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Common office hazards – and how to reduce their risks

Office environments are generally considered low risk when it comes to health and safety hazards, but this doesn’t mean you should let neglect your health and safety duties.

Offices do contain hazards and need to be controlled and monitored.

An office, like any other workplace, needs to have hazards identified and risk assessments undertaken in order to implement control measures to reduce the likelihood of an accident or incident occurring.

What are some of the typical hazards in the office?

  • Manual handling
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Fire hazards
  • Stress hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Ergonomic hazards
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Extremes of temperatures

Stress hazards can be more difficult to identify and can be caused by organisational factors, such as a poorly managed workplace or environmental factors.

Organisational factors could include:

  • Lack of clarity around the job role and expectations
  • Long or unpredictable hours
  • Little or no recognition or reward
  • Tense relationships between employees

Environmental factors could include:

  • Lack of space
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor air quality
  • Extremes of temperature

Work-related stress is a major health and safety issue in any organisation, and, while it is not an illness, it can lead to mental and physical health issues if it becomes excessive.

Support is available from Spectra to help you manage employees suffering from stress in the workplace and to undertake a risk assessment of your office. Speak to one of our HR Consultants on 0161 926 8519 or send us an email.

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