Office Equipment and Physical Health of Staff

Offices might not be perceived to be dangerous places, but this doesn’t mean that you can forget about health and safety if you work in one.

People who work in offices use many pieces of office furniture and equipment including computer screens, keyboards, printers, filing cabinets, photocopiers, and shredders.  These pieces of equipment can conceal many physical health risks. 오피

Electrical Equipment
Electrical equipment can become unsafe if not checked regularly. Office electrics should be checked by a qualified electrician and dated and labelled as safe every two year. All staff should be inducted on how to use office equipment correctly, so as to avoid accidents, and to report any faults immediately. An obvious example would be to keep an eye out for any worn or exposed wiring or cables.

Staff should be aware when having drinks at their work stations. Place cups and glasses where they cannot easily be knocked over. Everybody should know that liquids and electricity do not mix.

Office Shredder
You wouldn’t think the humble office shredder could cause much trouble would you? But did you know that since 2004 the Health & Safety Executive have filed over forty reported accidents involving the office shredder.

Their little blades are efficient but very sharp. Anyone who has shredded large amounts of paper will be aware of the fine powder these acute blades can leave behind. This fine powder can be potentially harmful to an individual if breathed in. Also be aware when wearing identity badges and neck chains when using a shredder. The classic tie caught in the shredder scenario springs to mind!

Filing Cabinets
This is a health risk I quickly discovered when I first started office work. Our filing cabinets consisted of four deep drawers. Thick, heavy files were not uncommon, and quite often lived in the top drawer. The problem arises when there are few files in the bottom drawers. This causes the cabinet to be top heavy and tip over upon opening. So ensure that files are distributed evenly through the drawers. Splitting files into two parts may be a solution.

Splitting thick, heavy files in two or three part would also make them easier to pull out and put back when needed. This is of particular help for the height challenged, like myself. Neck and shoulder strain is not uncommon when trying remove and replace these types of files.


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