Recognizing Hidden Dangers: Steps to a safer office

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It's fairly obvious that safety and health hazards can exist on worksites filled with heavy machinery and equipment, where employees often are required to engage in strenuous manual labor. A job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled.

A job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting.


Here are 25 steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury among your office staff.



Slips, trips and falls, the most common type of office injury. Several hazards contribute to these injuries, although most can be significantly reduced, often by raising awareness among employees. Take a look at our Slips, Trips and Falls poster.

  • 1. Stay clutter-free
  • 2. Standing on chairs
  • 3. Maintain a clear line of vision
  • 4. Carpeting and other skid-resistant surfaces can serve to reduce falls.

Struck/caught by an object

  • 5. Shut the drawer
  • 6. Safe stacking

Ergonomics injuries

Office workers spend the bulk of their day seated at a desk and working on a computer, they are prone to strains and other injuries related to posture and repetitive movement. Ergonomics hazards can be difficult to detect.

  • 7. Provide adjustable equipment
  • 8. Train workers on how to use equipment
  • 9. Keep your feet on the floor
  • 10. Provide document holders
  • 11. Correct mouse placement

Vision problems

  • 12. Dim the lights and use task lamps
  • 13. Correctly position monitors
  • 14. Minimize screen glare
  • 15. Wear the right glasses
  • 16. Increase font size on computer
  • 17. Take a break

Fire Safety

  • 18. Maintain cords in good repair
  • 19. Inspect space heaters
  • 20. Never block fire sprinklers
  • 21. Do not block escape routes or prop open fire doors

Administrative controls

  • 22. Conduct walk-throughs
  • 23. Monitor signs of musculoskeletal disorders
  • 24. Talk to employees about their concerns
  • 25. Establish employee reporting systems






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27. May 2019