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Office risk assessment It’s a common conception that office environments are perfectly safe when it comes to health & safety and indeed, when you compare an office environment to a more industrial working environment, the hazards are certainly less severe.  However, it’s unlikely that you’ll find an office environment which is risk-free and you may need an office risk assessment to tell you where the problems are. Common mishaps in office environments include:

  • slips, trips and falls
  • repetitive strain injuries from prolonged computer use
  • back aches from manual handling (carrying boxes of paper for example)
  • fires (most likely as a result of electrical equipment)

The law requires that any UK working environment that is under the control of an organisation with at least 5 employees, must hold valid and up-to-date health & safety documentation.  For office environments, the required documents are:

Health and Safety Risk Assessments and Training