When you think of a hazardous workplace, an office doesn’t come to mind.
However, there are hazards in an office building and ignoring them means putting people at risk unnecessarily. Management must have various hazards identified, assessed and addressed.
Consider the following common office hazards and how to fix them.
The typical office job requires long hours spent reading and typing in front of a computer screen. This can put a significant amount of strain on the eyes, leading to fatigue, headaches and even lasting vision damage.
Because mitigating this hazard is simple and low-cost, employers should be addressing it. Proper lighting and the correct positioning of screens can prevent unnecessary added eye strain. The setting on various software programs should be set to make for easy reading. If employees are complaining about headaches and eye strain, they should be sent for an eye exam.
Due to the nature of their job, office workers are also prone to the negative impacts of bad sitting posture, which include injuries to feet, legs, lower back and upper back. Employees should be trained and encourage on how to use good sitting posture. They should also have workstations that encourage good posture.
Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time can be extremely detrimental to your health, and especially cardiovascular health. Furthermore, sitting and working for long periods leads to fatigue and lower productivity.
Encouraging office workers to get up and move around every 45 minutes to an hour can benefit their health and lead to a more alert workforce. Company leaders should also be constantly on the lookout for ways to get workers up and out of their chairs, like holding standing meetings and encouraging quick walks after lunch.
Slip, Trip and Fall Hazards
Electrical equipment, cords and materials add up to potential trips and falls. Employers can address these hazards by making sure cords are out of the way and walkways are kept clear of materials. Good housekeeping practices should ensure the all rugs, mats and tiles floors are in good condition.
Because they can be isolating and somewhat anti-social, cubicles are being removed from many offices in favor of open floor plans. Although the idea behind getting rid of cubicles seems well-intended, one major negative result is more noise. If noise levels reach a certain point, they can become stressful and annoying – leading to fatigue and mental strain.
If your office has removed its cubicles or is considering it, leaders should consider ways to make up for the loss of sound insulation.
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