Providing hazard-free work areas for employees is imperative not only for heavy industries, but also office environments. In fact, because employees in offices generally consider their surroundings safe, they are less likely to be on guard against common dangers. No matter what commercial field your business covers, ensure employee workplace safety by implementing basic safeguards.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, among the most widespread injuries in offices and other work environments are those caused by tripping, slipping and falling. To reduce the possibility of accidents, use skid-resistant surfaces on floors. Avoid hardwood, marble or laminated flooring. Instead, opt for cement, ceramic tiles or carpeting. Place extra carpets or mats near entrances, where employees coming in from inclement weather can dry their shoes before proceeding inside. Insist that employees use stepladders and not stand on desk chairs to reach high places. Always have cleaners post conspicuous wet floor signs to prevent inadvertent mishaps.
Declutter Work Areas
Tools and equipment lying around loose invite accidents. Have employees put away whatever they are not using in neatly organized toolboxes, desk drawers and filing cabinets. Keep drawers completely closed when not taking out or returning materials. Store files, boxes and other items in their proper places, and do not stack them in hallways. Secure and cover electrical cords so that employees don’t trip over them.
Provide Safe Equipment
It is crucial for workplace safety that equipment be periodically checked and replaced if necessary. Electrical cords with missing or damaged third prongs or exposed wires can become fire hazards. Overloaded extension cords are also extremely dangerous. Be sure all space heaters are approved for commercial use and have automatic shut-off switches in case they are tipped over. Investing in reliable equipment and regular maintenance is a key to ensuring workplace safety.
Instead of dealing with accidents after they happen, be proactive in mapping the risks in the environment in which your employees work. Preventing disasters before they happen is the most essential aspect of workplace safety.