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Key Health & Safety Tips for Clerical & Administrative Worker

(These tips are suggested by Queensland Government, Australia, most of which can be used in other countries)

These health and safety tips provide general information on ways to manage the most common hazards and risks in your industry. By following this guidance you will be going a long way to effectively managing health and safety in your workplace. However, every workplace is different and you must not take this information as being all that you need to do.

Manual tasks
Office layout
Hazardous substances
Slips, trips and falls
Workstation layout and equipment
Stress/bullying/occupational violence
Tips for workers

Activities/instructions More information
Make the work safe by:

  • Using a risk management approach to identify, assess and control workplace hazards.  Consult with staff throughout this process and when making changes e.g. trialling new equipment.
  • Considering the workers and the type of work being performed in the design of work areas e.g. workers of different stature will have different seating needs as well as desk height requirements that need to be accommodated.
  • Ensuring all workers are trained to identify the risk factors and how to make appropriate adjustments to their workstation as well as about relevant procedures such as how to report safety or maintenance issues.

Remember, everyone is responsible for workplace health and safety.

Manual tasks
Activities/instructions More information
  • Make sure all workers have been trained to perform the task safely
  • Avoid working in awkward positions. Workers should:
    • work in the straightest forward facing position with their arms close to their body
    • vary their position frequently and not stand, sit, kneel or squat for long periods
    • minimise bending and over-reaching by adjusting working platforms for use at different working heights and storing items between hip and shoulder height.
  • Suggest to your employer:
    • how tasks can be rearranged to break up repetitive work
    • changes that can be made to workstations to make your work safer.
  • For highly repetitive work or work done over a long duration, workers should:
    • take appropriate breaks
    • vary work duties or working positions
    • change work practices
    • obtain equipment to avoid repetitive actions or prolonged tasks, such as trolleys and steps to reduce the need to hold or carry objects or stretch to reach high shelves.

Please read more in the following source.

Source: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Government, Australia http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/documents/showDoc.html?WHS%20Fast%20Facts/hospitality%20-%20clerical%20and%20administrative%20worker

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