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.