People sometimes move into the office from more physical jobs when they get older or feel their body is not up to it anymore.
While you are less likely to suffer a nasty accident in an office, they are far from risk-free. The injuries and illnesses they can cause occur more gradually but can last a lifetime.
Employers need to provide safe workplaces
Here are some of the areas employers need to attend to ensure worker safety:
- Lighting: Poor lighting can not only be ugly but dangerous. You need to read what is on your computer screen with ease. You should not be squinting due to too much or too little light.
- Ergonomics: Employers should ensure workstations are set up correctly for each individual. It means checking the desk height, seat height, keyboard and monitor position all work well for the person who uses that desk. If you are 6′ 3″ and take over from someone 5′ 5″, that will mean considerable changes. Poor setups increase the risk of repetitive strain injuries and back and neck injuries. Standing desks and ergonomic mouses and keypads can also help keep you injury-free.
- Air quality: Breathing poor air eight hours a day can soon take its toll.
- Noise: Aside from making it hard to concentrate, too much noise can lead to migraines and even hearing loss. This could be a particular risk if you work in an office serving a noisy industry – for example, an office on a construction site or in a factory.
If you spot issues that could harm your health, you can bring them up with your boss. If it is already too late and you have suffered an injury or illness, find out more about claiming workers’ compensation.