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The incorrect storage of items can cause many safety problems, including tripping, falling and manual handling injuries - not to mention other hazards such as fire, etc.
Many of these hazards can be prevented by simple common sense and good housekeeping practices.
For instance, leaving drawers open can lead to trips and falls, as well as the danger of trapping fingers, etc.
Staff must have enough space to enable them to work efficiently. According to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, every room in which people are working needs to have enough floor area, height and unoccupied space to allow people to get to and from their desks or workstations and to move around in the room with ease (for example, how quickly could they get out in a fire?).
The number of people who can work in any one room at any one time depends not only on its dimensions, but also on the amount of space taken up by furniture, fittings and equipment, and on its layout. For example, if there are low beams in the ceiling, these should be clearly marked.
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