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Office Safety Guide for 2020

There are a ton of articles floating around the internet about creating a positive workplace culture. We believe the first step in creating a workplace culture is ensuring the safety of your office. It is a shared responsibility from C-level executives to those on the front lines in the office every single day. We owe it to ourselves, our coworkers, our managers, our teams, and our families to do the most we can to make the office as safe as possible. Our list of recommendations is by no means inclusive of all ways to protect yourself and your company, only a place to begin the conversation.

Driving

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States.

  • ALWAYS wear your seat belt.
  • Be conscious of the weather. If it is raining or snowing leave as early as possible so you’re not in a rush.
  • Distracted driving occurs anytime you have lost focus on the fact that when you are driving your primary responsibility is driving safely; not answering calls, not texting, not looking at videos, not eating or drinking, not applying makeup, not getting the next song prepared.
  • Drive the suggested speed limit. Speed limits have been developed with human reaction time, car stopping abilities, and your safety in mind.

Fatigue

American workers do not get enough restful sleep, as an across the board fact. A Harvard research study found that, for the average worker, insomnia leads to the loss of 11.3 days’ worth of productivity per year. Nationally, it is estimated that insomnia is responsible for a productivity loss worth $63.2 billion dollars. Having a fatigued workforce means you have an office filled with moody, mentally foggy, less productive workers.

  • Prioritize your sleep. 8 hour is optimal for most adults. We see the students out there. We see the working parents. We see the people who are caretakers for their family members outside of their work. We see those with side hustles. We know that sleep is first to be put on the chopping block.
  • Check out these 20 tips for getting better sleep from the National Sleep Foundation.
  • Pay attention to your schedule throughout the day to help create a pre-sleep routine. Give yourself time to wind down, give yourself time to do self-care rituals, give yourself time to calm your mind.
  • Workout. It is great for your body and your mind, and can help you get a restful night’s sleep- BUT- be mindful of exercising too late in the day.
  • Encourage your employees to go home. Give them permission to pick up projects the next day.
  • Have discussions about the company culture of responding to emails after hours, taking on extra shifts, or being unable to delegate work.
  • Make it clear in your office that being well rested is a part of coming into work prepared.

Workplace Violence

Since 2006, there have been at least 11 tragic mass workplace killings in the United States. Although rare in comparison to the other gun deaths in the United States workplace violence certainty is deserving of discussion in this blog. Everyone in your office should be prepared.

  • Offer safety training for your staff so they are fully versed in protocol.
  • Identify exit routes.
  • Identify hiding spots.
  • Be aware of anyone suspicious in your work area and report immediately.
  • Check out safety videos online.

Overexertion

It can start at work or at home, but overexertion is a leading cause of injury according to the National Safety Council. Certain industries like manufacturing, construction, and education/health services tend to be more prone to experiencing overexertion injuries but plenty of those in the professional and business services experience these injuries.

It comes down to how our bodies are designed to do the work we demand of them. Ergonomic injuries become disorders of the soft tissue, specifically of the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels, and spinal discs.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend doing the same motion over and over.
  • Take frequent breaks from any position every 20-30 minutes.
  • If you’re working at a desk, move the items you use more frequently closer to you.
  • Use a footrest, adjust the height of your computer, and consult with a medical professional on utilizing an ergonomic keyboards/mouse.
  • Pay attention to any pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, or loss of strength and see a doctor before it becomes a full-blown injury.
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Kate Trimble
Kate began her career at Celebrity Staff in 2015 as a Staffing Assistant for the Des Moines team. She currently works as Celebrity Staff’s Social Media Recruiter (and loves it). Kate attended the University of Nebraska – Omaha and graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a Concentration in Foreign and National Security Affairs. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (M.S NCR) from Creighton University School of Law’s Werner Institute. Outside of her commitments with work and school, she enjoys surrounding herself with her friends, family, and furry family members.

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