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Office Hazards. © Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0612 Session Objectives You will be able to: Recognize office hazards Know what to do in emergencies.

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1 Office Hazards

2 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Session Objectives You will be able to: Recognize office hazards Know what to do in emergencies Take proper precautions to avoid accidents Reduce ergonomic risk factors Use proper lifting techniques Manage stress effectively

3 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc What You Need to Know Emergency procedures Fire prevention Preventing common office injuries Ergonomic safety Back safety Stress management

4 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Hazards Fires Slips, trips, and falls Electrical shocks and fires Falling objects

5 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Hazards (cont.) Cuts and bruises Musculoskeletal disorders Back injuries Stress

6 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Emergency Procedures: Evacuation Evacuation signal Location of emergency exits Evacuation routes Emergency exits and access to exits

7 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Emergency Procedures: Evacuation (cont.) Emergency duties Designated meeting area Drills

8 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Emergency Procedures: Fire Response Activate the fire alarm Call the fire department Use an extinguisher on small fires

9 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Emergency Procedures: Medical Emergencies Call for an ambulance if necessary Apply first aid Use gloves to protect against bloodborne pathogens Know the location of first-aid kits

10 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Emergency Procedures: Natural Disasters Be prepared Have a survival kit Listen for warnings and instructions Shelter in place or evacuate

11 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Fire Hazards Flammable or combustible liquids Storage of combustible materials Electrical cords and plugs Space heaters Smoking

12 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Slips, Trips, and Falls Spills and wet floors Torn carpet or damaged flooring Cords in walkways Improperly stored items Open drawers Standing on chairs

13 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Electrical Hazards Outlets and circuits Electrical cords and plugs Electrical equipment Electrical repairs

14 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Safe Stacking and Storing Store items in a safe place Stack evenly and carefully Don’t stack too high Make sure shelves can hold the weight Inspect your work

15 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Preventing Cuts and Bruises Box knives Scissors Paper cutters Pinch points

16 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Hazards And Precautions Do you understand the information presented in the previous slides?

17 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Ergonomics: Risk Factors Repetition Posture Force Other factors

18 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Ergonomics: Musculoskeletal Disorders Injury to nervous system or soft tissue Pain in hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, elbows, or joints How it feels Report any MSD symptoms immediately and seek medical treatment

19 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Ergonomics: Proper Posture Head facing straight ahead Knees bent 90 degrees Feet flat on the floor or footrest

20 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Ergonomics: Proper Posture (cont.) Wrists in line with forearms Shoulders not hunched Elbows close to the side

21 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Ergonomics: Reduce Repetition Alternate work activities Minibreaks Eye breaks

22 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Office Ergonomics: Reduce Repetition (cont.) Stretching exercises Hands Wrists and forearms Shoulders Neck Back

23 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Back Safety Maintain good back posture when sitting, standing, or lifting Do not lift more than you can handle Use material-handling aids Make sure you can see over and around loads you are carrying

24 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Safe Lifting Establish a wide and stable stance Bend at your knees and hips and squat down next to the object Grip the object firmly

25 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Safe Lifting (cont.) Pull the object close Tighten your stomach muscles Keep your back straight Rise up using your leg muscles, not your back muscles

26 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Ergonomic Hazards Do you understand the information presented in the previous slides?

27 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Workplace Stress Stress factors Symptoms of stress Episodic stress Benefits of stress

28 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Stress Management Control your reaction to stress Exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep Avoid stressful situations Get organized Laugh, relax, and take quiet time

29 © Business & Legal Reports, Inc Key Points to Remember Offices have many hazards Keep alert and take precautions Know how to respond to emergencies Reduce exposure to ergonomic risk factors Always lift safely Manage stress effectively


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