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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

12. OFFICE SAFETY

Office areas are typically safer than most other workplaces. However, hazards exist that can potentially cause illness and injury. Situations, materials and equipment that can lead to illness or injury can include the following:

Tripping hazards - electrical/phone cords, misplaced supplies, open file cabinet drawers

Back injury - improper lifting technique or too heavy of a load for one person

Falling - using equipment other than ladders to reach objects from higher places

File cabinets - tipping over with most of the weight in open top drawer or tripping over drawers that are left open (example)

Shock - using electrical equipment that is ungrounded, with frayed cords or unguarded (GFCI) in wet areas.

Fire - due to improper use of extension cords, surge protectors or multi-plug units

Chemical exposure - from glues, solvents, toners, cleaners, etc.

Computers - cumulative trauma disorder, eye strain, neck/shoulder/back pain.

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