March 4, 2014

5 Recalls Office Workers Need to Know About

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One would rightfully hope the office manager or the HR department would keep an eye out for the safety status of everyday items used in your workplace. But the truth is, all of us are preoccupied with other matters.

So, took a look for you, analyzing hundreds of recent recalls issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. We came up with this list of problematic products you should make sure are not posing a risk in your work environment.

Office Chairs

About the most common thing you'll find in any office is office chairs, and having chairs that can break without warning is something you ought to know about.

Hazard: Staples recalled a line of office chairs, known as the Bermond Fabric Manager's Chairs, after getting 41 complaints about the bases breaking, which can lead to users falling on the floor. The gray and burgundy chairs, made by Global Furniture (Zheijiang) Co., were sold by Staples from 2011 through 2013. They can be returned to the retailer for a full refund.

Another chair recall to worry about falls under the brand Grugar. Sauder sold 70,000 of them between 2009 and 2012 through retailers across the country. The recalled chairs range from cushy, boss-type chairs to very basic desk chairs, with seat plates that can break and cause the user to fall. Sauder received 17 complaints before issuing the recall. Your company can get a free replacement seat plate and a tool to attach it to the base.

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Fax Machines

You may not even realize your office still has a fax machine. It’s probably not brand-new, which is one reason it's worth checking to see if your office has an HP 1040 or 1050 made by Hewlett-Packard.

Hazard: More than 1 million of these fax machines were recalled after HP received reports that they overheated and caught on fire. These fax machines were sold all over the U.S. and Canada for $90-$120 between 2004 and 2011. Some of the machines were actually replacements for an HP fax machine recalled in 2008. If you have one of the machines, contact HP to find out how to get a rebate for a new one or a partial rebate for certain HP ink jet printers.

Fire Alarms

Are you the type of person who cringes when no one in your office stands up when the fire alarm goes off, even when it’s very likely a false alarm? Whether you’re always paranoid or just safety conscious, take a look at your office fire alarms to make sure they’re in working order.

Hazard: The Bosch GV4 Fire Alarm Control Panels were recalled in January 2014 because they can fail to set off an alarm when there's a fire. These panels were sold or installed in 2012 by a professional installer. If your office has one of the units, then Bosch or the installer should be contacted for a new one.

Coffee Makers

Single-cup brewing systems have taken over pots of coffee at many offices, eliminating the passive-aggressive standoffs between office mates over who should make the next pot. Things could get a heated in a more brutal way if your workspace has a recalled coffee maker.

Hazard: More than a half-million Mr. Coffee single cup brewing machines – they use K-cups – were recalled after the company received 164 reports of steam pressure forcing the brewing chamber to open. More than 60 users suffered burns. The recalled machines were imported by Sunbeam Products Inc. (doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions) and were sold from 2010 to 2012 for $60-$80. If your office has one, you can contact Jarden or visit the official recall site to find out how to get a free replacement.

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