Workplace Safety For A Coworking Space

Workplace Safety For A Coworking Space

Workplace safety is important, even in coworking spaces. For once, your coworking neighbors are often changing because the dynamic workplace attracts different individuals into the location. With this in mind, it's important to observe basic safety precautions.

Besides, a safe workplace "is a happy workplace," according to employment website Indeed. It can definitely contribute to your overall productivity, whatever your job or business may be. You'll be able to finish your tasks without experiencing unnecessary trouble and stress.

Workplace safety tips to keep in mind

Safety expert Eleanor Everet once said that safety "is not a gadget but a state of mind."

Here are some simple but effective ways that can help you implement workplace safety as you use coworking spaces:

1. Get acquainted with others.

The first thing to remember, of course, is to get acquainted with others. While the people around you may be changing often, doing your best to get to know them can be for your advantage. Not only does this lead to a friendlier work environment, but it can also help increase workplace safety. So feel free to engage in short chats with others.

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Why? Well to sum up, strangers will be less likely to try and steal your belongings if you are familiar with them and know them by name.

2. Understand protocol (and stay updated about it)

Next, it is equally important to understand the location's safety protocols. Upon starting work in a new coworking space, learn about the protocol for reporting an incident. Ideally, you should know who the coworking spce's owners and/or managers. That way, you'll know who to contact in case a theft incident occurs. Naturally, they should be your first point of contact in the event of an accident or emergency.

In addition, it is likewise your responsibility to be up-to-date about local laws and policies. Case in point, many coworking spaces required customers to wear masks and present vaccination IDs at the start of the pandemic. Ask the staff members to give you information about current protocol so you can follow them as well.

3. Fire Safety

There are several ways you can avoid fire as part of your workplace safety. For example, make sure the fire exits aren’t blocked and that no objects are obstructing the sprinklers. Pay special attention to cords and loose electrical equipment as they can be dangerous. In fact, they can invite accidents, if unattended. If you see any of these fire hazards, make sure to bring it to the community manager’s attention.

Also, be aware about where you can find the fire extinguisher and the fire exit in case of emergency.

4. Maintain good posture

This reminder may seem trivial but yes, it is definitely recommended that you maintain proper posture while working. Sitting in the same position for hours can cause both short-term and long-term physical problems such as back pain, spinal dysfunction, and others. So it's better to avoid the bad habit in the first place.

As a Harvard article tells us:

"When sitting down, keep your chin parallel to the floor; your shoulders, hips, and knees at even heights; and your knees and feet pointing straight ahead."

The right posture can certainly help you stay safe and healthy.

5. Err on the side of caution

As you're bringing expensive laptops, smartphones and tablets into a public space, make sure to know where your personal belongings are at all times. If you are leaving your work area for an extended period of time, it's always a good idea to use a locker to keep your belongings. Otherwise, just take them with you.

Another rule is to ensure that you erase your purchase history and reset your passwords first if you are lending your personal devices to anyone. Frequently changing your passwords and clearing browser history can prevent potential identity theft. You get to protect sensitive personal information easier this way.

Conclusion

Whether you've booked a coworking space for a day, for a week, or a month, it's your personal responsibility to be cautious at all times.

As the old saying goes:

"Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life."

Observing workplace safety practices can really help make your stay at coworking spaces (or anywhere else, for that matter) a pleasure. As you follow these reminders, you will be able to prevent some of the most common safety problems that may occur in the workplace. You'll see that preventing serious risks while working does not have to be complicated.

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