Office Safety and Hazards
FILE CABINETS & SHELVING UNITS
Incident: File cabinet hazard due to soft carpet
1 Shows cabinet which tipped over on chair and desk
Recommendation for Office Safety
1. File Cabinets & Shelves
High cabinets (photo2) may need to be fastened to a wall, the floor, or bolted together. High shelving units (photo 3) can also be a tipping hazard and should be checked for stability. Unsecured cabinets have fallen over, blocking doors and damaging furniture. A full top drawer with empty or partially filled bottom drawers can cause the cabinet to tip over.
Also new cushy carpeting may allow the cabinets to tilt slightly forward when the upper drawer is opened and allow a normally stable unit to tip over. Also the better cabinet units will not allow more than one drawer to be open at a time to minimize the possiblity of tipping. If you have tall cabinet units that can easily be swayed (tilted) due to soft flooring or if the units allow more than one drawer to open at a time, then EH&S recommends that they be fastened to prevent them from tipping over.
Photo 2 Lateral
Photo 3 High shelving
3. Extension Cords
Similarly surge protectors are often incorrectly used as extension cords and
are very frequently overloaded electrically. Surge protector are designed for
low amperage use for computers, monitors, and similar electronic devices. They
are not to be used for high amperage units, such as coffee makers, heaters,
refrigerators, etc. They are to be plugged directly into a wall or floor
outlet, i.e. not daisy chained to another surge protector or extension cord. For more guidance on the proper selection and use of extension cords, see the
safety section on
extension cord & surge units.
4. Electrical Appliances
5. Office Equipment