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Top Ten Safety Tips for 2022

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The new year nearly is here, and as we all return to the office, we thought we would remind you of some important safety tips for the office.

Some of these may seem obvious but can sometimes be dismissed, resulting in accidents.

Here are our top ten safety tips to look out for in 2022:

 

Tip #1 – Remove the Cardboard Diagram from your Plug

While this may seem harmless, it can be a considerable fire risk.

Plugs get hotter the longer they are plugged in, and by keeping the cardboard tag on, you risk the heat from the plug igniting the cardboard tag.

This, in turn, can break out into an electrical fire at the socket.

Keep an eye out for when people bring in new devices, as they may forget to remove the cardboard tag and continue to plug in their device.

 

Tip #2 – Don’t Try to Repair Wires with Tape

Patching up a wire with sellotape, or any kind of tape for that matter is dangerous.

More often than not, this doesn’t fix the issue and can result in a fire if not properly repaired.

Using electrical tape to patch up the wire should be used only as a temporary fix, and you should seek a professional repair if you find any breaks in a cable or wire.

 

Tip #3 – Don’t Block Fire Exits

This is a health and safety violation. It is crucial to keep all emergency exits clear, ready for people to evacuate the building in an emergency.

If fire exits are even partially blocked, people could trip in an emergency, and it will take longer to get people out of the building and risk lives.

 

Tip #4 – PAT Test Yearly

It is a legal requirement to maintain high safety standards in the office, including ensuring your electrical appliances are safe and fit for their purpose.

By PAT Testing yearly, you are not only protecting those who will be using the electrical equipment, but you will be making yourself compliant for insurance and awarding bodies.

 

Tip #5 – Clear Your Desk

Keeping a tidy desk will help you avoid spillages that could cover essential documents and fall onto your electrical devices.

By making sure your desk is clear, not only can this avoid damaging your documents, but you will save your device from potential accidents.

 

Tip #6 – Report Any Issue with Your Device Immediately

Damage to any device can potentially cause issues later down the line. Therefore, it is vital to report any problems with a faulty device immediately.

This could be if the device simply stops working or if your child or pet has damaged the device.

Reporting the issue means it can be fixed as soon as possible and avoid disruption later.

 

Tip #7 – Take a Break – Both in the Office & at Home

Making sure you take a break now and then helps you both reset and recharge.

Working through your lunch and not taking any break is detrimental to health and could result in personal burnout.

Be this in the office or at home. It is essential that you take at least two five-minute breaks and your lunch break to recharge and relax.

 

Tip #8 – Keep Good Posture

Your posture needs to be kept aligned, and protecting your back while at a desk will aid in keeping your back healthy for longer.

Using ergonomic furniture is a great way to keep your posture correct and comfortable when working.

 

Tip #9 – 20/20/20 Rule for Eye Strain

Take a small break from the screen using the 20/20/20 rule.

This rule consists of taking a mini-break from the screen every 20 minutes, taking 20 seconds to look 20 feet away.

In doing so, you can relieve eye strain and avoid damaging your sight from working at a computer all day.

 

Tip #10 – Keep Cables Separate

By keeping cables as separated as possible, you will avoid wires tangling up and clumping together.

Not only will this prevent people from tripping or catching on large bundles of wire, but it will help to prevent fires from forming if they are all connected to an extension cable.

If you are not sure if your office is following these safety tips, give us a call on 01444 812 171 or contact us at office@sussexfacilities.co.uk.

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