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What do corporate offices and constructions sites have in common?

by , 12 May 2014
Peter spends lots of time and energy on managing the health and safety on the construction sites. His offices on the other hand, don't really have any health and safety protocols in place. This is because Peter thinks construction sites are really dangerous and offices aren't. But he's wrong and he could land in a lot of trouble. Read on to find out how similar the health and safety concerns of construction sites and offices are...

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Look out for the common workplace hazards you'll find on construction sites and in offices 

Construction health and safety is important because of scaffoldings, cranes and general dangerous equipment. 
But on a construction site, you'll also find cluttered work spaces and walkways. This creates dangerous tripping hazards or it could cause injury to your employees if something falls on them.
Offices don't have cranes or dangerous equipment, but they do have slippery floors, piles of stray documents and files, and loose cables snaking out of the desks. 
That leads us to the common workplace hazard you'll find on both construction sites and in your offices.
And it's all because of poor housekeeping…
So what OHS regulations are you meant to follow for good housekeeping in offices and on construction sites?
It's a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

Here are the OHS regulations regarding good housekeeping practices

The Health and Safety Advisor has stated you have to provide proper storage for every item. This applies whether the items are files or hammers.
You also have to keep floors clean and help prevent slipping accidents. This is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries, as we've discussed before.
You need to keep all of your systems well maintained. These systems could be your construction site machinery or your offices electrical circuits. 
One of your employees could just as easily suffer an injury at work in an office as they could on a construction site. 
So don't be like Peter and neglect the general housekeeping in your office or at your construction site. 
Keep your employees safe from workplace hazards whether they work on a crane or at a desk.

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