3 Health Hazards at the Office and How to Avoid Themâ€‹
The average morning commute to the office can be a walk on the wild side for any CEO or entrepreneur with today’s traffic conditions, especially in major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Hazards might be abound even before you get to the office, but what about those present once you arrive?
WithÂ someÂ entrepreneurs spending at least 62 hours per week working–and some burning the midnight oil past 70 hours–it’s evident how vital it is to have a healthy daily workplace experience.
Check out threeÂ health hazards that might present themselves in the office, and how you can avoid or combat them:
1. Joint Conditions
Experts say repetitive movements can cause discomfort or even injury from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and sitting all day can cause stiffness, pain, or even blood clots.
The National Institute of Health recommends participation in on-the-job conditioning, performing stretching exercises, and taking frequent rest breaks. It also suggests havingÂ workstations, tasks, tools, and tool handles redesigned to enable yourÂ wrists to maintain a natural position during work.
2. Airborne Hazards
According to the CDC, more than 17 million adults in the U.S. have asthmaÂ (including allergic asthma). Indoor triggers of asthmaÂ include dust mites, mold, and insects.
These triggers also affect those without asthma, causingÂ breathing issues and skin irritations. The CDC indicates thatÂ indoor environmental air quality at your workplace can be affected by various factors; from caulks, sealants, and coatings, to air fresheners and other scented products. Potential health issues related to these factors include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Â recommends to avoid blocking air vents with office furniture, complying with (or enforcing) a company smoking policy to only smoke in designated office areas, and disposing of all garbage promptly in the proper receptacle.
Employers are also encouraged to create additional policies that protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke, enforce rules on trash disposal, keep up with HVAC system updates, and maintain great pest control practices.
Using environmentally friendly cleaning products, office supplies, and even furniture can do wonders as well. If you have asthma or allergies, be sure to keep a supply ofÂ the necessary medications at the office for emergencies.
3. Fatty Food Temptations
This doesn’t have a direct link to immediate health emergencies, however, over time, multiple trips to the vending machine for sugar and fat-filled snacks definitely doesn’t help inÂ reaching wellnessÂ goals.
Drink lots of water throughout the day and keep a stash of your own healthy snacks at the office. ExpertsÂ tout the benefits of drinking a full glass of water before eating to avoid overindulging. Also, the more healthy snacks you invest in to munch on at your desk, the less likely you’ll spend the extra dollar or two on that bag of chips, chocolate bar, or soda.