Do this seven point safety check to make sure your office is safe at the start of 2015

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 07 Jan. 2015

Tags: safety check, office safety, office accidents, injuries in the office, office safety check, office safety hazards

If your company starts work again this week, you probably left your office locked up for at least two weeks.

Now you might not think about the safety of your office as you open everything up again, but you should.

You see, things can happen while no one’s around that could put your employees in danger. For example, an air conditioning vent could be loose after a violent storm that happened while you were away. This could then fall on someone and seriously injure them.

The last thing you want is an injury in the office on the first day back at work!

That’s why I’m going to show you an easy seven point safety check you can do to make sure your office is safe…


Make sure your office is safe by doing this seven point safety check

Check #1: Are all the electrical components working properly?
Check your electrical board and all your appliances. Make sure all the switches on the board are working and listen for any buzzing sounds coming from the board. 
Make sure all your appliances turn on properly and check for sparks from the plugs.
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Check #2: Have any of the objects on your shelves shifted?
Check your shelves and make sure all the items you have on them are sitting properly. If they aren’t, something could fall off and hit an employee. 
Check #3: Are all the doors and windows intact?
Make sure there are no loose doors or broken windows. If there are, you need take steps to fix them quickly.
Check #4: Are the structural elements as you left them?
Do a safety check for cracked walls and floors or aircon vents that are loose. If you see any of these problems it could suggest more serious structural problems and you’ll need to get an expert in to assess the building. 
Check #5: Have any pests moved in during the break?
Do a check for rodents and insects that could have moved in while no one was in the office. If you see any, call an exterminator. Look in the kitchen specifically because insects and rodents can spread disease that will make your employees sick.
Check #6: Are all the lights in the office working properly?
Make sure none of the lights in the office are flicking or buzzing. If there’s a fault in the wiring for the lights, it could explode. This could cause serious injuries to anyone nearby. 
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Check #7: Is all the furniture as it should be?
Make sure all the desks and chairs are still secure. After all, it’s possible that something could have come loose in a desk or chair while no one was around because of the furniture’s age. If this happens, the furniture could fall apart while your employee’s using it. 
This safety check is quick and easy but it could save your employees from serious and unnecessary injuries. 
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