How To Stay Safe And Healthy At The Office In Three Easy Steps

It’s easy to assume that your workplace is one of the safest places in the world. If you work in a physical environment like a warehouse or factory, then sure – you’ve probably received a whole lot of safety training and you’re aware of any possible mishaps that could go wrong. But if you spend your days sitting at a computer in an air-conditioned office, you probably haven’t ever really thought about the ways you could be unsafe in your workplace. Here are some common problems and the way to keep yourself safe…

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Falling is the most common way to injure yourself in your workplace – you’re 2.5 times more likely to injure yourself from falling in an office environment than anywhere else. First of all, you should make sure that your office is clutter free – if one of your co-workers is letting boxes pile up around their desk, ask them to tidy up, and also ensure that your own space is clear of any clutter. It’s easy to let a transparent folder fall on the floor without noticing, and they’re a very slippery hazard. Make sure you don’t put yourself in any danger. If you’re in a rush, it’s easy to be tempted to stand up on your swivel chair to change a lightbulb or reach for something on a high shelf, but it’s very easy to fall and injure yourself. Make sure a stepladder is provided. If you see any hazards around your workplace, alert your supervisor. If you are injured by a fall, consider contacting a lawyer – look around online for advice like before making your decision.

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Take Safety Measures In Your Office

Your employer is legally obligated to provide a safe working environment for you, but steps are not always taken to ensure that’s the case. Sometimes it’s important for your own safety to take matters into your own hands. Find out who the designated first aider is in your office, and if no one has been sufficiently trained, consider requesting to take a course yourself. Keep a first aid kit in your drawer, along with a flashlight. You should also make sure that you’re never the last person in the building, and that you report any signs of sexual harassment or potential violence in your fellow colleagues.

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Health Issues Caused By Your Workplace

Sitting at a desk all day can lead to physical problems like back pain, neck pain, and repetitive strain injuries. Talk to your employer about providing adjustable furniture and equipment that can be amended to suit everyone’s needs. You should also make sure that you receive training on how to use your new equipment so it can benefit you as much as possible. Sit with your feet on the floor or on a footrest. Looking at a computer screen all day can have serious repercussions for your eyes. It can lead to eyestrain, headaches, blurry vision and problems focusing your eyes. Take a five minute break every half an hour, and make sure you get up to walk around, get some coffee or water, and look out of the window. You could also consider doing some sort of activity in the evenings like yoga or a team sport that will stop you looking at screens and will also keep you fit and healthy.

If you feel unhappy at work, remember that you can always look elsewhere and move on - there’s nothing more important than your health and safety.

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