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Health and Safety has become an increasingly important aspect of life within the office in recent years; and as people return to the office after Covid, Health and Safety considerations have changed in the modern environment, or we are no longer used to dealing with the common health and safety problems working in an office used to bring. Here we will cover how to deal with these challenges, both new and old.

Basic occupational health

The building block of health and safety within a modern office is its approach toward occupational health. You as an employer are required by health, safety and welfare legislation to be able to provide a safe workplace and assess the risks that your workers experience whilst they are working for you. Most people focus on limiting accidents, which is of course important; but there is far more to health and safety than avoiding accidents.

Health and Safety problems within the office

Whilst an office may seem like a rather mundane and safe place to be in comparison to a warzone or some other workplace, it is so important to always take Office health and safety seriously.

Some of the problems that office workers may face if health and safety are disregarded include worsening health due to poor job design, mental exhaustion due to prolonged repetitive work, or injury from moving heavy loads within the office.

One of the risks that often gets overlooked is the fire hazard’s that many offices are faced with. In recent occupational health assessments, many of the reports talk about how employees have brought in their own domestic appliances such as coffee makers, kettles, fans or chargers into the workplace and these have not been accounted for in the office’s mitigations of fire risks.

New health and safety regulations

In the years before the pandemic, where people in a number of sectors were forced to work from home, new health and safety regulations were put in place. The aim was that this regulation would improve occupational health and safety within the workplace; and ISO 45001, the leading piece of health and safety legislation, also had positive effects on productivity as a secondary benefit.

This legislation was put in place in 2018, but many companies have understandably focussed on returning to work and dealing with the pandemic; so unless you were early adopters of ISO 45001, you most likely have just tried to adjust your workplace’s old health and safety regime to the new challenges your company is facing, rather than adopting this new legislation.


Building a Health and Safety culture within the office

Whilst legislation and policies are a part of keeping your workers safe, the central pillar of your office’s health and safety approach should be building an effective and sustainable office safety culture. There are a number of different ways you can create this within your company.

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