Warning: Your Office Is Killing You



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Normally, people spend 8 hours a day in their office, Monday to Friday. Occasionally, there is some overtime or a working Saturday. This adds up to a lot of hours within a year. Consequently, this makes a large portion of a person’s life.

With that in mind, it is easy to conclude that your office should be the place where you feel safe and secure. That is one of the preconditions of you doing your job well.

Still, while it may not be as obviously dangerous as a construction site, your office is far from being the safest place in the world, if it is not managed properly. The office can seriously put your life in danger and we are not talking about haunted places and urban legends.

Here are some of the dangers that lurk in most offices, and how to save yourself.

Germs All Over the Place

Your immune system may be strong, but if it needs to repel all sorts of germs at all times: sooner or later, it will give in. There are many dirty places in an office.

If your office does not have a high-traffic entrance mat, it means that all the germs and dirt from the outside will be brought directly inside. Some of them are airborne and transmitted easily. This can be fixed with a properly and thoroughly cleaned entrance mat.

Not all people wash their hands after using the bathroom, so make sure that you have a sanitiser handy and avoid direct constant with washroom door knobs.

Regularly clean your keyboard and phones. Put some of that sanitisers on your wipe and clean them before using.

Sedentary Lifestyle

It may not sound like a big deal, but sitting throughout the day shortens your lifespan. This increases your risks of high blood pressure, infections and even stroke.

Your muscles stop working and lose their tone. This is much more than just an aesthetic issue. Those muscles have a task to do and that task is supporting your entire skeleton and internal organs. If they weaken, your bones start to deform and bit and put pressure on your entire system.

There are many ways to reduce this negative impact that the office life has on you.

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  • Take frequent stretching breaks
  • Walk at least an hour a day
  • Learn correct sitting and standing posture

Awful Workplace Lunches

A lot of people do not have the time or will to make their own lunches every day and they simply grab just about anything at the office. Those choices come down to sandwiches, sweets, chips and similar junk food.

This is a great risk to your health.

  • Cholesterol
  • high blood sugar
  • increased risks of a stroke and heart attack

All these things are caused by poor diet.

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This is easily solvable: start making healthy lunches and snacks at home or try and persuade your company to include healthy options for lunch.

Sick Building Syndrome

If you notice that a lot of your coworkers have similar and constant symptoms that stop when they are not in the office, it may be that you are all suffering from a Sick Building Syndrome.

Usually, as a result of poor ventilation or building design itself, employees may experience a series of symptoms that range from allergic to non-allergic reactions:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dry cough
  • Dizziness or nausea

These are just some of the symptoms. The causes of such syndrome can be:

  • Chemical pollutants
  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Biological Pollutants

These can lead to anything from mild irritation to severe allergic reactions that can put one’s life in danger.

The solution is to start taking extra care about the hygienic levels in the office, install high-quality ventilation systems.

Stress-Related Diseases

Work-related stress is an almost everyday thing in modern times. It is so present that a lot of people consider it a normal thing. Still, this is not a joking matter. Here are just some of the things that can happen to you if you let that office stress get you:

  • Heart diseases
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Depression and Anxiety
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In order to avoid these, try different coping techniques that you feel work for you. These can include yoga, meditation, hobbies, or even counselling and therapy. If nothing works, change your job, because your health is the most important asset.

Toxic Gas Leaks

There are many chemical vapours that can be present in your office space. Those are not fun and can be very toxic.

  • Formaldehyde can be evaporating from furniture
  • Toluene can be present in cleaning products used in your office and it is known to increase cancer risks
  • Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Odourless and colourless it can cause serious health issues
  • Sulphur Dioxide destroys your respiratory system
  • Nitrogen Dioxide increases the risks of pneumonia

Workplace Accidents: Slipping and Tripping

While it is hardly unlikely that you will be physically hurt by a falling object in your office, it can be you who is falling.

Slipping and tripping present a serious danger in the offices. Wet patches can happen in washrooms or kitchenettes and just a short moment of absent-mindedness can make the day go for the worse.

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This is one of those things that has an easy fix. Place wet area mats wherever you may feel this sort of thing can happen. However, make sure it is properly and regularly washed, because otherwise, it will gather up tonnes of bacteria.

Even better, rent those mats from Alsco. They have industrial-level cleaning facilities that can wash those mats in a way you never can. Moreover, if you agree to rent the mats from us for a monthly fee, we will wash them with no extra charges.

Call Alsco and set it all up today!

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