Office jobs are not immune to the effects of workplace injuries. Sitting at a desk each day can come with a unique set of hazards. There are also other areas within the average office that could pose a risk to employees. The following tips are designed to reduce the chances of office worker injuries.
Sit Properly and Avoid Strain
Every employee should have an ergonomic workspace to use each day. Workers should sit naturally without leaning or perching on their chair. Adjustable equipment is recommended to optimise the seat or desk based on the needs of the person using it.
Strain and repetitive injuries are a big problem in offices. To lower risk, make sure to:
- Position the monitor, keyboard, and chair so it is in line with the body
- Sit upright using a chair that includes back support
- Keep elbows at a 90-degree angle while typing
- Hang arms loosely at shoulders
- Place feet on the floor
Keep Mental Health in Check
Mental health is an area that’s often overlooked, but very important. Workers who notice signs of fatigue, depression or changes in behaviour should seek medical assistance. Aggression and bullying should not be a part of the office environment. Encouraging a relaxed, positive atmosphere will dramatically reduce the risk of mental health injuries.
Give Your Eyes a Break
Eye strain has become a much bigger problem today than it was in the past. More people spend hours staring at a computer screen. Combat this problem by giving eyes a 10-minute break for every hour spent looking at the monitor. You can also close window blinds to reduce glare.
Clean Up Spills and Wet Floors
As soon as you notice a wet floor, put up a sign and clean it up or find someone who can. Spilled coffee or other beverages can become a dangerous slipping hazard. Water and mud can accumulate near entrances on rainy days as well. Keep floors dry and have a plan in place to quickly identify and remove liquids on floors.
If you have questions about office injury claims, contact Carew Lawyers. Our experts are available to answer questions and help you get compensation for a work-related accident.