Identifying Potential Dangers in Your Workspace

Cutting Board on Fridge

Put down that spoon Sheryl and be safe!

Last week we touched a bit on how providing a safe and healthy campus is extremely important and a responsibility we all share.

At the last Environmental, Health and Safety Committee meeting we discussed potential dangers that may be lurking in areas of campus and we need your help to identify those hazards.

Safety.  A Shared Responsibility.

Take a moment to walk around your workspace – Are their potential dangers?

Storage/Filing Hazards

  • Overloading shelves
  • Storing heavy items at high levels
  • Reaching overhead
Better Location

Here’s a much better spot for this.

Corrective Actions

  • Large or heavy items should be stored at waist level
  • Frequently handled items should be placed within easy reach. .
  • Smaller, lightweight and infrequently handled items may be stored in the lower or higher areas of a storage system.
  • It should be easy to place items into the storage unit and take them out.
  • Do not climb shelves
  • Always use a step stool or ladder to reach items from higher shelves
  • Do not overload shelves

Is your department guilty of potential dangers on high shelves (heavy items or chemicals) that should be relocated to lower shelves? 

Storage-Enumclaw

Enumclaw branch is (was) guilty too!

Human Resources is guilty.  Enumclaw Campus isn’t afraid to admit guilt either.  Both hazards identified and corrected in less than 5 minutes. 

Talk to your departments, if we all take 5-10 minutes out of our day to take a look around our workspace and identify any potential hazards that may need corrective action the safer our campus will be.

Give Yourself an Ergonomics Makeover

Ergonomic techniques aim to assist in creating a more comfortable, safe and productive workspace.  Many workplace injuries can be avoided and prevention is essential to avoiding these injuries. Click on the image below for an overview of office ergonomics.

Ergonomics

Your workstation layout and chair alignment can make a huge difference in your comfort and productivity.  Follow this interactive office ergonomics tutorial to learn how to properly adjust:

  • Chair Adjustment
  • Workstation Layout
  • Keyboard & Mouse Placement
  • Monitor & Document Placement
  • Laptop Computing

By learning how to properly set up your workstation you’ve effectively given your office an ergonomics makeover.  As a reminder, regardless of how perfectly ergonomic your workstation is, working in the same position or sitting still for long periods of time is not healthy. You should change your working position frequently throughout the day by taking a break, standing up, or taking a walk and stretching your arms, hands and fingers.