Risk Assessment for Office Activities
Marie Gabutin Perez
22 July 2010
The office working environment may seem a fairly commonplace and safe location compared to the factory or assembly line environment but there are still risks present in the office environment which could lead to injuries or serious accidents. There are obvious risks such as fires which can happen anywhere but also specific office based issues such as moving furniture or slipping on wet floors. Some offices may have tiled or lino flooring in kitchen areas or near entrances which when wet can be quite slippery. If it is raining outside then as people enter the building and walk on the floor they will bring in a lot of rainwater which could make the entrance to the office incredibly hazardous if it won’t mop it up. Likewise if any spilled liquids in the kitchen area then people could slip and fall there too, therefore it's important that either mop up the spill or clearly mark out the area with a sign or note and inform a cleaner or the management about the hazard. Some of the areas of the work environment that require special attention include chemical hazards, workstation design, equipment, task design, and chemical or environmental hazards, if applicable. Other than these, there are also hazards associated with the physical environment which may include the space in general, ventilation, temperature, light, and other such factors. Apart from that, there are also psychological factors associated with personal interactions, job control, performance, and the work place. The electrical equipment that is operational in the working environment also poses some threat and hazard to the people handling the equipment. There are chances of electric shock and burn injuries, electrical shorts and fire, or even electrocution. In order to prevent electrical accidents from occurring, it is essential for the equipment to be inspected on regular basis, and moreover, any equipment that is defective in any way should be reported and replaced immediately. The comfort level of the Imdaad staff members at workplace during working hours should be given special consideration when designing workstations. Failure in doing so can result in the Imdaad staff members going through musculoskeletal disorders. The most frequent case of this can be a chronic soft tissue injury, which is called the Occupational Overuse Syndrome. Another potential safety hazard that may occur in workstations is the height at which storage spaces and shelves are located. This can cause people to fall or even trip and break a bone. In order to prevent this from happening, the most recommended option is to place these spaces at safe heights. However, if there is need for a high storage space, then the person who is to deal with the task should be provided enough training in dealing with the height and taking precautionary measures. A health hazard may occur in workplace in the form of indoor air pollutants. These can be the cause of respiratory ailments. In order to avoid this, the air conditioning system should be cleaned properly, and the appliances and machines that give out exhausts should be placed in locations where there is enough ventilation. The noise in the workplace can also pose some problems resulting in stress and tension, thereby being a threat to the psychological health of a person. The first step to prevent this can be by having quiet equipment in the workplace and maintaining good decorum and silence. 2. BACKGROUND
IMDAAD is a facilities management company in a ground floor, residential block of 4-storey building in International city located at Emirates Road, Dubai.
Twelve staff settled inside the administration office and approximately 50 operations staff on site who frequently in and out of the office. The office contains typical office furniture and equipment. There is a small pantry, where drinks can be prepared and food heated, and a toilet. It is cleaned...
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