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Office safety measures are evolving in interesting ways

We frequently write about the hazards that many New York workers face on a daily basis. Construction workers, dock workers, delivery personnel and even hospital workers must consistently work to avoid being physically harmed on the job. We also note with some regularity that even office workers may be harmed on the job if certain precautions are not taken.

It seems that many employers are embracing the idea that workplace accidents can be prevented in even the most seemingly safe office spaces. These employers are increasingly utilizing a variety of fairly odd measures in order to promote safety in the workplace.

For example, The Wall Street Journal reports that workers at Chevron’s headquarters in California may halt any seemingly dangerous activity during the course of the workday simply by producing a white “stop work” card to his or her co-workers. Apparently, these cards are treated with a great amount of respect. These kinds of employee-driven initiatives empower workers to prevent potential accidents before they happen.

Another example involves office park workers in Utah who are asked to detail the safety risks they encounter during specific workday activities. The hazards detailed in a simple trip to lunch may include the scalding hot coffee held by co-workers to the slip hazards caused by dripping umbrellas on an employee lunch deck. Detailing these hazards helps employers to better identify the risks that employees encounter as opposed to simply speculating about what hazards may or may not exist.

Interested employers and workers may wish to think outside the box and construct some new, employee-driven safety measures of their own.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Safety Cops Patrol the Office For High Heels,” Rachel Feintzeig and Alexandra Berzon, July 27, 2014

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