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Campus Emergency Management: National Safety Month, Office Safety


The leading types of disabling accidents that occur within the office are the result of falls, strains and overexertion, falling objects, striking against objects, and being caught in or between objects.

Fire and electrical safety are often items that workers overlook as well. Blocking sprinklers, portable fire extinguishers, propping open fire doors,  and blocking fire annunciation devices (strobes, horns) with shelving, boxes, or other items can limit how they operate (or access to) and cause life safety issues. NEVER block these items. With electrical safety, workers often bring things from home that are either not approved for commercial use or have not been properly inspected. Often certain powered items are placed next to combustible items that could cause a fire. Cords that are not maintained properly can cause electrical shock.

Ergonomics is another item that workers should pay attention to while in the office.  Whether sitting in an office all day or moving material in a warehouse, practicing good ergonomics can help workers stay healthy. If left untreated, ergonomic problems can result in muscle and joint injuries.

Please see the below link for the top 25 items that can affect office workers.  Questions or concerns, please contact Campus Safety.


Scott Campbell, Campus Emergency Management and Safety Officer
Safety Office – Facilities
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

201 East Street, Room 209
Memphis, TN, 38163

Email: Scampb62@uthsc.edu

(901) 448-1334 (W)
(504) 377-2619 (C)