Last week, we discussed the need for warehouses to protect staff from all possible hazards; the obvious and not-so-obvious ones. An ill workforce is an unproductive one; to avoid this we recommended a thorough professional clean on a regular basis.
But, a dirty environment isn’t the only hazard to watch out for.Slips and falls are a leading cause of accidents at work; whether it’s in a warehouse or an office. The Trip potential triangle designed by the HSE outlines how to avoid this. But did you know that computers and even the loo are also potential hazards in the office? Risk factors for trips include spilled contaminants on floors, walking surface irregularities and poor weather conditions. On the shop floor, hand rails and improved lighting can help reduce falls but inside the office, it’s a different story. Most offices have one corner or shelf stuffed with clutter of some sort. These can provide a crushing injury if the pile ever topples over. But add the trailing cables from computers and other peripherals and you have another major hazard on your hands. Offices can get around this by:
- Reduce crush hazard by properly storing files in the right shelves.
- Reduce trip hazards by making sure cords/cables don’t run across high traffic areas; no hazards over a quarter-inch high are allowed in high pedestrian travel zones.
- Running cables along walls and using cable wall clips or tape to hold them in place.
- Covering exposed cables with a carpet of some sort.
- Replacing buckled carpets
- Standing up, every half hour and moving around,
- Tilting monitors to avoid neck strain from hunching down,
- Avoid remaining in one position for extended periods.
- Educating staff on the potential effects of long-term addiction to painkillers,
- Remind them of the company policy on drug misuse,
- Ensuring there are open lines of communication between supervisors and staff,
- Ensuring the right PPE is available to try and avoid accidents in the first place.
Have we missed any of the common hazards?Be sure to let us know if you have experienced any of the hazards mentioned in both articles. SRL Limited urges you to take care of your staff; an ill workforce is an unproductive one.
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