Office Safety: 5 Common Mistakes

19.08.2014

Office Safety: 5 Common Mistakes

Office Safety: 5 Common Mistakes

Health and safety has emerged as a hugely important element of modern day workplaces. As well as protecting individual employees, it also helps to safeguard the wellbeing of fellow workers and any on-site customers. Without adequate health and safety measures in place, businesses and organisations risk fines, legal action and employee injury. To help you keep on top of things, we’ve put together this useful list of common office mistakes to look out for:


Not looking out for hazards
Keeping your eyes open for hazards is one of the most effective ways to ensure the office stays safe. Sometimes it is the smallest things that can wreak the most havoc. Whether it’s a loose skirting board or a faulty light, it’s crucial to ensure that any risk, whether big or small, is dealt with as quickly as possible.

Data Protection Act slip-ups
The Data Protection Act was passed by the UK government in 1998 and is a law that applies to every market sector and industry. One of the most common office slip-ups is breaches of the Data Protection Act. While it is often necessary to print confidential emails or refer back to classified letters and documents, not having an effective data disposal strategy in place could result in serious security breaches if information fell into the wrong hands. As such, it is essential for all offices to have a local, reliable data destruction service on hand to safely dispose of all confidential information.

First aid
Has your office got a fully equipped first aid kit on hand? If not, it is strongly advised to invest in one immediately. As well as fixing up minor injuries, the medicinal basics could help to save lives in a worst case scenario. In fact according to The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, employees are legally required to provide “adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.”
Disregarding the need for mats
As well as giving your office a sleek, professional look, mats also play an important role in reducing the amount of grit, dust and grime that is traipsed through the workplace. This helps to create a safer and healthier environment in which employees can work. When the wet weather rolls in, mats are also fantastic for reducing slips and falls due to moist floors.

Fire safety
A clear fire evacuation plan is a must have in any office, as is fully functional fire extinguishing equipment. Offices are also legally required to fit smoke alarms in order to immediately alert employees of any fire hazards.

Keeping in mind these five simple tips, you can ensure that your office is safe, healthy and compliant with government workplace regulations.


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