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Tips for Office Safety

Updated on January 15, 2016

Office Safety Checklist

Periodically, it's a good idea for business owners, managers, and all types of bosses to take inventory of how safe their offices are. There are simple things that can be done to help keep employees or business patrons from having accidents. What you will find below is certainly not a comrehensive list, but definitely some helpful reminders for basic preventative maintenance around the office. Read on . . . for 12 tips to making your office safer.(Photo from Microsoft free images.)

Cubicle Walls

Make sure cubicle walls are secure and are not leaning against desks, chairs, etc. for support.

Twelve tips for a safer office environment

1. Check smoke detectors to make sure they are in good working order and have fresh batteries, just like you do at home. A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries twice per year, when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends.

2. Keep First Aid kits stocked.

3. Keep walkways, doorways, and stairwells free of clutter. This prevents tripping on a daily basis, but also provides safer access to emergency exits.

4. Make sure fire exits are clearly marked.

5. Check electrical cords and computer connections to make sure they are in good condition. Additionally, make sure that they are out of the way, not in danger of tripping anyone.

6. Post emergency phone numbers in plain view, where everyone can find them.

7. Make sure items on your shelves and storage areas are not stacked too high.

8. Cubicle walls should be secure and in good repair, preferably not propped on desks or other furniture.

9. Heat and air vents should be kept clean and not blocked.

10. As it gets colder and folks break out the space heaters, make sure they are kept clear of fabrics, paper, aerosol cans, and other flammables.

11. Check furniture to make sure it is in good, sturdy condition. Loose bolts, splinters, or rusty areas should be fixed right away.

12. Keep hazardous chemicals stowed in a safe place. This includes cleaning products.This is just a start. Each office has its own booby traps and idiosyncrasies. Make your own list, starting at the front door and sweeping all the way through your office. You'll be glad you did.

Fire Hazards

Keep space heaters away from fabric, plastic, aerosol cans, and other flammables.

Electrical cords

Check all power supply cords and connections to make sure they are in good condition.

Do you have Office Safety Tips to share?

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    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      You make a good point about aerosol cans and heaters.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @favored: That is a good one!! Thanks for sharing it. I have done the same thing.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      This is a really good idea and a great check list to go by in the office or home. Making sure desk floor mats aren't curled up is another one. I'd tripped on my share of these.