Office employees can obtain work injuries just as any other workers in other industries. While some health and safety concerns in office environments differ from those in other industries, other hazards remain the same.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals falls as the top cause of disabling office injuries. Avoid tilting or bending in chairs. Use caution when sitting in wheeled chairs. Tie back loose wires. Watch busy doorways and hallways. Warn of wet floors. Open only one file cabinet door at a time. Close unused drawers. Place heavy items in bottom drawers and on lower shelves.
Most back injuries occur when lifting objects, reports the CDC. Have help when carrying heavy objects. When lifting, place feet shoulder-width apart, keep your back straight and bend your legs. Hold the object against your body. Lift with your legs, not your back. Do not twist your body or obstruct your view.
Crowded working spaces, renovations, painting and office equipment can pollute the air with chemicals or unhealthy germs. Install quality ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Change filters regularly. Perform regular maintenance on office equipment. Stay home if you are sick. Use hand sanitizer and wash hands regularly.
Poor lighting can cause accidents, eye strain and headaches. Stretch muscles regularly to prevent back, neck, shoulder, arms and wrist pain. Take regular breaks away from computers to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome and reduce dry eyes. Use a phone headset to reduce neck strain.
Hold fire drills and label emergency exits. Keep fire extinguishers, emergency exits and sprinkler systems clear. Routinely check for electrical hazards---frayed wires or cords, overloaded outlets, faulty equipment or improper equipment usage. All high-voltage equipment must be grounded.