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Is your office safe for your employees? Take this short test to find out

by , 10 March 2015
Look around your office, everything seems fine, right?. But not if you are an employer who knows what the Health and Safety Training Manual stands for.

Is your office safe for your employees? Or will it affect their health?

Check the following rules and see if you apply them accordingly:

- Arrange the furniture and equipment in a safe manner, for example:

– Chairs aren't not placed in walk areas;
– Drawers don't open into walk areas;
– There's nothing obstructing view around corners and/or partitions;
    • Small appliance control;
    • Chemicals and storage;
    • Flooring covers (tiles, wood, carpets etc.);
    • Lighting and ventilation.

Once you've checked that, make sure you check the office lighting because inadequate lighting can cause headaches, eye strain and vision fatigue. Here's why and what to do...

Make sure your office doesn't have too much lighting or too little lighting!

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Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the DoL!

Recently, the Department of Labour (DoL) conducted over 190,000 impromptu health and safety inspections. It even shut down a company for failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Employers have been warned that there will be many more inspections.

Don't let them show up at your door unannounced.


Did you know that colour also plays a major role in eye fatigue?

The colour of the office walls, workstation partitions, desks, carpets and other visuals all affect your employees. Bright gloss finished painted walls or surfaces where the light reflects straight into the eyes can also have an effect on the eyes.

Implement the following actions to prevent headaches and eye strain:

• If your employees need extra light for close work, make sure your provide an adjustable desk lamp (it lights up the immediate work area but doesn't affect other employees).

• Organise vision tests and safety trainig in the office. Remind your employees to take vision breaks – stop what they're doing and do some eye exercises –  every 30 minutes.

• Regular eye examinations will reveal if there's any reduction in vision capability.

• You should repair flickering lights – often associated with neon or similar tube-type lights – as they can cause headaches and cause fits in epileptics

These small changes will make a big impact and you should follow all the rules when it comes about having an efficient health and safety system!

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