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Whether you're focusing on OSHA workplace compliance or you're interested in implementing your own workplace safety measures, follow these tips that can help your workplace remain injury free.
Keep the clutter down: According to OSHA, tripping hazards are one of the biggest issues to look for in offices and work environments. To alleviate this, make sure all cords are tied down or taped, and keep all boxes out of walkways. Make sure your employees know that they shouldn't block any entrances or stack heavy boxes that can easily topple over. Also, keep emergency exits clear of trash and recycling bins.
Safety with equipment: Help your employees by making sure they have ladders to stand on when they need them. They may be tempted to stand on a rolling chair, but this can cause a sudden shift which may result into a fall. If they use safety ladders, they shouldn't lift heavy items by themselves. They should have someone support them while another person prepares to take the box or heavy items from them.
Avoid corner collisions: Racing around corners has caused many accidents with employees colliding into one another. The National Safety Council recommends installing convex mirrors to promote workplace safety. This is especially helpful near kitchen areas where workers might be carrying hot liquids like coffee, tea or soup.
Skid-free zones: Areas that are prone to slips and falls can include kitchens and sinks. By installing skid-free mats, this can reduce slip and fall accidents. Make sure that mops and paper towels are kept close by as desk areas are usually where spills take place. Also, ensure you have rubber mats near front doors or reception areas that may not have rugs. If your staff comes in on a rainy or snowy day, have mats put down right away to remove any water from rain boots or ice from the bottom of shoes. Umbrellas should also be stored safely to air dry as a wet umbrella can quickly cause a spill if someone is racing by to grab a phone call.
Ergonomic safety: Having employees use adjustable computer monitors at eye level can help reduce neck strain. Workers can also utilize adjustable ergonomic chairs to support their backs. Additionally, look for wrist rests to ease carpal tunnel strain. Also, look for ergonomic tools like clips to hold paper next to the monitor to prevent neck strain, as well as wrist pads if your staff is using a mouse to navigate on their computer.
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