Health & Safety - Office Risks 

It is a common misconception that office environments are so low risk that health and safety management is not necessary or a legal requirement.

Offices are indeed lower risk workplaces compared to industrial, agricultural, engineering or construction environments; however, there are significant hazards and hazardous activities in an office environment which must be adequately managed.

Common hazards in office environments include:

  • Fire
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Asbestos containing materials
  • Hazardous substances
  • Electrical supply and appliances
  • Work equipment
  • Stress
  • Bullying / harassment
  • Visitors
  • Gas appliances, flues, portable heaters
  • Dilapidated premises, fixtures and fittings
  • Display screen equipment/workstation ergonomics
  • Manual handling
  • Step ladders
  • Lone working
  • Medical emergency
  • Legionella
  • Building contractors / maintenance work

Many office workers may also be exposed to other risk for example if they need to visit clients outside of the office.

Thousands of accidents, ill health and even fatalities occur in office environments every year; costing organisations considerable expense and placing them at risk of enforcement action and criminal liability.

Office managers, directors and business owners all have a legal responsibility to ensure that health and safety is adequately managed in an office environment.

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