will reduce the chances of collisions and accidents. Check out Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines about space entitlement.

Logistically, it’s best to keep your office layout simple –  keep your printer supplies next to the printer (but not obstructing anyone’s path) and make sure the frequently used items are easily-accessible or within reaching distance.

Get Rid of Tripping Hazards

Slips, trips and falls are a common way that people injure themselves at work. Employers are required to ensure the health and safety of all their employees, so they have a duty to take steps to avoid slip and trip risks.

Here are some of the ways that these accidents can be avoided:

  • Ensure you have balustrades and handrails that are easy to reach and usable. Check out all the different types available to you at Barrier Components.
  • Bundle up your computer/printer cords with a plastic tie so they are safely tucked away and cannot be tripped over.
  • Consider the flooring – carpets and other skid-resistant flooring can reduce falls.
  • Ensure that any spillages are cleaned up promptly and hazard signs are clearly positioned to warn people of the wet floor.

Try using this handy hazard spotting checklist from HSE to assess your workplace for any slip and trip hazards.

Train Your Staff

Last but not least, it is the employer’s duty to make sure that your employees are fully trained in the health and safety hazards in the workplace and how to use any equipment safely. This applies to everything from lifting a heaving box in the correct way to making sure they are sitting comfortably at their desks, reducing the risk of ailments like repetitive strain injury or a bad back from being seated incorrectly.

Don’t forget to provide ergonomically sound furniture, such as adjustable chairs, to assist your employees in this and in theory, reduce the number of employee injuries and sick days.

 

Follow our three tips to make your office a safer place to work. It’s an employer’s duty to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace, but it is also cost-effective for your business to have happy and healthy employees.

 

 

 

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