National Safety Month – Office Safety

This is the final post in which discuss office safety. This topic is often overlooked as office employees are not aware of all of the safety hazards that exist in their work space. There are the obvious hazards such as a slippery floor or open file drawer, but there are also not so obvious hazards such as poor lighting or poorly designed office furniture.

Below is a list of common office hazards.


One of the most common causes of office falls is tripping over an open desk or file drawer. Be sure to close drawers completely after every use, especially those located in a common work area such as a file room.

Pick up objects you or co-workers may have left on the floor and wear stable shoes with non-slip soles.

Strains and Overexertion

You may not think about strains or overexertion when working in an office, but there may be times when you need a box of computer paper. If possible use a hand cart or ask for help from another employee.

Struck By or Striking Objects

Make sure you are always looking forward when walking to avoid bumping into other people, doors, desks, file cabinets, and open drawers. Use mirrors in corners to see if anyone else is coming before turning that corner. Most importantly, pay attention to where you are walking at all times.

Caught In or Between Objects

Office workers can become injured when fingers or articles of clothing get caught in or between objects such as drawers, doors, or windows. Keep hair, articles of clothing, and jewelry away from office machines such as paper shedders.

Workstation Ergonomics

Ergonomics means fitting the workstation to the worker by modifying or redesigning the job, workstation, tool, or environment. If a desk is too low it should be raised to encourage good posture and reduce back strain. Another common oversight involves the use of computer monitors. Make sure that your monitor is away from sources of glare or direct light and position the monitor directly in front of you. Also make sure to take adequate breaks to rest your eyes and muscles. This break doesn’t necessarily mean a break from working, but it should be a break from doing that particular task.