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Office Playing it Safe – Stocking and Storing Safety

Stock and store items correctly to avoid office injuries

Maintaining an organised storage area is essential to preventing injuries and keeping an accurate count of supplies. Serious injuries can occur when unloading and stacking heavy or bulky office supplies in the storage area due to not lifting items properly.

Stack and Store

Proper stacking and storing of items will help you locate products safely and maintain an accurate inventory.

  • Stack heavier items such as boxes of paper on lower shelves to reduce the need to reach over your head.
  • Place items that employees use frequently on shelves at waist level.
  • The oldest product or anything already opened should be placed in the front, ensuring it is utilised first.
  • Store products with the label facing up or towards the front of the shelf.
  • Keep an inventory list in the storage room so employees can write down what needs to be reordered.
  • Keep storage areas clean. Not only does this help avoid multiple open boxes of supplies, an organised storage area makes it much easier to find the supply you need.

The Lifting Process

Pick up and set down heavy or bulky items with these steps.

  • Bring the object as close to your body as possible before lifting.
  • Push up with your legs instead of your back by bending your knees. Keep your head up and your back straight.
  • If you need to turn, shift your feet instead of twisting your waist.
  • When walking, keep the item(s) directly in front of you with your elbows close to your body.
  • When setting the object down, use your legs and bend your knees to lower the load. Watch out for your fingers and toes.

Lifting Smart

Follow these general safety tips to reduce the risk of injury when stacking, storing or removing products.

  • Use a stool or ladder to access items on high shelves to avoid reaching over your head.
  • Separate large boxes into smaller loads and carry them one at a time.
  • Use handrails when travelling on stairs and carrying items.
  • Use a hand trolley when moving large items.
  • Wear gloves to prevent getting slivers or paper cuts.
  • Never attempt to carry anything without examining the path you will take. Do not carry items that block your vision of the path.

Finding the Right Shoes for Work

If you have to climb a ladder to reach a supply, make sure you are wearing adequate footwear. Slippery dress shoes and high heels pose a safety threat. If you do not have non-slip footwear, ask for assistance to reach the supply you need.

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