Decorating the Workplace – Keep Safety in Mind!

Decorating the workplace is always a great way to boost spirits during the holidays. But, it is important to be aware of potential hazards. The same principles that go into decorating your home in a safe manner should apply to your workplace.

Make sure you are checking for fire hazards when selecting your decorations. Be careful not to punch your staples through the cords on lights and extension cords, and know how many strands of lights can go together. If using decorations outdoors, check to see if they are rated for outdoor use. Putting your lighted decorations on timers is a great way to protect the office.

Checking your fire safety equipment is a practice that is often overlooked during the holiday decorating festivities. Make sure your smoke detectors are working. Have your fire extinguisher inspected and serviced if needed. When deciding on which decorations to use make sure they will not compromise your exits and or sprinkler system.

It is a good idea as well to reference any relevant OSHA regulations when choosing your decorations. If your decorations are not properly situated they can cause dangerous tripping hazards. Do not place trees, cords or other bulky decorations in high traffic areas.

One hazard that most planning committees need to address is alcohol. Alcohol at a holiday party is something that should be heavily considered. If it is served, it is imperative to have transportation for guest who cannot drive, regardless if the party is at someone’s house, a restaurant, or at any other location. This will help protect your employees and other guests from drinking and driving, and reduces the chances of legal liability.

If your business is considering a holiday party, following a few safety tips can help everyone enjoy the holidays. When you decide to enjoy the holiday season at work, simply incorporate your holiday workplace safety precautions into your safety program. Proof:Positive can help you create a holiday season that is remembered as both safe and enjoyable!

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