Office Safety Checklist
(Should be able to answer yes to the following where applicable)
- Are aisles, doorways, and corners free of obstructions to permit visibility and movement?
- Are file cabinets and storage closets arranged so drawers and doors do not open into walkways?
- Do file drawers open and close easily?
- Do chairs have any loose casters? Are all rungs and legs sturdy?
- Are there any sharp edges, points, burrs, or splinters on furniture?
- Are all fans adequately guarded?
- Are all tools in their proper places?
- Are sharp tools such as scissors and razor blades stored point/blade down?
- Are materials stored in plastic or metal containers when possible, with tight-fitting lids?
- If your office is equipped with storage cabinets, are heavy items stored in lower and middle shelves? Are bottled materials within easy reach?
- Are small, loose items boxed and labeled?
- Are floor surfaces clean? Dry? Free of debris or tools?
- Are carpets well secured? Free of worn or frayed seams?
- Are all emergency exits adequately lighted and free of storage or debris?
- Is there adequate walking space approaching exits?
- Where stairs are carpeted, is the carpeting well secured?
- Is your office equipped with a stepstool or ladder for employees to safely reach high objects?
- Is there any exposed live electrical equipment, e.g., switch/receptacle plates missing, frayed wires, etc?
- Are all electrical appliances and equipment properly grounded or double insulated? Are outlet boxes properly grounded?
- Is all electrical equipment in good working condition?
- Are phone lines, electrical cords, and extension wires secured under desk or alongside baseboards?
- When cords do run into walkways, are they covered by runners or cord protectors?
- If there are coffee makers, space heaters, radios, or other personal items in your office, are you sure the building's electrical circuit system can handle them?
- Is there a minimum of three feet unobstructed access to electrical breaker panels? (not blocked)
- Is office furniture and computer layout ergonomically designed to properly fit user?
- Are desk chairs fully adjustable, i.e. seat, seatback and armrest height and angle?
- Do chairs properly fit the user to provide support to the legs and lumbar (lower back) area?
- Are computer workstations situated in a manner that allows the user to work at a neutral position without turning or twisting?
- Are frequent telephone users provided with receiver shoulder rests or headsets?
- Are glare shields or louvered fluorescent lighting covers utilized to prevent eyestrain?
- Are keyboards and mouse devices positioned to provide level support for the arms and wrists?
- Are hand-trucks or a two person rule used to lift and/or move heavy boxes?
- Do employees take frequent stretch breaks to prevent repetitive strain to the back, shoulders, neck, hands and wrists?
Source: U.S. Navy