Office Safety

Photo courtesy of L&I. Yes, safety hazards do exist in offices! Workers can trip and fall, get hit by objects, and experience muscle sprain when hazards go unnoticed or ignored. Make sure all hazards are addressed in your required written Accident Prevention Program (APP)

Yes, safety hazards do exist in offices! Workers can trip and fall, get hit by objects, and experience muscle sprain when hazards go unnoticed or ignored. Make sure all hazards are addressed in your required written Accident Prevention Program (APP).

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Office work can be relatively tame when compared to other types of work, but a closer look reveals everyday hazards that can cause serious harm to workers.

Key sources for hazards in offices include the following:

  • Distracted walking (texting while using stairs or walkways).
  • Hazardous chemicals such as some copier toners, pressurized and flammable "canned air" products, and liquids or powders used for cleaning and maintenance. 
  • Repetitive motion and awkward or static postures.
  • Slippery or uneven walking surfaces.

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  • Elevators.
  • Faulty electrical wiring and damaged plugs, cords, and outlets.
  • Fires, earthquakes, and other possible emergencies.
  • Ladder or step-stool use.
  • Obstructed aisle ways and exits.
  • Traffic (in parking lots).
  • Violent behavior (assault and homicide).

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or potential hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, preventive methods, and required written safety and health programs.

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