As Australia's economy continues to transition from primary production to services, corporate or office environments are becoming more common workplaces. Some stereotypes place 'white collar' workers as low risk. But the numbers do not bear this out. Many claims are made from office environments, such as psychosocial, manual handling, ergonomic and vision impairment. And other activities such as site inspections, sales, and other vehicle-related activities actually bear more risk than many 'blue collar' occupations.
There are prudent measures organisations can take to prepare for these hazards. These include:
- ensuring facilities and office working environments meet regulatory standards, via regular inspections
- managing work-related travel through simple tools such as journey management plans and procedures. These might include rules for periodical driving breaks
- there are many different workplace cultural and stress surveys that can be used to managed psychosocial risk
- initial and ongoing ergonomic assessments can prevent many musculoskeletal diseases and injuries
Heinrichs Safety can assist you with each of these measures. Together we can prepare your business to manage its corporate health and safety risk. Sensible planning allows you to get ahead of the risk and reduce your health and safety risk exposure.