Reducing Risk in Office-based Firms
February 7, 2017
While offices are typically devoid of severe life-threatening hazards, that does not excuse your company from supporting a feckless health and safety policy. In fact, that kind of lackadaisical approach may instead create unsafe working conditions and contribute to poor health and safety in office-based companies—directly contributing to workplace injuries. For that reason, it is essential that your company conducts a comprehensive risk assessment at least once a year.
When conducting your inspection, here are five of the most prominent hazards that you should be aware of:
- Slips and trips
- Manual handling of paper and standard office equipment
- Display screen equipment
- Lone working
To address any identified health and safety risks, here are five straightforward and effective risk management strategies:
- Utilise the HSE office risk assessment tool, which can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/risk/office.htm.
- Review Business in the Community’s (BITC) free Mental Health for Employers toolkit to help support employee mental health and well-being, found at http://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/toolkits/mental-health-employers.
- Use the HSE’s Management Standards for work-related stress, which can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/stress/standards.
- Encourage your employees to take a five-minute break every hour to get up, stretch and relax their muscles. In addition, they should take three one- to two-minute breaks each hour to exercise their eyes by focusing on a distant object and then on a nearby object.
- Implement a safe work practice that ensures that an employee never conducts a potentially unsafe task alone—such as visiting potential and current clients.