This page provides information relating to health, safety and welfare in the office work environment. There are a number of hazards found in offices which will require some controls to be exercised. The following list contains commonest topics in relation to office health and safety.
- Electrical Risks
To reduce the electrical risks in Offices, Departments should purchase electrical appliances and equipment from reputable suppliers, manufactured to an appropriate standard and they must be CE marked. The equipment should be used correctly and not abused, there should be no unauthorised repairs and the equipment should be tested as outlined in the Portable Appliances Procedure: Insert the link for portable appliances.
- Fire Safety and Precautions
- Emergencies and First aid
- Manual Handling
- Display Screen Equipment and Eye-care
- Accident Reporting
- Office inspections
Slips, Trips and Falls
The most common causes of accidents are slips, trips and falls. The following actions will prevent most of these type of accidents:
- floor surfaces - wipe up spills immediately, display cautionary notices during cleaning and polishing, immediately report and ensure repairs to loose carpet and any damaged floor coverings. If you feel that the floor covering in your office is damaged in any way please report it to the Estates and Facilities Helpdesk
- chairs - routinely inspect chairs for condition,
- electrical leads - ensure leads do not cross walkways or workstations, change the office layout if necessary;
- stairways - use handrails, report defects and damages to stairs and handrails.
Ventilation - Air Quality
Adequate Space to Work
The other types of hazards found might include the following:
- such as uneven or damaged or raised flooring
- overloaded shelves or heavy objects stored above head height, particularly if access is required regularly
- heavy or awkward objects such as computers, boxes of paper or water containers which need to be moved
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have also produced guidance on http://www.hse.gov.uk/office/