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Officewise

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Officewise is a very detailed publication on office safety.

 

For most workers this is far to much information to be of any interest, however, as issues arise or as issues are brought up it is a very useful source to go back to.

 

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University of New South Wales - Occupational Health and Safety - OHS Hazards

University of New South Wales - Occupational Health and Safety - OHS Hazards | Hazards in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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The University of New South Wales OHS Guide outlines hazards in the office environment.  Jon can use this guideline to familiarise himself with the hazards in his workplace. This guideline is not overly specific however it does cover the majority of OHS hazards in most office workplaces.

 

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Office hazards: Photocopiers, printers etc - OHS Reps

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Copiers, printers and shredders are some of the most used machines in Jon's role. These machines seem very harmless, however, they pose a serious risk if those using them are complacent. 

 

The guideline linked provides ways to eliminate and control the risks caused by these machines. Not only will this guideline help Jon it will help all of his workmates from senior to junior staff.

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Hearing loss - communication in the workplace - Better Health Channel

Hearing loss - communication in the workplace - Better Health Channel | Hazards in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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Answering phone calls is a large part of Jon's job and the majority of his work mates. As he uses handset phones and the volume is analog and not digital a lot of calls vary in noise. Jon said quite calls followed by louder speaking customers is a very big issue for his hearing at work. His employer is looking into correcting this with digital phones and volume corrected lines.

 

The better health channel article is great for managers and workers as well to better understand hearing loss due to phone calls.

 

The page also teaches workers how to manage these OHS issues in their workpalce.

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Natural light in office boosts health

Natural light in office boosts health | Hazards in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, a study shows. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," said the senior study author.

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
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OHS isn't just about staying safe it also means staying healthy. As Jon works in an office environment Natural Light isn't always guaranteed. Jon has assured me that majority of his light between normal 9-5 working hours is in fact natural light.

 

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:48 PM

How about students? "Employees with windows in the workplace ... slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows."

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Online Sales Person

Online Sales Person | Hazards in the Workplace | Scoop.it

In todays day and age internet shopping is becoming more and more popular. There are many business' around the country relying on internet orders to keep them afloat. Most do not know what goes on behind the scenes when they place their orders. There are many workers working 9-5 that won't be seen by the public, very little thought is given to these peoples working conditions.

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Jon processes online orders for a large online sporting goods store. Jon’s role is to input items into quotes, making sure the items that are to be sent are correct, take the quote to invoice to charge the customer and arrange freight. As Jon’s job is an office job the majority of OHS issues he faces are ergonomic based, although occasionally orders around 15kg will need to be processed. Jon says diligence is needed to make sure no injuries occur in the confined office when large parcels are being moved. To reduce the risk of an injury occurring from heavy and awkward parcels they are mostly left stationary and not moved around the office like smaller orders. As the store sells fishing gear sharp hooks is something Jon has to keep an eye out for, although the risk of serious injury is low the fact that hooks are barbed means that processors need to be careful at all times to prevent a trip to hospital.

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