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OHS Compliance In A Business Office? What You Need To Know

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OHS stands for "Occupational Health and Safety." It is the set of regulations governing the welfare, safety, health, and well-being of all employees, regardless of the type of business or company for which they work. OHS compliance training services seek to train all incoming employees of the work standards and regulations for the jobs they will do. In an office setting where everyone sits in a cubicle all day, you might not think that there is any OHS regulations that office employees would need to follow. However, there are plenty of regulations for safety that exist for office employees. 

Evacuation Plans

You are in an office building. If the building starts on fire, if it is bombed and part of it explodes and/or crumbles, if there is a tornado and you are in a building with a lot of glass windows, etc.; all of these present a unique set of safety challenges for which your boss has to construct an evacuation or safety plan. If you do not know where to go in the event of a fire, a tornado, or any other disaster, you should know exactly where to look for evacuation information. It should also be part of every employee's OHS training. 

Blue Light/Screen Protection

Working at a computer all day can cause a lot of vision problems. Eye strain, dry eye, migraines, and even vision changes are all signs that employees are not getting or taking enough breaks away from their computer screens. OHS has a set of regulations specifically created for this situation. These regulations are meant to protect employees' eyes and vision, and it is important to follow them. 

Shredding, Cutting, and Changing Toner Ink Cartridges

People lose bits of their fingers, parts of their clothes, and even skin off of their hands when they come too close to a shredding machine that they do not know is on, or the machine has jammed. Any cutting instruments in the work place also require their own set of OHS regulations. Copiers that use toner ink cartridges typically use powdered ink, which when aspirated by an employee, can cause serious lung issues. All of these things are covered under the business safety concerns. 

Gas Leaks

Gas leaks do not happen often, but when they do, it is important to get all of the employees out of the building. Not only are these gas leaks highly explosive and dangerous, but also can cause headaches, dizziness, and fainting if people do not get adequate fresh air. 

To learn more, consider talking to an OHS compliance training service.