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Every year, thousands of office workers experience injuries; many involve lost time from work, with some resulting in permanent disabilities or long-term health conditions. Given this fact, it is imperative that organizations across the country ensure that they have an effective occupational health and safety (OHS) system in place – especially for office environments.
A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in Offices will help readers understand, design and implement OHS systems. This easy reference guide includes commentary and guidance to best practices, as well as valuable checklists and templates to assist office managers and OHS committee members manage occupational health and safety matters effectively.
This book is a practical and user-friendly guide to navigating occupational health and safety legislation and regulations that apply to an office environment. Written by industry leaders, Gene Marie Shematek and Marie Sopko, A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in Offices covers the broad range of OHS hazards that affect office workers. This comprehensive volume includes chapters dedicated to each of the standard biological, chemical, physical and ergonomic hazards, as well as the increasingly important attention to mental health, including workplace stressors, interpersonal communication, technological stress, harassment and workplace violence.
- A discussion of all aspects of OHS in an office environment
- Informed commentary from experts in the field
- A useful CD-ROM with practical tools, templates and checklists that lawyers and managers can refer to
- Appendices with guidelines and sample documents to assist readers with implementing OHS protocol
A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in Offices will be an important reference volume for anyone involved in implementing, managing or advising on occupational health and safety matters in an office environment, including:
- Office Workers who want to learn more about health and safety hazards and controls in office environments
- OHS Committee members who require an easy reference guide to the most up to date information on identifying and assessing workplace hazards and controls, and implementing best practices
- Managers and other non-legal professionals who can easily refer to this resource to manage OHS matters; implement OHS practices, policies and procedures proactively; and address concerns quickly and effectively
- Libraries that want to provide the best reference materials to lawyers, judges and students and to the public
- Employment lawyers who need to provide advice or guidance to clients on OHS-related issues
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Legislation
Chapter 3: OHS Management Systems – Application to Offices
Chapter 4: Hazards, Risk Assessments and Controls
Chapter 5: Biological Hazards and Controls
Chapter 6: Chemical Hazards and Controls
Chapter 7: Physical Hazards and Controls
Chapter 8: Ergonomics
Chapter 9: Psychosocial Hazards and Controls
Chapter 10: Comfort and Indoor Air Quality
Chapter 11: Contractor Safety Programs
Chapter 12: Inspections in an Office Environment
Chapter 13: Onboarding and Continued Safety Training
Chapter 14: Reporting and Managing Incidents
Chapter 15: Emergency Preparedness
Chapter 16: Employee Engagement in OHS
Chapter 17: Complete Worker Health – Considering the Whole Worker
Appendix A: Sample OHS Policy Template
Appendix B: Sample Hazard Assessment and Control Record for Office Workers
Appendix C: Examples of Psychosocial Hazards
Appendix D: Sample Workplace Violence Prevention and Management Policy
Appendix E: Controlling the Risk of Violence in the Workplace
Appendix F: OHS Responsibilities for Client and Contractor Key Personnel
Appendix G: Contractor Safety Control Measures
Appendix H: Contractor Safety Management General Office Safety Checklist
Appendix I: Inspection Checklist for Offices
Appendix J: Training Checklist
Appendix K: Staff Incident Report and Investigation Form
Appendix L: Sample Emergency Response Plan
Appendix M: Sample Joint Work Site Committee Terms of Reference
Appendix N: Assessing your OHS System
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