Although you may think of an office as a relatively safe place to work, offices have their own share of accidents. Most of these accidents happen when people are not paying attention, misusing equipment, not understanding electrical hazards and using ladders the wrong way, But office accidents happen for other reasons too. However, almost all accidents are preventable if you know where they might occur and how to avoid them.
Office hazards include Electrical problems, Collisions; Slips, Trips and Falls; Poor Lighting; Ladders; Stairs and Stairwells; Equipment; Chemical Misuse; and even fire. Knowing how each one of these areas can be potentially dangerous is critical to working safely.
It is never OK for a boss or co-worker to yell at you, and no sexual abuse of any kind will be tolerated. OSHA has rules and regulations on office environment and these should be posted for all to see, along with contact numbers if you help beyond a supervisors. Everyone, no matter what profession they are in, has the right to a safe work environment. This includes any treatment that is threatening or puts one in a submissive position.
By paying attention, and showing a few common courtesies, you can go a long way to keeping your office safe. These include things like pushing in your chair when you leave your desk, shutting the filing cabinet drawer when you are done, moving objects out of the way when you see them blocking an entrance or pathway, keeping you work space tidy, and cleaning up a spill you see on the floor. This may sound simple, but it is the absence of these acts that accounts for almost all office accidents. Almost all accidents in office environments are avoidable.