Did you Get the Memo on Office Hazards?
WHAT’S AT STAKE
An office is almost like a second home to those that work there. Considering how much time a lot of us spend at our office it’s easy to feel that way. It’s also easy to feel comfortable and safe at the office, just like we do at home. But before you get too comfortable, here’s a memo for you: Tens of thousands of injuries and work-related health problems effect office workers each year.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Here are four office hazards you may not have given much thought to:
1. Slips, trips and falls are often caused by boxes, files or other items piled in walkways. Hazards also include cords, open file cabinet drawers, unsafe use of a ladder or using a chair or box to reach something. These hazards can lead to broken bones, back injuries and injured pride.
2. Sitting and using a computer, phone, or staring at a monitor all day can cause a great deal of discomfort and ergonomic injuries to office workers. Improperly set up workstations and poor ergonomic work practices put workers at risk for ergonomic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain, and headaches.