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Office Worker Safety Training

office safety trainingJust because you spend your days working in an office, doesn’t mean that you are completely safe from hazards and potential on the job injuries. An office is still filled with people, and people are prone to mistakes that can lead to minor or severe accidents. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Office Workers.

OSHA Required Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:

When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Workplace Violence

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Workplace Violence Training Resources (free):

  • Workplace Violence Powerpoint

  • Workplace Violence Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Workplace Violence Training Videos (paid):

  • Workplace Violence by Atlantic Training

  • Safety Matters: Active Shooter Preparedness by Coastal Training

  • Workplace Violence First Line of Defense by Coastal Training

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Wellness & Fitness

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Wellness & Fitness Training Resources (free):

  • Wellness & Fitness Powerpoint

  • Wellness & Fitness Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Wellness & Fitness Training Videos (paid):

  • Wellness and Fitness by Atlantic Training

  • Shiftwork Fatigue by Atlantic Training

  • Employee Wellness Taking Care Of You by Coastal Training / DuPont

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

Office Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Office Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Office Safety Powerpoint

  • Office Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Office Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Office Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Office Safety Basics by Atlantic Training

  • Computer Workstation Safety by Atlantic Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

1.3% (rough approximation based on administrative and support services industry) 1.3% Annual Injury Rate

Office Worker Safety Tips

Quick Tip

Sitting for long periods of time in the same position can lead to severe strain on the neck and back, especially staring at a computer screen. Take the time to get up and move around the office to stretch your legs; it will help you to avoid sustaining a long-term injury.

Just because you spend your days working in an office, doesn’t mean that you are completely safe from hazards and potential on the job injuries. An office is still filled with people, and people are prone to mistakes that can lead to minor or severe accidents. Being alert and always putting the safety of yourself and your co-workers first will help reduce the likelihood of these accidents. It’s also a good idea to know exactly what to do in the event of a major emergency in your office. You never know what will happen, so preparing for the worst will help keep you at your best.

In The Office

  • Know the safety procedures of your building well. Make note of the location of emergency exits and practice regular fire drills so that you know exactly what to do in the event of a fire. Practice drills in the office so everyone knows what he or she needs to do.
  • Keep walkways clear of junk and clutter to reduce tripping and make evacuations easier.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher and locate them in your surrounding area so you can quickly put out any potential for fires in your workspace.
  • Lean the proper procedures for handling other disaster situations as well, such as earthquakes or tornados. In the event of a tornado, stay away from windows and mirrors; protect your head with your hands. In the event of an earthquake, stay in doorframes and away from objects that might fall off of walls.
  • Know the location of first aid kits and how to use them in the event of minor emergencies.
  • Take your breaks regularly and stay rested. A good night’s sleep and a bit of fresh air in between your duties will help you to stay sharp and focused.
  • Use proper lifting techniques. If you have to lift any heavy items, never lift more than you can comfortably handle and always lift with you legs, never the back.

Stay Healthy

  • Keep your work area clean and sanitized. Germs spread fast in an office environment. Make sure that you are cleaning up after yourself with disinfectants to stop the spread of illness.
  • Don’t come to work if you are sick. If you are contagious, you are putting everyone else around you at risk for getting sick as well.
  • Exercise and eat properly when at home to support a strong immune system.

Communicate

  • Develop proper communication with your co-workers and bosses.
  • When reviewing emergency procedures, practice fire or other disaster drills and assign certain employees certain roles so everyone knows exactly what to do.
  • Be aware of any allergies and tell your co-workers. Some allergies can be quite severe and triggered at any time. Knowing if you have any serious potential reactions, and telling those around you about them will help you to limit your exposure.

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