Employers in Georgia are expected to provide safe facilities for their employees in order to minimize the chance of workplace injuries. Even in an office setting, there are several areas which may present a danger to employees if not maintained properly. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, people who work at a desk for long periods of time are susceptible to injuries such as back and eye strain. Employers should provide their workers with high quality, ergonomic chairs which provide optimal back support. Additionally, adjusting the lighting to compensate for extended computer use may be helpful.
Office workers are also at risk for slips and falls. These accidents may occur as a direct result of unsafe conditions in the workplace. Therefore, managers and employers should keep the office clear of loose rugs, cords stretching across aisles and open drawers. Liquid spills should be cleaned up immediately, and wet floors should be clearly marked with caution signs. Keeping the office neat and maintaining clear walkways may lower the risk of falls and the resulting injuries.
The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Human Resources Management encourages employers to help their staff minimize the chance of injury. If an office lacks adequate space or is not arranged efficiently, accidents such as falling objects, pinched fingers or strained necks and backs may occur. Managers should provide a work space which allows for proper posture and adequate space for the proper storage of materials. Employees should also be educated on how to lift heavier objects, as well as how to arrange their workstations for optimal comfort and support.