Safety & Health in the Office and Classroom Work Environment
What are some of the hazards we encounter in classrooms? <ul><li>Ergonomic issues; </li></ul><ul><li>Fire & evacuation; </...
Start your day off safely… Dress for success <ul><li>Wear comfortable, and within standards uniforms to allow free movemen...
Slips, Trips & Falls <ul><li>The #1 cause of classroom student/instructor injuries!  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level surfaces,...
Layout: <ul><li>Classroom and Office areas are established with the assistance & approval of the Facilities Maintenance, S...
Lighting: <ul><li>Areas that are not lit adequately, or are lit too much, can cause headache, strain, and fatigue. </li></...
“Housekeeping” <ul><li>Avoid: </li></ul><ul><li>Storage or placement of objects in aisles, below knee level, or on other “...
<ul><li>Chairs should remain squarely on the floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Casters on all chairs should be secured and all part...
Good posture is essential to your health & safety! <ul><li>3 natural curves. </li></ul><ul><li>Seated posture puts lots of...
Chairs: <ul><li>Some adjustments to check out… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seat height, depth, angle/tilt,  </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Your Health & Safety Requires Stretching/Exercise “Breaks”! <ul><li>Two types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aerobic exercise </li...
11% of Injuries = “Struck by or between” <ul><li>Struck by or between what??? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doors, </li></ul></ul>...
Electrical Safety: <ul><li>Shut off electrical equipment not in use! </li></ul><ul><li>Properly equipped with grounding pr...
Chemical Safety <ul><li>What chemicals do we use in the classroom/office? </li></ul><ul><li>Read the label & hazard warnin...
Report injuries & “near-hits” <ul><li>Learn from near-misses to prevent serious injuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Report injurie...
Emergencies: <ul><li>During a fire, bomb threat, or other emergency, spread the word, and get your class out and accounted...
General Classroom/Office Safety Hazard Control Summary <ul><li>Proper, well-designed layout of classroom/office, furniture...
General Hazard Control - continued <ul><li>Proper materials handling & storage areas; </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of wal...
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  1. 1. Safety & Health in the Office and Classroom Work Environment
  2. 2. What are some of the hazards we encounter in classrooms? <ul><li>Ergonomic issues; </li></ul><ul><li>Fire & evacuation; </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical cords & equipment; </li></ul><ul><li>Heat-generating sources; </li></ul><ul><li>Hand & powered tools & equipment; </li></ul><ul><li>Office machines (copiers, paper cutters, shredders, jammed machines); </li></ul><ul><li>Chemicals; </li></ul><ul><li>Slips, trips, falls; </li></ul><ul><li>Housekeeping; </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture/Class room layout; </li></ul><ul><li>Motor vehicle accidents (to and from class). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Start your day off safely… Dress for success <ul><li>Wear comfortable, and within standards uniforms to allow free movement of hips & to maintain natural spinal curves. </li></ul><ul><li>NO open-toed shoes and sandals, This is a Maintenance Environment , steel toed boot are a must in Labs. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear comfortable footwear with a low heel to reduce leg and back strain & to help prevent slips and falls. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Slips, Trips & Falls <ul><li>The #1 cause of classroom student/instructor injuries! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level surfaces, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elevated surfaces - standing on chairs, falling out of chairs, falling down stairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing areas, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parking lots. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep aisles clear. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Walk like a duck” on slippery surfaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the handrail on stairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Report deficient conditions to Safety Office or Facilities Maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>Hold onto chair seats/arms when attempting to sit. </li></ul><ul><li>Approved step stools & ladders only. </li></ul><ul><li>Wipe up spills. </li></ul><ul><li>Walk, don’t run. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Layout: <ul><li>Classroom and Office areas are established with the assistance & approval of the Facilities Maintenance, Safety Office and proper classroom layout for instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency exits & passageways established & must be maintained. </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture & equipment arranged, so far as possible, to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid chairs and equipment jutting into walkways; Avoid drawers from opening into walkways or doorways; Obstruct the view around corners or partitions. Do not obstruct any electrical panels. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Lighting: <ul><li>Areas that are not lit adequately, or are lit too much, can cause headache, strain, and fatigue. </li></ul><ul><li>Color plays a big role in eye fatigue. </li></ul><ul><li>Use adjustable task lighting for tasks that require greater illumination. </li></ul><ul><li>Take visual “breaks” every 30 minutes. Make sure all students can see from their seat in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Get regular eye exams…let your eye doc know if you are working at a computer! </li></ul>
  7. 7. “Housekeeping” <ul><li>Avoid: </li></ul><ul><li>Storage or placement of objects in aisles, below knee level, or on other “office-type” floor surfaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Overflowing, heavy wastebaskets. </li></ul><ul><li>Dust accumulations. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain: </li></ul><ul><li>A positive condition of office/instructional equipment in and around work area. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an orderly arrangement in all areas, especially storage. </li></ul><ul><li>Storage must be 18” or more below sprinkler heads. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Chairs should remain squarely on the floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Casters on all chairs should be secured and all parts of the chair should be sturdy & should not present a hazard to the user. </li></ul><ul><li>Close drawers when not in use. </li></ul><ul><li>Open drawers slowly and carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid overloading filing cabinets, and distribute the weight of materials stored in cabinet to avoid tipping. </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture should be selected and maintained without sharp edges, points, or burrs. </li></ul>Furniture Safety:
  9. 9. Good posture is essential to your health & safety! <ul><li>3 natural curves. </li></ul><ul><li>Seated posture puts lots of strain on your body! </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggerated curves are bad. </li></ul><ul><li>Stretch frequently. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain or build strength. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Chairs: <ul><li>Some adjustments to check out… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seat height, depth, angle/tilt, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back height, adjustability, and angle/tilt, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lumbar support, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arm rest height, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Swivel. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Another pair of eyes. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Your Health & Safety Requires Stretching/Exercise “Breaks”! <ul><li>Two types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aerobic exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro breaks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Micro Breaks: short breaks to relax, restore, re-nourish, gently stretch. Not to go smoke, but relax the instruction for a short period of time in class. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 11% of Injuries = “Struck by or between” <ul><li>Struck by or between what??? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doors, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office machines & equipment dropped on feet; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Falling objects (from cabinets & storage locations); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy machines; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Addressing” machines and fans; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper cutters. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Electrical Safety: <ul><li>Shut off electrical equipment not in use! </li></ul><ul><li>Properly equipped with grounding prongs. </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical cords should be visually inspected on a periodic basis to identify frayed and worn cords. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain electrical cords in areas out of walkways and passageways. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid extension cords in office areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Surge protectors may not be overloaded and may not be used as an “extension cord” for other office equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t overload outlets and surge protectors! </li></ul><ul><li>Combustible material, such as paper, may not be stored on or in close proximity to electrical outlets and connections. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Chemical Safety <ul><li>What chemicals do we use in the classroom/office? </li></ul><ul><li>Read the label & hazard warnings. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Handle & store the material properly, in accordance with the MSDS. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Report injuries & “near-hits” <ul><li>Learn from near-misses to prevent serious injuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Report injuries to your Safety PO or the Safety Office </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Goal: Prevent Recurrence! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Emergencies: <ul><li>During a fire, bomb threat, or other emergency, spread the word, and get your class out and accounted for. </li></ul><ul><li>Go over the pre-mishap plan </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure primary & secondary exits are clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan where to meet and muster </li></ul><ul><li>If someone is missing report it to the chain of command ASAP! </li></ul>
  17. 17. General Classroom/Office Safety Hazard Control Summary <ul><li>Proper, well-designed layout of classroom/office, furniture, equipment, lighting; </li></ul><ul><li>Ergonomic evaluation & correction of workstations; </li></ul><ul><li>Small appliance control ; </li></ul><ul><li>Proper electrical wiring & properly grounded electrical service; </li></ul>
  18. 18. General Hazard Control - continued <ul><li>Proper materials handling & storage areas; </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of walking surfaces; </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency planning; </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of fire prevention & control program; </li></ul><ul><li>Contractor & visitor safety rules. </li></ul>

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