Some Helpful Safety Reminders
No matter what your office environment looks like right now, safety should always be your number one priority. Upon your return to the office, keep the following in mind:
- Keep walkways and hallways free of clutter, such as boxes and cords.
- If you see damaged flooring or carpet, report it immediately.
- Use a stepstool - not a chair - to reach items.
- Be sure to close drawers to prevent people from walking into them.
- When carrying material make sure it doesn’t block your view.
- When closing drawers, be sure to use the handle to prevent pinching fingers.
- Always be aware of doors opening, walking around corners, and passing by cubicles.
- When stacking material, be sure the heavier items are stacked on the bottom.
- Wet floors, especially on tile, can be a serious slip hazard.
Fire safety is also extremely important. Be sure to review the following:
- Check cords and electrical equipment (coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, space heaters, etc.) for damage.
- Review your Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and the employee reporting procedure in the event of an emergency. (Don’t forget to re-familiarize yourself with other office policies).
- Do not block exit routes, fire extinguishers or electrical panels.
- Do not allow trash to accumulate as this can add to fire.
As a reminder, all office settings are different, so it is important to evaluate your office's specific potential hazards. Consider creating a checklist and schedule a periodic walkthrough to ensure maximum safety.
For more information, please contact Sedgwick’s Andy Sawan at 330-819-4728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.