Potential Safety Hazards in Your Home Office
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Office environments can be rife with potential hazards, and home offices are no exception. If you and/or your employees work in a home office environment, it is important that you educate yourself on office safety and prevent accidents before they occur.
Fire and electrical safety in the home office
Electrical fires are a major hazard in both home and office environments. The following steps can be taken to help minimise the risks for electrical damage and fires:
• Electrical outlets carry a fire risk if they are overloaded. If additional outlets are needed, get new ones professionally fitted.
• Ensure that any electrical faults or issues are addressed promptly by a qualified electrician.
• All electrical cords should be inspected regularly to ensure they are in good condition, without any exposed or frayed wires.
• Ensure adequate ventilation for your computer and other electrical appliances.
• Phone lines, cords and wires should be secured under the desk where they cannot become tangled or tripped over.
• Power points should be switched off at the end of each work day.
• Have a smoke detector and fire extinguisher installed into your office.
• Have an escape route planned in the event of an office fire.
• Avoid candles or other heated objects on your desk.
• Keep papers organised and filed, with a clear workspace.
• Empty rubbish bins promptly.
Other common office hazards
Many people that work from home have young children in the house. Office equipment can be very appealing to inquisitive little minds, and extra precautions should be taken to ensure a safe environment for the entire household.
• Staplers, scissors, cleaning products, paper weights and any other items that could cause injury should be placed in locked drawers or cupboards.
• Filing cabinets, drawers and any other furniture that could be climbed on and pulled over should be secured to the walls.
• Unoccupied electrical outlets should be protected with plastic covers.
For the comfort and safety of everyone working in the office, general safety measures need to be checked regularly to minimise the risk of accident or injury. Things to look for include:
• A well ventilated, smoke free area.
• A workspace that is clean and clear of clutter.
• A clear floor space with easy access to exits.
• Level floor surfaces with no tripping hazards.
When it comes to your business, a safe home office environment is one of the most important investments you will make.