If you think only manual workers are susceptible to workplace injuries, think again. Even employees who work at air-conditioned corporate offices may suffer a range of workplace injuries. Poor ergonomics, inadequate lighting, and unhygienic office environment are common causes of some office injuries. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent most of these injuries. All you need is to identify the ergonomic issues at your office and take the right steps to rectify the problems. For instance, if a majority of your employees are suffering chronic neck pain or back pain, you may want to talk to a physiotherapy expert to find out where the problem is. Here are some tips on how to prevent three most common office injuries.
1. Slips, falls and trips
Slips, falls and trips account for a major percentage of workplace accidents. You may trip over loose wires or open drawers, slip on a wet floor or a loose carpet, and may even fall while using chairs as a ladder. Slip, fall, and trip injuries can be avoided to a large extent, if you can take some precautions. For instance, you can use safety signs for wet floors, fix any loose wires, keep the walkways clear, and use a proper ladder. Raising awareness among employees and encouraging them to put the right things in the right place can go a long way to help prevent or at least reduce the number of slip, trip, and fall injuries at office.
2. Ergonomic injuries
Most employees today spend long hours working on computers. Many of them experience chronic pain in the neck, back and arms due to bad workstation ergonomics. Sitting at an uncomfortable chair, not using height adjustable desks and keyboards, and not taking regular breaks are some common causes of ergonomic injuries. While physiotherapy treatment ensures speedy recovery from these injuries, it is always a good idea to resolve the problem from its root. Some physiotherapy clinics provide special programs to help identify the causes of ergonomic hazards at office and provide advice on how to improve your workstation setup. Some companies even conduct display screen equipment (DSE) risk assessment and lists down the best practices for using DSE.
Often, employees themselves can take steps to prevent ergonomic injuries. For instance, they should sit at a natural, relaxed posture; keep the computer screen at eye level and the elbows at 90-degree angle with the arms. It is also important to make sure that your thighs remain horizontal and your feet remain flat while you are sitting at your work desk.
3. Eye strain
Looking constantly at the computer screen often cause eye strains. It is advisable that you should take a break for at least five minutes every hour. If possible, splash cold water onto your eyes during the break. Another good idea would be to use anti-glare computer screens. Also, you should reduce the screen glare and increase the font size of computer texts to prevent eyestrain. In addition, consider undergoing eye tests at frequent intervals to detect any early signs of eye problems.