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This topic covers safety issues relevant to office environments. While offices typically are not as hazardous as other types of work environments, they still present a number of health and safety concerns, including ergonomic injuries, poor indoor air quality, fall hazards resulting from poor housekeeping, and negative health effects from sedentary desk jobs.

The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires all employers to provide a safe and healthful work environment. In addition, several specific OSHA standards are applicable to many office environments, including regulations for housekeeping, sanitation, first aid, occupational noise exposure, electrical safety, exit routes, emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, fire protection, and hazard communication for chemical hazards.

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Questions & Answers Are you allowed to have water/beverages at your work desk? 06/21/2010National
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Handouts Guide to Office Safety (7-Minute Safety Trainer)  National
Quizzes Guide to Office Safety (7-Minute Safety Trainer)  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Guide to Office Safety (outline)  National
Speaker's Notes Office Hazard Safety - Script View  National
Quizzes Office Hazard Safety Quiz (Word)  National
Audio Presentations Office Hazards (Audio)  National
Handouts Office Hazards (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Office Hazards (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Office Hazards (PPT)  National
Meetings Office Hazards (Word)  National
Training Exercises Office Hazards Exercise 1 (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Office Hazards Exercise 2 (PDF)  National
Quizzes Office Hazards Quiz (Word)  National
Audio Presentations Office hazards: What supervisors need to know  National
Regulatory Analysis Office Safety  National
Quizzes Office Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Office Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Office Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Office Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Office Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Office Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Office Safety (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Trainer's Outlines Office Safety (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Checklists Office Safety (Word)  National
Plans Office Safety Plan  National
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Toolbox Talks Office safety: Adjusting your desk chair  National
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