Staying Safe By Recognizing Hidden Work Hazards

Knowledge is power and in the office or work environment, there are a lot of accidents, incidents and health risks that you can avoid when you know what to look for or what to avoid when it comes to hazards. Our goal in this article is to simply point out some of the simple things that can lead to unfortunate circumstances within the workplace. We’ll show you some of the things you should look out for…

In terms of falls, you should:

  • Stay clutter free
  • Avoid using makeshift step-ups
  • Ensure you have a clear vision line
  • Ensure that your flooring has some traction
  • Shut drawers, cabinets and other obstructions
  • Be careful not to be struck or caught by objects
  • Stack items carefully
  • Ensure proper signage for slip hazards

In terms of hazard reduction, you should:

  • Identify and remove any hazards
  • Use all applicable PPE
  • Keep the work area well ventilated
  • Properly store and label hazardous materials
  • Set up guardrails and warning signs
  • Secure any loose tools at heights

In terms of ergonomic injuries, you should:

  • Provide equipment that’s adjustable
  • Train workers on equipment use
  • Stay grounded on your feet
  • Use document holders
  • Have correct mouse placement
  • Have supportive chairs

In terms of vision problems, you should:

  • Use task lamps and dim lights
  • Position monitors carefully
  • Minimize the glare on the screen
  • Wear your glasses if prescribed
  • Make the computer font larger
  • Give your eyes a break in regular intervals
  • Wear safety goggles whenever recommended

In terms of fire safety, you should:

  • Ensure that all cords are in good condition
  • Inspect space heaters
  • Don’t obstruct fire sprinklers
  • Don’t obstruct fire escapes or escape routes
  • Know all possible escape routes incase one is blocked
  • Know where all fire extinguishers are located


A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. Since Advanced Consulting and Training Ltd.’s founding, their diverse team of certified health and safety professionals have taken great pride in their ability to deliver prompt, cost-effective and relevant workplace health and safety solutions. As a CPO approved, TSSA accredited, and WSIB approved provider, we look forward to discussing how ACT can help with your company’s safety requirements. Contact us today for more information relating to courses such as:

Health & Safety Representative

Joint Health & Safety Committee

Mandatory Safety Awareness

…and more!


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