Office safety aids in business success and employee well-being. As vital as it is, many office managers question if they’re making enough effort to keep employees engaged and make them feel safe at work. Here are some office safety guidelines to aid in a safer workspace.
What is “Office Safety”?
Office safety involves more than ensuring that your employees know the company’s fire escape plan. The concept of “safety” is layered and includes:
- Environmental Factors
- Work Conditions and Processes
- Company Culture
- Available Tools
- Common Practices
Office safety prevents physical, emotional, or mental injury of any kind, including falls, injuries, or psychological trauma. However, today we’ll focus on ergonomics and how to keep an office clean and safe.
Office employees often experience clutter. Whether it’s on a desk or floor, there are many risks, such as:
- Objects Falling from the Desk
- Trip Hazards
- Lack of Ergonomics
- Lost Supplies
Keeping work areas neat and organized whenever possible reduces the stress your employees might feel when working in a cluttered space. It also helps to hold everyone accountable for office safety and make it a part of your workplace culture. You also want to consider how you construct your office space. For example, open floor layouts ensure that everyone can move around the office safely without being too close to objects or other people as they navigate the office.
Utilize Ergonomic Equipment
Adjustable chairs, desks, keyboards, and other tools make a world of difference in the workplace. Employees type on keyboards repetitively or sit or stand for a long time which can lead to injuries. Office managers can avoid this safety issue by investing in:
- Standing Desks
- Various Seating Options
- Ergonomic Keyboards and Mouses
- Seat Cushions
- Anti-Fatigue Mats
- Wrist Sets
Not every employee will use these enhancements to their benefit. However, you at least want to ask employees what they need to keep them happy, healthy, and productive.
Ensure Office Cleanliness
An organized office coupled with a clean office has so many benefits. Less visual clutter enhances productivity, while a professionally cleaned office prevents illness. Increase the frequency of office cleaning to avoid the spread of germs on surfaces in your office.
Areas that you should focus on are the germiest spaces and highly-touched spaces such as light switches, rails, reception, and lobby areas, break rooms, and bathrooms. Fortunately, you don’t have to cater to cleaning yourself. You can hire us to keep your office in top shape and hygienic. Employees should also maintain personal hygiene at the forefront by washing their hands, using sanitizer when soap and water aren’t accessible, and staying home if they feel sick.
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