Office Safety

  1. Keep unattended drawers and doors closed in desks, file cabinets, etc., to eliminate sources of cuts, abrasions, or tripping hazards.
  2. Open the top drawer of file cabinets slowly, standing to one side of the file cabinet. When you finish with one file drawer, close it before opening another.
  3. Fill the lowest drawer in a file cabinet first to reduce the chance of its tipping over. Place heavy objects in the bottom drawers.
  4. When seated, keep your chair firmly on the floor. Tipping it backwards on its rear legs invites an accident and possible injury.
  5. Do not operate or attempt to repair any office equipment or machinery unless you have been properly trained to do so.
  6. Handle office cleaning fluids and supplies with care; some are potentially hazardous (i.e. flammable, See Hazard Communication Section for specific guidelines on handling hazardous and/or flammable items.)
  7. Keep desktop paper cutters in a closed, locked position when you are not using them.
  8. Exercise care when you use and store sharp or pointed instruments, such as letter openers, scissors, pencils, etc.
  9. Be alert and watch your step when entering or leaving an elevator.


  1. Keep all aisles clear of tripping hazards, such as wastebaskets, electrical cords, boxes, protruding utility outlets, trash, etc.
  2. Keep your floor area dry. If you spill water or another liquid on the floor, wipe the floor dry immediately to eliminate possible slipping hazards. Call your supervisor for assistance with cleaning large spills.
  3. When you climb, use a step stool, ladder, or other equipment designed for that purpose. Never climb onto chairs or other office furniture.