January 7, 2019

101: Office safety

Workplace safety is something only tree-work crews and forklift operators have to worry about, right? Actually, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards says other, seemingly safer occupations aren't in the clear. In 2016, 290 men were injured in management, business or financial sectors, and 950 women. The same year, employees in office administration or support roles reported being hurt at work, 1,490 men and 1,510 women. Here are ways you can improve your team's safety efforts.

Reduce the chance of falls. Falls don't happen only from spills on floors. Clutter such as file boxes piled in doorways or hallways can create tripping hazards, as does stretching electrical cords across walkway areas. "Placing carpets down can be especially helpful at entranceways, where workers are likely to be coming in with shoes wet from rain or snow," writes Lauretta Claussen at SafetyAndHealthMagazine.com.

Know security and safety go hand in hand. Knowing who is inside and outside your place of business is important. If your office does not have a closed-circuit camera in the entryway and parking lot yet, you might want to give it some consideration for 2019 – especially if you have employees who arrive or leave while it's dark. Identification badges are another good practice. Badges should include employees' names and photos. "You can also give these to any guests to your office to keep track of who is entering and leaving," says StartUpMindset.com.

Execute wisely. Good office-safety programs include engagement and proper implementation, according to SafetyInfo.com. When auditing your company's safety measures, make sure these four core areas are covered: a person assigned and trained to manage the program; specific duties and responsibilities assigned; sufficient assets provided; and an effective and ongoing employee-training program.


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