How to Avoid Common Office Safety Hazards
Enforce an effective safety program in the workplace
Mobile-ready actionable checklist with real-time incident reporting
Published March 23rd, 2020
Why is Office Safety Important?
Office safety is a duty and moral responsibility of every company. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states office safety as an obligation and that employers must provide a workplace free from serious hazards. Ensuring office health and safety promotes the wellness of both employees and employers and avoids the likelihood of accidents that may result in property damage, injuries or, worse, loss of life.
3 Tips to Secure the Workplace From Common Office Safety Hazards
Some hazards are often overlooked because some employees don’t bother about their surroundings. The problem is these types of hazards are likely the most dangerous ones (e.g., collisions and obstacles, poor lighting, and environmental toxins). Organize a team that will conduct regular office walkthroughs and observe safety protocols. Pay close attention to various environments in the workspace and observe employees’ working circumstances to identify possible risks or hazards.
Setting up safety programs and standards can help prevent the likelihood of accidents in the workplace. For example, one of the most common types of injury in the office is slip, trip, and falls; you can prevent this by making it a rule to always keep employee workspaces clutter-free. You can also do training programs that educate staff on the correct use of office equipment to help reduce the likelihood of ergonomics injuries. In some workspaces, putting up safety signs or labels help communicate important instructions to employees. Health and safety signs can warn workers of potential hazards, reinforce safety messages, and provide instruction for emergency situations.
These are some examples of safety programs or standards you can implement in the workplace. However, not all standards apply to every workplace so it is important to do a site walkthrough or risk assessment first so you can create safety programs and preventive measures that fit your work environment.
Keeping a record of health and safety data is important as it serves as proof of compliance with legal duties under the health and safety law. Inspection and accident reports, training documents, and risk assessments are some examples of records that should be documented and kept as a legal requirement.
A digital checklist is a great tool in ensuring that safety standards and measures are being implemented. Perform site walkthroughs, inspections and risk assessments using your own mobile or tablet device.
Practice good record keeping with iAuditor and be able to:
- Build mobile-ready office safety checklists in minutes
- Easily perform inspections with a mobile or tablet device
- Schedule regular inspections daily, weekly or monthly within the app
- Automatically generate comprehensive reports that are securely saved in the cloud.
- Easily share your reports with just a tap of a finger
- Capture or attach photo evidence
- Assign corrective actions and track performance with real-time analytics
Office Safety Checklist
This template is used to conduct office safety inspections and evaluate office safety training programs and the implementation of emergency and safety procedures. Identify potential hazards to improve overall safety in the office premises.
OSHA Office Safety Checklist
This iAuditor template is based on the OSHA Office Safety Standards. Inspect the general safety of all employees and work environment and observe OSHA standards for electrical systems and material storage.
Office Safety Walkthrough Checklist
Use this checklist in conducting office walkthroughs to visually inspect physical structure and facilities in the office. Results from this inspection will determine whether your office needs building maintenance.
Office Risk Assessment Template
This office risk assessment template can be used to identify general at-risk activities in your office workplace and help you prioritize and implement control measures.
OSHA Ergonomic Computer Workstation Checklist
Use this OSHA Computer Workstation checklist to evaluate employees working circumstance in their computer workstations and promote ergonomics
Accident Investigation Report
An accident investigation report is used to help to determine the root cause of an accident and the damage cost and support insurance claim investigations. This is also useful to improve workplace safety and to prevent its recurrence.