Keeping your office space safe.

Every day, we come into contact with potential hazards in our homes, the outdoors, and even our workplaces.

Some jobs are riskier than others and employees have a higher probability of being injured on the job, but some seemingly low risk jobs can still lead to injury or even death. Among these low risk occupations are jobs in office settings.

Although sitting behind a desk all day is far less dangerous than working at a construction site, it’s still necessary to take your own safety by keeping your office space safe. 

 

Keeing your office space safe and ergonomic.

 

Avoiding common workplace injuries.

 

When you think of a job in an office setting, you may think that a work-related injury is nearly impossible, but some of the most common workplace injuries still occur in an office.

For example, slips, trips, and falls are just a few of the most common office space injuries, which can result from anything from tripping over a cord to slipping on a puddle on the floor.

In 2015, there were 238,610 recorded slip, trip, and fall injuries reported in the private industry.

When injuries occur in the workplace, whether common or the result of a “freak accident,” many injured employees seek out workers’ compensation insurance benefits and require time off from work, which can result in an employer losing profit.

 

Implementing safety procedures.

 

If you work in an office or run a company where all your employees sit in front of a computer all day, you may wonder how important it is to have a safety plan.

Even though an office setting is never likely to be as dangerous as other industries like manufacturing and construction, a safety plan is a must. It should include a manual that describes what to do in an emergency situation, such as an injury, and all employees should receive proper training.

Additionally, as another aspect of a safety plan, an office should be designed to avoid injury.

For instance, consider the cords around and underneath your desk. Without a proper safety plan, such as bundling them up, you have a tripping hazard.

Similarly, simple adjustments can improve the ergonomics in a workplace and as a result, greatly reduce common injuries sustained in an office setting.

 

Staying safe, boosting productivity and morale.

 

Not only is workplace safety important to prevent common and costly work-related injuries, but when employees work in a safe office space they are more likely to be happier and productive.

Consider a work environment where the rate of injury is high and employees are missing a lot of work.

In an unsafe workplace, this scenario occurs far too often, leaving employees to work harder to make up for any slack.

As a result, morale can end up being low and employees, in general, may feel resentment and not care about the quality of work.

Creating a safe workplace and taking the employee’s comfort and physical need into account by using ergonomic tools and furnishings is an easy way to boost morale, productivity, and gaining the trust and respect from employees.

 

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