For many workers the best part of the year is the Christmas holiday, when their workplace organises a proper festive party for everyone to enjoy. It is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.
Of course some businesses also organise parties at other times of the year. A summer barbecue or an annual celebration to remember the start of the business can both be quite popular as well.
The one thing no one wants to come up against is office party injuries. Fortunately very few parties will result in something like this happening. With that said however, the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen at your office party is to make sure you consider all potential risks before you start.
Examples of situations where office party injuries might happen
In the normal course of work, an employer would be expected to follow the steps of a risk assessment to ensure the workplace was safe to use. The same can be said when planning an office party too. For example, the room or venue in which the party is to be held must be checked and assessed to ensure it is safe and poses no potential risks to those attending.
This means the employer must make sure there are no means by which anyone could be harmed during the party. For instance, all trailing leads and wires should be out of sight and harm’s way. The premises should also bear in mind all health and safety laws.
For example it is customary during the festive season to decorate everything in sight. However it should still be easy to tell how to exit the room or building in an emergency, which means leaving all exit signs and similar items alone.
Avoiding risks associated with office party injuries
Clearly there is a lot you can do to avoid getting hurt in situations like this. If a party is planned in the proper manner with an eye on all health and safety aspects, there is a good chance everyone will enjoy it without any problems occurring at all.
However if this hasn’t been the case for you and you suffered some kind of injury at an office party within the last three years, Accident Advice Helpline could be in a position to help. Find out if this is the case by calling 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead