If you have a Varidesk sit-stand or are using an alternate sit-stand workstation, here are some pointers to avoid making common standing mistakes.
Alberta Occupational Health & Safety
Under Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation, only manual handling is legislated (Alberta OHS Code Part 14 - Sections 210-211). Other ergonomics concerns fall under the Employer's general duties to identify and reduce hazards, as outlined in Part 2 of the Alberta OHS Code.
Test Your Knowledge
Find the missing information in theMRU Ergonomics Program and assess if your body is sitting at neutral at your workstation. (12 blanks)
Effective house keeping is a cost effective way to improve workplace health and safety. It can help control or eliminate workplace hazards. If the sight of paper, debris, clutter and spills is accepted as normal, then other more serious hazards may be taken for granted.
House keeping is not just cleanliness. It includes:
keeping work areas neat and orderly
maintaining work areas and floors free of slip and trip hazads
removing waste materials (e.g paper, cardboard, food) and other fire hazards from work areas.
Effective house keeping results in:
fewer tripping and slipping incidents in clutter-free and spill-free work areas
decreased fire hazards
lower worker exposures to various substances (e.g dusts, vapours)
better control of tools and materials, including inventory and supplies
better hygienic conditions
more effective use of space
reduced property damage by improving preventive maintenance
Spring is a great time for cleaning and de-cluttering. Take a few minutes to clean and tidy your work area before heading off on your summer break.
Good things to consider are areas that haven’t been dusted in a while, piles of paper that need to be filed or scanned, or stashes of food or clothing that you won’t need again this year. Future-you will appreciate the clean slate when you’re back from vacation.
Looking for more information on housekeeping?
The Canadian Centre of Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) is a trusted advisor on health and safety topics across Canada.
Below are links from the CCOHS with useful house keeping information: