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Should you be worried about office health and safety?

by , 04 February 2014
You often hear about the importance of keeping your employees safe if they work in a factory or mine, but office safety is barely mentioned. And this brings us to this question: Is office health and safety important? Read on to find out.

The simple is 'yes'.

In fact, the Health & Safety Advisor says 'keeping your employees safe and healthy is just as important in an office environment as it is in a factory.'

This is a legal requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The OHSA covers all places where your employees work. And this includes your office.

You need to make sure that all your employees in the office know that they're responsible for keeping the office safe and healthy.

This includes the boss, your managers and the rest of your staff. Use all the communication systems available to you to do this.

Examples of communication systems in an office include:

  • Emails
  • Your intranet
  • Team meetings
  • Staff meetings
  • A memo,
  • Notice boards
  • Staff induction and
  • Staff training and development.

The OHSA requires you to do the following regarding office health and safety

To keep your staff safe, you need to identify and remove common office hazards. Office hazards include:

  • Spills
  • Cluttered aisles
  • Objects on the floor
  • Electricity
  • Fire
  • Objects stacked on shelves
  • Office furniture and equipment
  • Work stations and desks
  • Heavy objects that you need to move or lift.
  • Cleaning materials

Is there an easier way to do this?

Yes. Use this checklist to identify and remove hazards in the office. Also do inspections at least once a month using the checklist we've provided for you.

The bottom line: Office health and safety is important and it's a legal requirement. Make sure you comply with the OHSA.

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