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Make Your Office a Safer Place to Work

There are a range of hazards that people might experience in the workplace, depending on their profession. Someone who works in a warehouse is more likely to face injuries caused by heavy equipment that an office worker - but in either situation, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that it's the responsibility of the employer to protect the welfare of their employees in the workplace.

Here's a few things that you could consider introducing to your workplace to ensure that it's a safe place to work for your employees.

Install Racking

One of the most common causes for accidents at work is slips, trips and falls, which accounted for 19% of the non-fatal injuries at work in 2015/16.

An easy way to avoid trips is by investing in racking or shelving for your workplace. Not only does it provide you with an effective and organised storage system, it also saves you valuable floor space in your office, giving your workers more room to move around. This, in turn, helps to minimise any trips, accidents and collisions in the workplace.

Cable Management

Similar to the previous point, you'll want to remove any potential tripping hazards from your workplace and a cheap and easy way to do this is by keeping your office's wiring tidy.

There are a few solutions for doing this, such as:

  • Cable ties - cheap and simple-to-use. However, they can be difficult to cut off and you may damage the wire when attempting to remove a cable tie.
  • Cord clips - a plastic clip that binds several cables together. Easy to unclip and add new wires if required and they can be fastened to walls.
  • Cable snake or sleeve - wraps around various cables to keep them neat. Available in 1.5m lengths that you can cut down to size.

Non-Slip Flooring

Assess your workplace for any potential slipping hazards, such as subtle changes in floor level, small steps, flooring that has become unstuck or abrupt changes from one type of flooring to another.

Consider having carpet or anti-slip flooring laid in your workplace to reduce the chances of accidents from slipping. Also, make sure you have adequate balustrades or handrails, such as the ones from Barrier Components, as they are an easy way to make your office safer. If they are well-fitted and within reach, they can protect your workers in case they lose their footing.

Protect your workplace from any potential accidents using our three tips, as well as this hazard spotting checklist from HSE. By ensuring the safety and health of your employees, you could be saving time and money that could be lost by sickness absences, as well as enjoying a tidier, safer workplace.

 

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