If you do a search through the OSHA 29 CFR health and safety standards, you will not find any regulations specific to safety in the office environment. Instead, several standards cover safety in the workplace in multiple environments, including the office environment. It is important to be aware of office health and safety, as well as provide office safety employee training on health and safety standards, in order to reduce the number of office accidents in the workplace and resulting lost production and revenue that results from each office accident. These 29 CFR 1910 health and safety standards that apply to office safety include:
Why Bother? Why go to the trouble of providing safety and health training for employees who only work in an office environment? Do employers really lose thousands of dollars a year because of injuries and illnesses in offices around the country? Apparently! Just Google “office workplace injuries” and you’ll see a host of ads for accident lawyers and worker’s compensation lawyers specializing in office injuries. Add to that higher insurance premiums after a workplace illness or injury, as well as the lost revenue from having to replace an employee even temporarily, and yes, an injury or illness in your offices could cost you big bucks!
Slips, Trips, and Falls don’t just happen in the warehouse or out on the building site. In fact, slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of injury in the office workplace! Protruding cabinet drawers, electrical cords, fallen objects, wet floors, etc. can all contribute to a slip and trip in the office. OSHA standards provide guidelines for implementing a safety policy for protecting the workplace from fall hazards. But employees must be trained on how to keep their workspace free from slip, trip, and fall hazards. General Office Safety Training should include guidelines on protecting from slips, trips, and falls. You may find it helpful, though, to offer employee training specific to slip and trip if you find that your employees need more specific safety policy training on this subject.
What does OSHA consider as First Aid? According to OSHA, First Aid is care provided for injured employees or an employee with a sudden illness or for lesser injuries that don’t require actual medical treatment.
Here is a list provided by OSHA to describe what is considered OSHA first aid:
- Using a nonprescription medication at nonprescription strength (to administer it at prescription strength, even with the recommendation of a physician or licensed health care professional is considered medical treatment)
- Administering tetanus immunizations (other immunizations are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)