Why you need to know how to stay safe in an office
If you want to avoid an accident at work and know how to stay safe in an office, you should ask your employer some important questions. Hopefully, health and safety issues and rules for your workplace will have been explained to you. There should be notices around your workplace drawing attention to any hazards and regular risk assessments should be made by your employer to keep staff safe.
Your safety is also your responsibility. We all need to take care of ourselves and this includes while we’re at work. You can do this by making sure you know how to stay safe in an office.
Some simple common sense rules you should follow
- Keep up to date with any changes to your office rules and regulations.
- Follow your office rules, don’t take short cuts to safety.
- Report any hazards you see to your employer or safety officer promptly, this might be fumes or a broken chair.
- Don’t engage in practical jokes or horseplay that risk an accident in the office.
- Make sure you know where emergency exits and fire alarms are.
- If you’re suffering strain ask for an assessment of your workstation, this might include glare from your computer screen or a wrist wrest for your computer.
- Monitor the cleanliness and tidiness of your office, trailing cables equal trips and injuries.
- Know who your welfare officer or first aider is and where to report accidents at work.
- Don’t use office equipment you’ve not been trained to use.
- Don’t overstretch to reach something on a high shelf or lift something too heavy for you.
These simple rules on how to stay safe in an office might prevent an accident.
What to do when things go wrong
If you’ve been the victim of an accident at work caused by someone else’s negligence then get some expert advice. Make sure you report the accident and check that it’s been correctly recorded in the accident book. Get a copy of the accident report for your records. It will also help to have the details of any witnesses to your accident.
Medical attention for your injuries is essential if you’re considering taking legal action against your employer. You won’t have a strong enough case to claim compensation without medical evidence.
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