Safety in Training

30/10/2011 12:09

When most people think of workplace safety they don't think of the office environment. It's true - your office workers need safety training just as much as your field personnel. Such office area injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, slips, trips and falls, improper lifting techniques, and more. If you are interested to know more, take a look at Safety in Training. To maintain a safe workplace it is imperative that focus is placed on the office workers in the same manner that resources and focus are given to your plant floor workers.One of the most common injuries in an office environment is carpal tunnel syndrome. This injury occurs when a worker constantly utilizes their wrists. Such activities as typing, writing, and the like are the causes of carpal tunnel. How can these injuries be prevented? By providing proper training. Employees need to be instructed on the proper way to type, proper body mechanics, and proper desk ergonomics. This is best accomplished by using some form of visual aid whether its a PowerPoint presentation or a safety training video that covers all aspects of office safety.Another common office hazard is slips and falls. Whether its a wet floor in the employee lunch room, a power cord stretched across the floor, or a storage cabinet drawer left open, many thousands of office employees are injured each year while slipping and falling. Common injuries to the worker include broken or fractured hands, hips, or legs. Proper safety housekeeping and proper slip and fall avoidance training needs to be provided.Also not to be forgotten, is fire prevention, emergency evacuation procedure, and sexual harassment training for all office personnel. There are several regulatory compliance statutes on the books that dictate the need for this training. All office workers should be provided this training prior to their first day on the job, as well as annual refresher training. In order to promote a safe and OSHA compliant workplace, this training needs to be accomplished without fail. For more info, visit Safety in Training.