Safety hazards in an office setting
February 21, 2008
How many hazards can you find in this staged photo?
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- Cords running across an office can be a tripping hazard and should be avoided.
- Materials such as boxes should be stacked no higher than 18 inches beneath a sprinkler to ensure the sprinkler’s effectiveness.
- Ensure space heaters are approved for commercial use, and never leave them unattended or near any combustible materials.
- Boxes should not block an exit path.
- Never leave file cabinets open and unattended; someone could trip over or bump into them.
- Paper cutters should be guarded and closed when not in use.
- All food should be properly stored; studies show 400 times more germs are present on a desktop than on the average toilet seat.
- Keyboards should be adjustable to improve comfort and reduce strain.
- Electrical hazards are one of the leading causes of office fires; never overload an outlet.
- Keep papers clear from devices such as hot plates, and never leave them on while out of the office.
- Coffee cups should have a lid to reduce spills.
- Chairs should be ergonomic and include arm rests and an adjustable back.