On construction sites and in workshops the hazards are highly visible

Invisible Office Dangers

On construction sites and in workshops, the hazards are highly visible. You can easily spot the steep drop from an unfinished window, the red hot forge, and sharp edge of a chisel. To further emphasise these dangers, they’re often highlighted with bright signs.

In the office, however, the dangers are often invisible – and very few of them have signs placed on them. These invisible dangers can cause just as much pain as an injury on a work site – but they’re also very easy to counter.

Poor Posture & Back Injuries

It’s now fairly well-known that correct posture at your desk is essential to avoiding back and neck injuries – but bad posture comes so naturally, that we all need regular refresher courses. Some signs you need to review your posture and desk set up:

–          You’re cradling your phone handset in your shoulder

–          You frequently rest your elbows on your desk

–          You find you’re leaning in to read your computer screen

–          You feel stiff at the end of the working day

Colds, Flus, and Bacteria

Workplaces are breeding grounds for germs and bugs. We load them full of people, heat them to a toasty temperature, and feed them scraps of food – ideal for them to multiply. Fortunately, not all bacteria are bad – but there are still enough baddies to make us sick, especially in the cold and flu season.

To prevent these silent baddies spreading, simply follow commonsense disease prevention – cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly and disinfect your desk – that’s right, your desk. It contains much more germs than the office toilet seat.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Using a computer for eight hours at work and then a few more hours at home can take its toll on your eyes. The myriad of eye problems that can result – including eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches – are referred to collectively as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Fortunately, CVS is easy to combat.

–          Take micro breaks from the screen and look at something else at a different distance –      A photo of your family on your desk is a great way to encourage breaks from the screen.

–          Plants help maintain humidity, combating the drying effects of air conditioning and lower blinking rates.

–          Adjust your screen display to ensure it has the optimal level of brightness, colour temperature, and text size. The brightness should be the same level as the surrounding background; the colour should emit less blue light than orange and red; and the text should be at your own comfortable level.

With a bit of awareness and some small steps, you can identify and counter the silent dangers of the office.

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