Safety at work
Falls are the most common cause of injury in offices, those occurring on the same level being just as numerous as those occurring on stairs.
Handling and lifting of goods, materials and equipment is next, followed by stepping on and striking against things, falling objects, machinery, transport, the use of hand tools, fire and electricity.
Here are some tips on how to avoid them
Falls and collisions:
- Keep the area tidy.
- Avoid trailing cables.
- Clear up spilt liquids.
- Fix down turned up carpets.
- Don’t climb on chairs, desks or cupboards.
- Always use the stair handrail.
- Don’t carry too much up or down stairs.
- Don’t read when using stairs or walking around.
- Don’t run, walk.
- Be careful with hot drinks.
Handling and lifting:
- Only lift items if you have to.
- If a truck or trolley is available, use it!
- Get someone to help.
- When lifting place your feet either side of the item and take a firm grip; do not twist your back; do not jerk or lift suddenly; keep the load as close to the body as possible; make sure that you can see where you are going.
- Make best use of the available space.
- Place filing cabinets to give maximum room when a drawer is open.
- Spread loads over the cabinets to prevent them tipping over.
- Open the drawers one at a time.
- Close draws and doors when not in use.
Machinery and Equipment
- Use machines with respect and follow instructions.
- Don’t use machines without training or supervision.
- Report all faults and accidents.
- Switch off machines after use.
- Be careful handling chemicals.
- Be careful with equipment like knives and scissors.