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Top Tips on How to Avoid Common Workplace Injuries

Risk Assessment
13 September 2021 | Updated 14 September 2021
 

After nearly 18 months of working from home, offices across the UK are now back open for business. Many are looking forward to catching up with colleagues and resume meetings face-to-face but this can also seem daunting to be in a different territory after a long time remote working.

Due to not being in the office for so long, it’s important to be extra cautious, to ensure we reduce the risk of accidents at work. To help, The Compensation Experts outline five ways to keep your employees happy and safe in the office.

 

1. Create and Implement a Safety Programme

 

Before your employees return to the office, take the time to have a walk around, and identify anything that’s a potential hazard. Then, you can take steps to remove that hazard, and prevent it from happening again. When staff come back, set aside half a day where you can train them on how to keep the office safe, and encourage them to report potential hazards when they see them. It would also be beneficial to send some of your employees on a first aid course, just in case anything should happen. Mental health first aid courses are also available and sincerely worth considering, as Stephen Peal of PPS Power explained.

 

2. Keep Your Office Clean and Tidy

 

Loose wires and cables are a sure-fire way for your employees to injure themselves by tripping over them. Ensure cables are neatly tucked away, no boxes are left on the floor, and that desks are kept clean. Dealing with any spilled liquids in the kitchen - even if you didn’t cause the accident - is vital in order to prevent potential accidents before they happen.

 

3. Empower Employees With the Information They Need

 

Whilst as a general rule, office workers may not be required to do a lot of heavy lifting; there may be an occasion where a heavy parcel gets delivered, or employees are moving desks and need to lift computer monitors and chairs. If you know that something like this is likely to happen, provide them with the knowledge they need to do it safely, and injury-free.

 

4. Set-Up All Office Equipment Correctly and Regularly Audit it

 

When you think of a workplace accident, slips, trips, and falls likely spring to mind; but there are other, less-obvious accidents that are waiting to happen. With people coming back to the office, it’s the perfect time to ensure all equipment is set up correctly. Make sure all office chairs are set up to provide the right amount of back support, and that keyboards and monitors are at the right angle.

 

5. Avoid the Temptation of Shortcuts

 

It sounds obvious, but mistakes are most likely to happen when tasks are done quickly. Your employees’ safety should be the most important thing to you, so when implementing safety measures, don’t cut corners. You should also encourage your employees to do the same – completing a task they’ve done before may make them think they don’t need to take adequate safety measures, but it could cause an injury, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Picture: a graphic of a person at a computer with a display that reads "risk assessment".

 

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 13 September 2021

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