Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014
Job injuries in the home office are a real threat. Learn how to avoid them.

What is this perfect storm developing in home offices across our great land?

It is the convergence of three forces:

Combine these three factors – the growing number of home office workers, the proclivity for accidents and injuries, and the lack of safety regulation enforcement– and what you get is a possible recipe for looming disaster for the home employed.

If you and/or your employees work from home, now is the time to educate yourself about some of the most common home office hazards – use this guide to learn how to protect yourself, your employees and your family:

Walking Surfaces

Remember, falls are one of the most common causes of home accidents – don’t become another statistic.

Fire Safety

One of the greatest dangers in the home is fire.

Electrical Safety

Air Quality

Poor air quality in the home office can cause or exacerbate a number of respiratory maladies; cause eye, nose and throat irritation; and in the case of carbon monoxide poisoning – even lead to death. Here are some things you can do to improve the air quality in your home office:

Office Practices

Computer Workstations

Computer-related injuries and illnesses can be avoided with some simple ergonomically sensible applications:

Child Safety

If you have young children and expect them to spend any time in your home office, it’s time to “childproof” your working space.

Should you or another worker become injured in your home office, it is imperative that you have readily available an adequately stocked first aid kit. Consider keeping a separate kit for home office use only. And be sure to seek medical treatment when warranted.

Always remember, whether you work at corporate headquarters or at a small home office, office safety – and the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses – should be one of your utmost priorities.

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