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General Office Safety

A large percentage of workplace accidents and injuries occur in office buildings. Like the shop or laboratory, the office requires a few preventive measures to ensure a safe and healthful environment. Common causes of office accidents include the following:

  • Slipping, tripping, and falling hazards
  • Burning, cutting, and pinching hazards
  • Improper lifting and handling techniques
  • Unobservant and inattentive employees
  • Improper office layout and arrangement
  • Dangerous electrical wiring
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Horseplay

The following sections address several office safety practices. Other preventive measures not mentioned here might be necessary also.

The office building is not a sterile working environment; common workplace hazards can be extra dangerous when you ignore them.

Refer to other chapters in this manual, such as Electrical Safety, General Safety, Fire/Life Safety, and others for more information on workplace safety. Always use common sense when safety is a concern.

May 2011
Reviewed November 2014