Three dangers you must take precautions against when planning your office Christmas party

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 07 Nov. 2014

Tags: office functions, health and safety at office functions, dangers at office functions, planning an office function, dangers at office christmas party

So it’s that time of year again when you start planning your office Christmas party. It’s a time to eat, drink and be merry.

But, it’s also a time when you need to watch out for dangers. You may not realise it, but your office Christmas party could be rife with hazards.

That’s why, during your planning, you need to take precautions against these three dangers…


Here are the three biggest dangers lurking at your Christmas party

1. The food
It may sound strange, but the food at your Christmas party could be extremely dangerous. If you haven’t checked which of your employees have what food allergies, you could end up serving them their last meal. 
Always ask employees to state any food allergies when they RSVP to the party so you don’t make that mistake.
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2. The alcohol
Anytime you bring alcohol into the equation there’s a higher risk of accidents and injuries. After all, which of your employees is going to say “no” to free booze. And the more they drink, the more likely they are to cause a serious accident.
Rather opt for a cash bar option which means employees can only drink as much as they can afford. And arrange the number of a reliable taxi service they can call if they over indulge. 
3. The decorations
Your party decorations could cause serious accidents, especially if they’re in an area where people could trip over them. Put things like candles high up away from people. Keep floor displays to areas where people don’t need to walk and, if you use flowers and plants, check if any of your employees are allergic to them.
These three seemingly ordinary things could cause serious dangers at your office party if you’re not careful. Take the right steps during your planning to make sure this doesn’t happen.



Saket 2014-12-26 09:07:04

Nice article.
I would like to add few more points, if your going to a Christmas night party--
1. Always pay attention to what you are wearing. It should be comfortable enough to let you dance and move easily, because Christmas party is all about drinking and dancing.

2. Always choose a good party location which is spacious and not too crowded.

3. If it is possible, chalk out a plan with your friends. Only one of your friends will use the card and you can repay him or her later. If you frequently use the cards in drowsiness, you may forget it anywhere. It can spoil your party mood.

4. You must carry some first aid medication with you and avoid this panic situation. Medicines may include some common anti NAUSEA/VOMITING tablets.

5. If you drink, avoid smoking and other drugs which contain caffeine and nicotine. Continuous drinking, smoking and mixing other prohibited drugs together can be the reason of sudden cardiac arrest, chest congestion, blood pressure and other health disorders.

6. When we go out to a party, we try to grab the every moment of happiness, forgetting our misery, problems and all. Being terribly exhausted and heavily drunk, we get back from party late night. We need to hire a professional driver who keep himself away from alcohol.


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