Although there are a number of different jobs you can do as part of your profession, most are met with long hours and hard work.
Within certain working environments, especially those that require you to be constantly on the move and carry out a range of tasks, there are a number of opportunities for injuries to occur.
To avoid these potential pitfalls and keep your body happy and healthy, there are a number of things that you should do as an employee working on your own, as a team or as an employer.
Wear Protective Clothing
Especially if you work in a heavy duty industry that requires you to be around heavy products or machinery, it’s important that you wear the correct protective workwear to avoid any injuries occurring. This includes safety helmets, steed toe boots and other workwear apparel that is going to help protect you should any heavy items fall on you.
However, it isn’t just items to protect you from falling items that you need to be aware of. The majority of workwear injuries tend to be back problems caused by years of heavy lifting. If you are someone who is constantly lifting and moving items each day, you should get a back brace to wear when at work. This will provide support for your lower back, helping to significantly reduce the amount of damage that lifting will cause to your upper and lower back.
The type of workwear clothing you need is going to depend entirely on what your job is. For example, if you work in an industry such as welding, you are going to need more specialist personal protective equipment (PPE) such as flame-retardant coveralls and protective welder’s goggles.
Keep Your Work Area Clear
Another common cause of workplace injuries are slips and falls brought about by cluttered work areas. If you leave things lying about, they increase the risk of you accidentally tripping over them, creating the possibility of serious injuries to your back, neck, legs and other body parts. When working at your desk or station, you should make sure that you keep everything ordered and tidied away, helping to prevent any trips or falls.
While you may have cleared your work area, there is an onus on your fellow employees to also do the same. Particularly within jobs that require you to be constantly moving around the workplace, working and interacting with other members of staff, if your colleague has a cluttered area this is going to be a much greater risk to your health. If you leave your area cluttered, atleast you know that it is cluttered so you are somewhat subconsciously aware of the hazards. If your colleague has a cluttered area, as you don’t work there, you aren’t at all aware of the potential dangers that may be nearby. To help solve this issue, management should have clear guidelines in place to ensure that all workers keep their areas clear and safe.
Regular Safety Checks
Although many businesses have clear safety procedures in effect each day, over time if not regularly monitored, there procedures sometimes become much more laxed. You generally find that a lot of businesses don’t re-evaluate their workplace safety system until one of their employees has actually injured themselves. Obviously this is far too late as the procedures should be in place to stop them getting hurt in the first place. All businesses should carry out safety checks on their business procedures to not only make sure they are all up to date, but that their employees are actually carrying out all of these practices. This will only benefit all involved as it keeps the employees safe as well as protecting the business itself from any potential employee lawsuits or fines they may incur for breaking legal safety requirements.
Especially when working in the office, it’s important that you provide your employees with all the equipment they need to be able to efficiently carry out their work, without causing any injuries. This includes providing seats that are comfortable and won’t cause back pain or posture damage, making use an employees work area is atleast 11m³ and ensuring that the monitors you provide for them to work on are of the correct resolution, sharpness and brightness to ensure that they won’t strain their eyes or cause other problems such as headaches.