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safety logoAlways make sure you have a safe exit path.
Do or get an ergonomics evaluation of your work space.
Also be aware of hazards in rooms near you.

 

Did you know that you are two and a half times more likely to suffer from a disabling fall in the office than anywhere else at work?

Here are more tips adapted from the Nation Safety Council.

  • Stay clutter-free - Trip hazard, earthquake hazard, exit hazard. (& you can't find anything).

  • Step on it - Chair = NO! Get a step stool for your office or borrow one from maintenance.

  • Shut the drawer - Besides bumping your legs (PAIN!). An open heavy top drawer can tip over cabinet/desk.

  • Safe stacking - Put heavy objects closer to the floor. Don't exceed the load capacity of the shelf.

  • Proper fit - Do the ergonomics evaluation. If you have trouble call for help. Chris x216

  • Keep you feet on the floor - If you feet are not on the floor, you are not fitted properly. Do the ergonomics evalution.

  • Use a document holder - Helps to avoid neck injuries.

  • Correct mouse placement - You should not have to stretch to reach your mouse.

  • Correctly position monitor - Slightly below eye level and 20-26 inches away. Avoid glare from lights, windows, etc. Get help.

  • Wear the right glasses - Work with your eye doctor to get a pair of 'computer glasses', it really helps.

  • Increase font size - This can make a world of difference as our monitors get bigger and our eyes older. 

  • Take a break - Did you know that sedentary behavior, like sitting at a desk all day, shows an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer? OSHA recommends a ten minute break every hour. Stand at your desk sometimes instead of sit. Do some other task. EVen just looking around every ten minutes helps.

  • Maintain cords in good repair - A bad cord is a fire hazard. Also inspect computers and monitors for dust build up.

  • Inspect space heaters - Never use an extension cord. Be sure it is far enough away from flammable materials.

  • Never block fire sprinklers - We all tend to stuff our offices too much and it is tempting to pile shelves with materials we rarely need. See that the fire sprinkler is not blocked.

  • Do not block exits or prop open doors - This increases the fire hazard & evacuation risk.

Do tell Judy if you are having any problems - early intervention can save a lifetime of pain.

Lastly - You may not have to deal with chemicals and other hazards, but they may be present in the rooms near you. Be aware of what the local hazards are and know what to do in case of an accidental release or exposure.