For many businesses, the transition back to the office has already begun. If you and your team will be making your way back to the workplace, now is the perfect time to think about office safety and explore tips to maintain a safe work environment.
Organizing the Office
In the same way that keeping your desk space organized can increase productivity and efficiency, organizing the office space ensures that you and your team know where to find the right tools, paperwork, or equipment every time. Consider who needs an item and at what point in the process it needs to be in their hands as you design your office layout. The less of a scramble there is to find things, the easier it will be to maintain a collected, safe workspace.
Preventing Physical Hazards
Home and corporate offices alike are brimming with devices and electronic equipment. Outlets, cords, and power strips are all potential safety hazards that you can manage with a bit of planning. You can keep cords neat with cable management sleeves or hook and loop wraps to lower the chances of someone tripping or accidentally unplugging devices. Overloaded power strips can be a fire hazard, so be mindful of the strip’s maximum plug load and avoid “daisy-chaining,” which is plugging one power strip into another power strip.
Keeping a Clean Workplace
Maintaining a clean workplace is an essential part of keeping yourself and your team safe. You need to disinfect surfaces like keyboards and doorknobs often to stop the spread of germs. Keeping the office carpets clean is important for several reasons. For one, they’re collectors of allergens, dander, and dirt, which people can unintentionally kick up into the air with every step. The same goes for air filters, which you should change or clean regularly.
To keep your office as safe as possible, it’s a good idea to schedule regular cleaning, organization, and maintenance so that nothing falls to the wayside. Creating plans and guidelines for your team can also help keep the whole office on board. After following these tips for maintaining a safe work environment, your team should be ready for a return to the office!