Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that you are working in an environment that is as safe as possible. Although no environment is completely risk free, there could be many more factors than you’re aware of that are threatening your safety at work.
Offices are deemed, perhaps, one of the safest working environments, but even here there are dangers that you should be aware of, in order to avoid an injury that could easily have been prevented.
Falls, trips and slips are the most commonly reported accident injuries in office environments. Whether it’s because someone’s left a box of paper in a walkway, the floor is being used as a filing cabinet or someone’s left an IT cable trailing across the floor. Although it’s important to ensure that these obstacles aren’t an issue, they’re not the only things you need to look out for.
Most offices have electrical equipment in them and these present obvious hazards. Look out for smoke and funny smells coming from any equipment you may have. Also check cables regularly to make sure the coating isn’t worn and there are no wires showing. Your employer should make sure all electrical equipment is tested and checked regularly by a qualified technician to ensure that everything is safe.
Spending all day sitting down and staring at a computer screen doesn’t do anyone any favours either. Not only is sitting all day bad for your posture, it’s been shown to have other health implications too – including heart problems – which is why it’s important to make an effort to walk around for a few minutes every hour. If you’ve been getting blurred vision and headaches then your computer screen is likely to be the culprit and it’s probably time for you to head to the opticians.
None of these issues are things that you should accept as part of your job, so you should always report problems to your health and safety officer and medical professionals when necessary.