Safety Series: Staying Safe in the Workplace
Safety in the workplace is something that should never be taken lightly. While it is the employer's job to ensure the safety of its workers, each worker must also have a sense of personal responsibility. No matter what your job position, reducing the risk of injury should be a top priority. Here are some tips to help you monitor your personal health and make well-informed safety decisions at work.
Knowledge is Power
Know the particular hazards of your job or workplace. Once you've learned these risks, you can keep clear of potential hazardous areas, and potential hazardous situations.
Most work injuries happen when you aren't focused on your surroundings. Common causes of stress in the workplace include long hours, heavy workload, and job insecurity. Stress can lead to lack of sleep and trouble with concentration. Reduce stress as much as possible during and outside of work hours. Deep breathing exercises, medication, and even daily exercise can be a good way to help reduce stress.
Taking regular breaks helps you stay fresh on the job. Many work-related injuries and illnesses occur because a worker is tired, burned out and not alert. One trick to staying alert is to schedule the most difficult tasks when your concentration is best, like first thing in the morning.
The Right Tools for the Right Job
If you're not wearing the correct equipment for a task, you may get injured. Depending on the job, equipment like earplugs, earmuffs, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves or a full-face mask greatly reduce the risk of workplace injury. You should be told exactly what equipment you will need before starting your position, if you have any questions about your work equipment check with your supervisor to make sure it is correct.
Protect Your Assets
Avoid stooping or twisting, doing these motions on a regular basis increases the chances of injury. Rearrange your work area so that the things you need are in reach, and if it is possible use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment. If you do need to pick up heavy objects, keep them close to your body and lift with your leg muscles.
Everyone is legally entitled to be in a safe work environment. If you ever have concerns or feel your safety is at risk, please notify your supervisor immediately. For more information about work safety, click here.