Staying Safe While At Work
July 6, 2015
No matter what type of work you do, one of the most important aspects of your job is to maintain a healthy and safe work environment. There are several things that you need to do in order to make sure that you avoid risking injury for yourself and your coworkers. When you and everyone else pay attention to these things, it makes for a safer and happier work environment.
One thing that you should strongly consider, no matter what your position or workplace is to take a first aid training class. Learning about basic first aid, and along with it CPR, can help you handle any emergencies that may arise along the way. For instance, if someone receives a small cut or related injury, you will have the proper training to assist them until proper medical services can be obtained. Not only does this give you the tools needed to help when a crisis occurs, it looks good on your resume when you are searching for a job.
Learning about CPR may not be required for your job. However, it can make you a more valuable employee. Being able to assist someone who has a heartbeat that has stopped can be a lifesaving skill to know. This can benefit you at work, at home, or when you are out. The fact is that getting certified in this life saving skill is something that can give you a greater peace of mind when you are in a distressing situation.
There are of course other things that can be quite beneficial to you when it comes to staying safe at work. Should you ever have to lift anything, make sure that you use proper techniques to do so. When you lift with your back instead of your legs, you greatly increase your chance of injury. This can lead to taking time off from work and having a lifetime of troubles with your spine. In the worst cases, you may even need surgical intervention. Review the proper way to lift boxes and other materials so that you know how to do it well. In many instances, it may be a good idea to have another person assist you when lifting large or oddly shaped items.
If there are chemicals that are used by your company, you need to become familiar with the right way that these are to be used and stored. Chemicals should always be labeled and a safe work environment will have information sheets available for everyone to review. Spills need to be taken care of immediately and according to correct protocol. If you have this information already in your head, it can save you time in handling the emergency. Do not assume that you can simply wipe these up and disposed of them down the drain. This has the potential to be very dangerous and to create even more problems than if you had left it alone. Contact someone immediately when you see that there has been a leak.
You also need to be aware of fire hazards in the workplace. This includes things like stacks of flammable materials or storing things close to heat or other chemicals that could have a negative interaction with each other. If you are ever uncertain about what you need to do, discuss it with your supervisor. One wrong move could leave the entire building in flames. Fires that are caused by chemical spills and such can burn for a long time and cause a great deal of devastation.
Do not smoke at your workplace except in designated areas. Although it may be tempting to sneak a cigarette somewhere else, you never know what types of flammables may be nearby. It is simply not worth the risk. Although many companies have strict policies regarding smoking that can be frustrating for you, you must realize that these are for the safety of everyone on site. Not only could you end up inadvertently setting a fire, you may also risk your job or even a lawsuit against you for not following the rules and causing damage.
If there are sharp objects in your environment, make sure these are always put away in a safe manner. This includes things like nailguns and anything that has the potential to cause bodily harm to others. The extra minute or two it takes to store these items properly is one of the things that you can do to make sure you and others are always safe.
Maintaining health and safety in the workplace is something that should be a priority for every employee. Do not make the mistake of thinking that it is not your problem if something goes amiss. The fact is that you and others could be harmed or even die if these are not taken care of.