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1 General Office Safety Christine I. Norris Environmental Health & Safety Manager

2 Safe Work Practices Good housekeeping is essential. Good housekeeping is essential. Never store items under your desk. Never store items under your desk. Never store items on top of cabinets. Never store items on top of cabinets. Never leave desk or cabinet drawers open. Never leave desk or cabinet drawers open.

3 Safe Work Practices Never stand on the chair or table to reach anything. Never stand on the chair or table to reach anything. The top of your computer should be at eye level to avoid neck strain. The top of your computer should be at eye level to avoid neck strain. Keep aisles, hallways, and corridors clear. Keep aisles, hallways, and corridors clear. Use safe lifting practices. Bend your knees! Use safe lifting practices. Bend your knees!

4 Electrical Safety Loose lying cables can cause: Loose lying cables can cause: –Tripping hazards –Electrocution –Damage to equipment Do not use frayed extension cords! Do not use frayed extension cords!

5 Accident Reporting Report all accidents to Human Resources!!! Report all accidents to Human Resources!!! Watch out for unsafe conditions, and report them to Operations! Watch out for unsafe conditions, and report them to Operations!

6 Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls Do NOT allow cabling to create a tripping hazard. Do NOT allow cabling to create a tripping hazard. Clean up spills quickly Clean up spills quickly Do NOT block passageways Do NOT block passageways Keep office areas clean Keep office areas clean Keep stacking and storage areas safe Keep stacking and storage areas safe

7 Office Equipment Safety Learn how to operate before using them. Learn how to operate before using them. Loose clothing, jewelry, and long hair should be kept out of machines Loose clothing, jewelry, and long hair should be kept out of machines Keep hands and fingers clear of paper inlet on shredder Keep hands and fingers clear of paper inlet on shredder Switch machines off before trying to clear a blockage. Switch machines off before trying to clear a blockage.

8 Common Office Chemicals Cleaning Agents (Bleach/Ammonia) Cleaning Agents (Bleach/Ammonia) Toners Toners Inks Inks Cleansers Cleansers Solvents Solvents Paints Paints Adhesives Adhesives These are several examples of several common chemicals that could be introduced into the workplace.

9 Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) Because the Right-to-Know Law gives you the right to know the hazards in your workplace, a written Hazard Communication Plan is required by 29 CFR Because the Right-to-Know Law gives you the right to know the hazards in your workplace, a written Hazard Communication Plan is required by 29 CFR A written Hazard Communication Program for laboratory areas at USCA can be found on the Operations website at A written Hazard Communication Program for laboratory areas at USCA can be found on the Operations website at A written Chemical Hygiene Plan for non- laboratory areas at USCA can be found on the Operations website at A written Chemical Hygiene Plan for non- laboratory areas at USCA can be found on the Operations website at

10 Emergency Action Plan The USCA Emergency Action Plan (EAP) has been developed to provide a carefully prepared guideline of appropriate response actions for a wide array of emergency scenarios on campus. The purpose of this plan is to save lives, reduce the incidence of personal injury, and prevent property damage. The USCA Emergency Action Plan (EAP) has been developed to provide a carefully prepared guideline of appropriate response actions for a wide array of emergency scenarios on campus. The purpose of this plan is to save lives, reduce the incidence of personal injury, and prevent property damage.

11 Bloodborne Pathogens The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR ) helps prevent exposure to HIV & HBV. The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR ) helps prevent exposure to HIV & HBV. Use Universal Precautions to prevent the spread of Bloodborne Infection. Use Universal Precautions to prevent the spread of Bloodborne Infection. Refer to the USCA Exposure Control Refer to the USCA Exposure Control

12 First Aid Make sure that you know the location of the nearest First Aid Kit. Make sure that you know the location of the nearest First Aid Kit. Make sure that the First Aid Kit is stocked properly. Make sure that the First Aid Kit is stocked properly. Information on locations and supplies for First Aid Kits can be found in Appendix G of the Emergency Action Information on locations and supplies for First Aid Kits can be found in Appendix G of the Emergency Action

13 Fire Procedures Hear fire alarm in your building or are told to evacuate by appropriate USCA personnel. Hear fire alarm in your building or are told to evacuate by appropriate USCA personnel. Evacuate the building to your designated rally points. Evacuate the building to your designated rally points. BECs or the EHSM can help you identify your designated rally point. BECs or the EHSM can help you identify your designated rally point. At rally point, follow accountability procedures given by BECs. At rally point, follow accountability procedures given by BECs. Also refer to the Emergency Action Plan at Also refer to the Emergency Action Plan at

14 Emergency Evacuations Keep your head! Keep your head! Know the exits! Know the exits! Do not run to exits, but walk to exits! Do not run to exits, but walk to exits! Ensure easy access to the safest way out! Ensure easy access to the safest way out!

15 Employee Safety You are responsible for your own safety! You are responsible for your own safety! Safety is a right not a privilege! Safety is a right not a privilege!

16 Additional Information… Training regarding any safety issue can be provided by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Manager (EHSM) at extension 3538 or the Training regarding any safety issue can be provided by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Manager (EHSM) at extension 3538 or the Should you have any questions regarding health and safety on the USCA campus, please contact the EHSM. Should you have any questions regarding health and safety on the USCA campus, please contact the EHSM.


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