Office Safety Toolkit

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It is often thought that an office environment is a very safe environment to work in. However there are many hazards which if left uncontrolled could cause injury and health problems. This site aims to provide information to office workers on ways to control hazards and prevent injuries.

Office managers and supervisors can use the information provided in the Office Safety Guide for Managers section to manage safety in their areas.

Further information

Office hazards and risks

There are many hazards when working in an office environment including incorrect workstation set-up, poor lighting, poor layout of furniture and equipment, poor housekeeping, electrical hazards and equipment hazards.

Office safety guide for managers

This information has been prepared to assist office managers in managing safety in their areas.

Safety signage for office equipment

Hazard posters have been created for the following typical office equipment. You can display these next to the equipment instead of having a full SWP.


UNSW’s self-management strategies are designed to provide workers with the capability to identify, understand and manage risks related to the use of workstations in an efficient and effective manner.

First aid

All areas should have first aid officers available to treat any minor injuries that occur. The names and contact numbers of these first aid officers should be displayed in the workplace.


It is in your own interest to make sure you are aware of all procedures that should be taken in the event of an emergency, such as fire, explosion or chemical hazard. 

Ergonomic equipment

Assessment of workstations and other hazardous manual tasks may result in the need to purchase specific ergonomic equipment.

Funding for workers with disabilities or special needs

Several funding arrangements are available for specialist equipment required by workers with disabilities or special needs.

Laboratory ergonomics

Researchers and laboratory workers can be exposed to similar ergonomic risk factors to those who utilise computers for extended periods.

Working from home

It's important to consider your screen setup, keyboard set up, laptop use and more when working from home.