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Beyond Hard Hats and Protective Eyewear: Safety Equipment for Everyone

Posted on 05/20/14
Workplace safety is a phrase often relegated to factories and construction sites. Yet, even the safest office setting should expect the unexpected. Studies have found that the second largest cause of all accidents in the US, after automobile accidents, is falls. Tripping and falling are the number one cause of all accidents in offices, where most people consider themselves safe from everything but boredom.

There are numerous safety tips and safety products to help office workers protect themselves from common, and often unforeseeable, accidents. From flashlights and gloves to earplugs and outlet covers, there are countless products that can protect both employees and customers while also serving as promotional materials. Some tips and common safety items are listed below:

  • Keep walkways clear of cables, wires, and other tripping hazards. This will significantly reduce the potential for falls, while also making your office space look neater and more organized.
  • Keep flashlights in common areas, bathrooms, and other designated places throughout the office. In the case of a power outage, having flashlights available can help protect employees from potential injury.
  • Make sure to use surge protectors. A risk that is usually overlooked in offices is that of overloading an outlet. Using a surge protector not only allows for more appliances to be plugged in at one location, but it also protects your appliances from power surges.
  • Have a water bottle at your desk at all times. Spending hours sitting at a desk can be boring and frustrating, but it can also be harmful to your health. The potential for becoming dehydrated is higher than one might think; you are still losing water even when you aren't sweating or exercising. Having a water bottle at your desk will ensure you stay hydrated and productive throughout the day.
  • Use outlet covers. These are a common sight in homes with small children, but covering up unused outlets is a good safety precaution in all kinds of settings, even in offices full of adults.
  • Earplugs are most often seen at construction sites or large warehouses, but using earplugs in an office setting can keep an employee focused and productive. In addition, earplugs will protect hearing from the constant ambient noise of an office building. Headphones can serve the same purpose by keeping a worker focused and blocking background noise.
  • Protect your electronics. For employees who bring their laptops to work, laptop cases have become the norm. There are still those, however, who insist on carrying their laptops in backpacks or messenger bags without any extra protection. Laptop cases are often made with extra padding to protect computers from damage when they are bumped, jostled, or dropped.

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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