Risk Control

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General Office Safety


Extension Cords and Surge Protectors

  • Extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets
  • Do not overload power strips and surge protectors
  • Ensure power strips and surge protectors have an UL approved label
  • Connect power strips and surge protectors directly into a wall outlet. Do not connect multiple power strips or surge protectors together.
  • Avoid overloading circuits by plugging too many items into the same outlet
  • Avoid the use of "multi-plug" adaptors and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle


Slips, Trips and Falls

Approximately 13 percent of all workers' compensation cases are due to injuries sustained from falling or slipping on the job. Several steps can be taken to ensure a safe work area:

  • Be on the lookout for unsafe conditions which may lead to slips and falls
  • Watch out for foreign substances on the floor
  • Clean footwear thoroughly when entering the building
  • Keep walkways and aisles clear of trash and potential hazards
  • Use handrails on stairs or ramps
  • Ask for help when a load is heavy or bulky, or use the elevator
  • Practice ladder safety
  • Be sure scaffolds are properly assembled
  • Remember safe lifting techniques

For questions or comments regarding general office safety, contact Risk Control at 512.499.4661.



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