Play it safe
- Adopt a conscientious attitude toward safety
- Pay attention to your surroundings and what you are doing at all times
- Watch out for slipping, tripping, and falling hazards-which are responsible for the largest number of injuries among office workers
- Adopt the proper posture when carrying a load
- Use an appropriate stepladder or stool when reaching for something that’s above you
- Avoid overreaching
- Use caution whenever opening, closing, and retrieving something from a file cabinet
- Protect your fingers and hand from puncture wounds, cuts and scrapes
- Safeguard your eyesight by always watching where your are going and what you are doing
- Work carefully with office machinery
- Remember the steps to follow to prevent a fire and know how to be prepared should one occur
- Know what to do in case of emergency
Safety in the office
Let’s begin with the most common source of injuries to office workers: slips, trips, and falls. In fact, this kind of accident makes up the largest single category of both disabling injury accidents and days lost at work. But why is slipping, tripping, and falling so dangerously common in the office? Because there are countless hazards that could cause this kind of slipup.
Following is a list of just some of these office hazards:
- Open desk or file drawers
- Loose mats, boards or tiles
- Highly waxed wood or linoleum
- Spilled water, coffee, or other liquids
- Dropped pencils, erasers, or other items
- Electrical cords, phone lines, or extension cords strewnacross walkways
- Parts of machines obstructing walkways or protruding from desks or shelves
Whenever you are walking through the office-or anywhere, for that matter-adopt a slow and careful pace, watching where you’re going at all times and keeping an eye open for the kind of hazards we just mentioned.
- If you open something, close immediately
- Never run
- Never come to a sudden stop
- If you drop an object on the floor, pick it up immediately
- If you spill something on the floor, immediately clean it up, if possible. If you can’t take care of the spill yourself, however, mark and block off the area and then contact someone who can correct the situation
- Don’t suddenly change the direction in which you are walking
- Never carry a load that will obstruct your vision
Preparation for the interview
- Have your resume completed and make sure there are no grammatical or typographical errors. Have someone else proofread it. Make enough copies. Also make sure you have some references to provide with valid phone numbers.
- Do your Research Research the company and the industry. Go to the company’s website.
- Practice Makes Perfect You can prepare yourself with practice questions- give yourself a mock interview.
- Know all the Facts Make sure you know the proper name of the interviewer and its pronunciation, the address of the company and directions.
- Punctuality is essential . Arrive to your interview 10 minute early.
- Dress for the job. Attire for an interview is important. Dress for the job. Do not wear heavy make up or strong scents. A nice blouse/shirt and a skirt/slacks will do just fine, if you do not own a suit.
- Do not chew gum, smoke or use bad language. Do not bad mouth your old employer
- Be polite. Be friendly and polite to employees you might see before your interview. Answer all questions with honesty.
- Be prepared to answer all questions (strengths, weaknesses, future career plans, etc).
- Close the interview. Tell the employer why you should have the job and how much you want to be a part of the company.
- Thank you. Send a note thanking the interviewer for their time and consideration.