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Spark Safety With Workplace Tidying Tips

Thanks to Marie Kondo’s book and Netflix show, many Oregonians are uncovering the life-changing magic of tidiness at home. But the fight against clutter shouldn’t stop there.

“Our workplaces are full of hazardous clutter,” said Leigh Manning, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “Whether it’s creating a tripping hazard, no longer useful, or adding unnecessary stress.”

Manning offers five things to ditch so you can choose joy in your workspace:

  1. Boxes, cords, and other tripping hazards: Slips, trips, and falls are the leading causes of injury in Oregon. Reduce your risk by removing any tripping hazards.
  2. Expired equipment: Check your safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, regularly to make sure they’re still operational.
  3. Unhealthy snacks and drinks: While candy and chips may satisfy a craving, they can make you more distracted and prone to injuries on the job. Trade unhealthy options with nutritional choices in communal spaces and vending machines.
  4. Your uncomfortable desk chair: Swap your old chair for one that can easily be adjusted just for you—or check out for inexpensive tips on how to adjust your workstation for comfort.
  5. Your old, beat up shoes: Check your tread—if there’s not enough traction, you may be more prone to slipping.

More information on workplace safety can be found at

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on

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