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The Modern Office Brings Emerging Risks

Pioneered in the workplaces of Silicon Valley, employee benefits, such as climbing walls, foosball tables, video games and the ability to bring pets into the office, are all emerging trends that emphasize collaboration and creativity. Risks that business owners might not have considered when implementing such programs include, but are not limited to, falls, strains and sprains, allergic reactions and bites. What started out as a way to promote productivity could lead to unexpected workplace injuries.

Workplace Hazards

Having a conference bike or a treadmill desk might create an innovative atmosphere, but an injured employee or client could bring an end to the fun quickly, with lost work days and legal liability. These types of alternative workstations could pose a risk for employees or clients. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) requires employers to provide a workplace that is free of known health and safety hazards. Employers should consider the safe design of new types of furniture, including conference bikes and treadmill desks, and assess and control any potential risks.

The Use of Mobile Devices

Are your employees working on the go or multitasking on their devices while they are in the office? Hours spent looking down at a smartphone or tablet puts a heavy burden on the neck and spine, and repetitive texting could injure thumbs. A formal policy on the appropriate use of mobile devices in the office can help protect employees from injury. Learn more about ergonomics at work. Read More

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