Adventures in Officeland: Is Your Cubicle a Deathtrap?

By: Staff

Approximately how many injuries do American office workers sustain on the job each year?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), office workers sustain more than 75,000 injuries annually, including sprains, strains and broken bones.

Which of these office mishaps most often causes disabling injuries on the job?

OSHA reports that falls are most common cause of disabling injuries sustained at work.

Where should large office items like file cabinets and photocopiers be placed in a workspace?

Large items and equipment should be located in an area of the office with low foot traffic to protect against tripping over or walking into the equipment.

An employee who reports unsafe working conditions to OSHA is subject to what?

An employee who notifies OSHA about hazardous conditions at his or her workplace is legally protected from being fired, demoted or any other retaliatory behavior from the employer.

How do the majority of paper shredder accidents occur?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the majority of shredder-related injuries occur while feeding paper into the machine.

Which of the following is a proper safety precaution for using a file cabinet?

When using the file cabinet, you should only open one drawer at a time to avoid tip-overs from uneven weight distribution, and be sure that all the drawers are closed before walking away.

What are safety scissors?

Safety scissors feature plastic guards along the blades and rounded ends instead of sharp tips.

Why do paper cuts hurt more than other types of skin cuts?

Unlike incisions from razor blades or scissors, paper deposits material in the wound as it cuts, which causes that all-too-familiar sting.

Which of the following is a common cause of paper cuts?

Paper cuts are often caused by a single sheet of paper that has been slightly dislocated from a stack so that the handler doesn't notice a sharp protruding edge.

Which of these employees is more likely to be injured on the job?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of injuries among private industry workers was 3.4 per 100 full-time workers in 2010, while the rate in the public sector was 5.7 per 100.

When using a staple remover, what should you do first?

A staple remover should be used to open the prongs of the staple from behind, with the document face down; then remove the staple by pulling on the front of it after the document is flipped over.

Which of the following is an indication that you are correctly sitting in an office chair?

When sitting in the chair, your feet should rest flat on the floor; your thighs should be parallel to the ground; and the seat front should not press against the back of your knees or lower legs.

Proper photocopying machine care includes which of the following?

The machine's document cover should be closed while in use to avoid exposing your eyes to potentially damaging light. The machine should be in a well-ventilated area to minimize indoor air pollution.

Which of the following should be done to avoid falling and tripping accidents?

Office floors should be cleaned regularly and cleared of any loose material to prevent falling and tripping accidents.

Which of the following types of records are employers required to keep?

Federal and state laws require employers to keep track of occupational deaths, injuries and illnesses, and to make certain reports to OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including documentation of any fatalities or accidents that result in three or more employees going to the hospital.

What is a cable raceway?

A cable raceway is a plastic guard that shields cords, wires and cables from foot traffic in walkways.

When should a paper shredder be unplugged?

To avoid injury, a paper shredder should be unplugged when not in use or when you're attempting to clear a paper jam.

When should office cleaning take place?

Employers should schedule office cleaning for times when most employees are not in the office to avoid exposing them to cleaners and chemicals.

Which of these safety precautions should be taken when storing office cleaning products?

Cleaning products should always be stored in their original containers so that users know which products they are using and can refer to safety instructions.

Employees should do which of the following if a copy machine is leaking toner or other chemicals?

You should avoid direct skin contact with leaking chemicals and promptly wipe up any spills.

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