Spring is a good time to start organizing your desk and eliminate safety hazards in your work area. Reduce your risk of injury at work with these spring cleaning safety tips:
Clutter makes it difficult to find what you need and when you need it. Clutter is also a safety hazard. Cluttered work areas increase the risk of fires and slip-and-fall accidents. Use this opportunity to clear your work station of any clutter or things on the floor that may pose a tripping hazard.
If you have ever used a photocopier or cleaned your work station with a cleaning product, then you have used chemicals in the workplace. If these chemicals are not stored properly, they can cause fires. During spring cleaning, make sure all chemicals are store properly by referring to the instruction on the packaging. Avoid storing chemicals in direct sunlight or near other heat sources, as this may cause chemical degradation.
In 2012, a study found that offices may be contaminated with more than 500 types of bacteria! The study revealed that a number of the bacteria they identified are associated with the digestive tract. Spend some time cleaning with disinfectant wipes if you want to eliminate bacteria from hard surfaces.
Broken equipment poses a hazard to anyone who uses it. Get equipment repaired by calling on the right person in the company. If it is a computer or IT issue, call someone in that department to help you out immediately.