What Are Good Safety Tips For Employees At Home & Work

Safety at work, or occupational safety, involves a lower level of dangers that are likely to occur more frequently. Personal safety means preventing slips, trips, falls, and injuries caused by manual handling. Read on to learn what are good safety tips for employees at home & work.

Safety Tips For Work At Home

Businesses and employees can benefit from working at home. It reduces overhead, increases productivity, and ensures employee loyalty. Employees still face hazards when working at home. Regardless of the company’s size, employers must encourage remote workers to form safe habits and practices.

Employers are increasingly demanding employees perform self-inspections of their home workplaces to ensure compliance with regulations. To prevent pain and strain when working at home, follow these guidelines.

Check Your Environment 

If you work from home, you are likely to examine your workspace for safety hazards by yourself. When you work in an office, others are likely to examine the area for safety hazards. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Maintain a clutter-free environment around your home workspace to avoid tripping hazards
  • Make sure your workspace is well-lit and place monitors and screens so that glare is minimized
  • You should work in a quiet environment that is private enough for you to be able to concentrate

There should be no difference in safety or comfort between working from home and in an office. 


Someone working from home for the first time might not have much of a home office setup. It is worth revisiting your setup, even if you have previously worked from home. Some ergonomic keyboards and chairs may help, but they’re not necessary. These tips will help you create a more ergonomic workspace at home:

  • Rolling chairs with adequate back support and padding should be used.
  • Make sure your computer monitors are 20-30 inches from your face with your eyes level with the upper third.
  • Sit straight with your back straight, and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Your back and shoulders should be straight, and your knees should be separated from the edge of your chair by a few inches.

Furthermore, you can also suggest replacing old chairs and desks with ergonomically designed versions. The cost of truly ergonomic office items is high, but they are worth the investment in the long run. Almost all of the hazards associated with computer work are associated with sitting in poor postures for hours. 

Regular Stretching

The office desk should not be occupied for eight hours a day, and it shouldn’t be occupied at home either. As a result, employees working from home are at greater risk of becoming sedentary since they do not get up to attend meetings or speak with coworkers.

The easiest way to encourage employees to stay safe while working from home is to encourage them to stretch. Your employees should stretch every 50 minutes on average. Stretching only takes 5 minutes, after which they can resume work.

Remember To Leave The House

Our work plays a large part in our lives, and for many people, it is the primary reason they leave the house. Some people who work from home might not leave their house often enough. Employees who don’t leave the house may not exhibit obvious problems, such as sore backs, but they may suffer from mental health problems affecting their work performance. 

Socialize With Coworkers

Forming strong bonds with coworkers comes from socializing, which is important for maintaining mental health. As people begin working from home, they experience fewer social interactions, resulting in problems such as disconnection and isolation. Engage employees in social interaction with their co-workers via video chat, text, and text, even if it is not work-related. 

Prevent Slips And Trips

Falls, slips, and trips are some of the most common injuries. Employees working remotely are not subject to the same level of safety as those working at the office. Children are more prone to falling down the stairs if they trip over household objects, such as toys or water spills from the dog’s bowl. 

If you must wear slippers inside your home, wear shoes that do not have a slippery surface. Remove clutter from your home’s walkways to prevent falls. Make sure you have adequate lighting and cords are properly secured. 

Mind Your surroundings

Complacency is a leading cause of on-the-job injuries. Routine work can make it easy not to think about safety. It is good for employees to review their work areas each week. Among the best practices are:

  • Ensure the household has fire extinguishers and a fire evacuation plan
  • Keep open liquid containers such as coffee and tea away from desks to prevent electrical hazards
  • After each day’s work, dispose of trash


Stay in touch with your workforce while they work remotely. Keep in touch with those who matter the most by choosing the best communication channels. Team meetings are an ideal method for keeping in touch. A one-on-one call with an individual employee can reveal any difficulties they are experiencing. Take some time to catch up during a meeting – don’t feel rushed to get started.


Many factors cause computer users to feel uncomfortable. Uncomfortable conditions can derail productivity at the very least. They can even result in injury or disability at the very worst. It is crucial to identify its possible causes as soon as possible to alleviate discomfort.


Take frequent mini-breaks throughout the day to give muscles and joints a chance to rest and recover. Your body wants you to move! Also, be sure to take breaks in their entirety. Don’t short-change yourself, especially during your lunch hour.


The importance of exercise for health cannot be overstated. Working from home may leave you with less time for exercise. If you do not commute to and from an office, attend meetings, and so on, you might walk less. You should ensure that you exercise while working at home.

Workplace Safety Tips For Employees

Your work environment has hazards regardless of where you work – outside, at a desk, or using heavy machinery. You should be aware of the potential hazards in your workplace to avoid workplace injuries. In providing a safe work environment, a company protects its employees, customers, and itself.

Listed below are workplace safety tips you should adopt regularly:

Proper Use Of Tools And Machinery

Injuries can be prevented by using tools and machinery properly. Be sure to maintain and clean your machines regularly and only operate machines you’ve been trained to use. Use machines and equipment only for the purposes they were designed for. To prevent straining or injuring yourself, use lifting equipment such as a wheelbarrow or forklift when moving heavy items.

Wear Safety Gear

It is always a good idea to wear the required safety equipment. Reflective clothing, fire retardant clothing, industrial workwear, and nonslip shoes are appropriate safety gear in your workplace. If you are working in a space with dust or debris or dealing with toxic or dangerous chemicals or fumes, wear a respirator.

Avoid Clutter

Your job satisfaction and the safety of your coworkers will both be positively impacted by a clean work environment. Objects scattered may trip you, or they may conceal a danger you cannot see.

Take Regular Breaks

Keep your eyes off the computer screen regularly to prevent eye strain. Your body will have a chance to rest when you take regular breaks from your work. You will return more focused and able to concentrate better when you return.

Avoid Shortcuts

Your employees must follow workplace safety and handling procedures, especially when handling heavy machinery. You should use each tool and machine according to the manuals to prevent injury. Shortcuts won’t save you any time and may even cause injury. Therefore, make sure you’re using the right tool in the right way.

Report Unsafe Conditions 

Making sure unsafe conditions are fixed and preventing bad things from happening begins with you. When employees notice something that isn’t right, they should notify their managers. When something is reported as unsafe, managers are legally obligated to correct it as soon as possible. Make sure you speak up about any workplace hazards, such as wet floors or a slightly bent ladder, to ensure a safe workplace for yourself and your coworkers. 

Set & Follow Emergency Protocols

Before emergencies like fires, floods, or tornadoes, there aren’t often warnings. Your company, employees, and customers must be prepared for everything that could disrupt their safety in your region. Emergency protocols come as no surprise regarding safety topics for the workplace.

In the event of an emergency, have the following procedures in place: 

  • The Weather Channel and social media alerts can help you anticipate natural disasters and other emergencies. 
  • Make sure your insurance is in order.
  • Assess your company’s risks. 
  • Find out your company’s most important points and how to protect them effectively.
  • Plan an emergency management strategy.
  • Your employees should participate in Emergency Response and Evacuation Training.

Reduce Workplace Stress

According to the American Physiology Association, stress is associated with health problems, burnout, workplace accidents, etc. Stress can interfere with a worker’s productivity and well-being, so employers must take steps to prevent it. It is highly beneficial to have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). 

Creating a safe work environment and easy reporting options depends on identifying any risks or threats your employees might face (both physically and emotionally).

Follow Ergonomics Standards

An ergonomic adjustment makes the job more suitable for the employee’s physical condition. The ergonomics of the office, workspace design, and the workplace environment contribute to maintaining productivity and safety. To avoid straining one’s neck, equipment should be set at an appropriate height, whether standing at a machine all day or sitting at a computer desk. A keyboard too low can lead to back, shoulder, and wrist problems.

Conduct Safety Surveys

Conduct safety surveys monthly, quarterly, or every six months. Topics to be covered include:

  • Whether employees are satisfied with management’s safety commitment
  • Is the safety training is effective
  • Is reporting concerns easy 

Identify areas of concern and improvements based on the insights your employees share. 


A culture of personal responsibility in the workplace is the basis of proper workplace safety. Your employees are more likely to avoid accidents if they are knowledgeable about workplace safety standards and in a position to identify unsafe conditions and respond properly if an accident occurs. 

Lastly, ensure that every employee is involved in the collective safety of the workplace and that they can take responsibility for themselves and each other as often as possible.Are you interested in learning about different security solutions you can employ for your safety? Check out the rest of Be-Safe’s resources today!