Everyday people are involved in different accidents at work which can happen anywhere at any time. Accidents in the workplace are not only the result of instant and obvious dangers like trip hazards or falls, they can also result from insufficient training, a lack of the recommended safety equipment required for the job, or there may have been faulty or dangerous machinery involved. It is also quite common for people to develop an illness or disease after coming into contact with toxic materials such as Asbestos. Click here to find out more about the causes and risks of Asbestos related illness from the Asbestos Advice Helpline website.
However, workplace accidents and injuries can be avoided if appropriate care is taken by both the worker and the employers. Workers have a responsibility to take reasonable care of their own health and safety. The following are some tips to help you stay safe at work:
1# understand the risks
According to a recent article on ‘Better Health Channel’ once you know the particular hazards of your job or workplace; you can take steps to reduce your risk of work-related injury or illness. (Click here to read the full article).
2# maintain a clean work area
A clean work area is a safe work area. Not only will a clean environment remove any hazards, you will also ensure greater productivity.
3# take small breaks
Rahul Singh, a young professional, and a blog owner (click here to check out Rahul’s blog) argues that there are a lot of benefits of taking small breaks. For instance, he states that when we work continuously, our mind ignores small changes as it gets used to them, and we may miss some important details. After returning from a break, everything appears new to the mind and it notices small changes again. Therefore, you feel more fresh and energetic when you return back to your work.
4# talk over any concerns
Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about any hazards and risks. Remember, that your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment.
5# always be alert and awake on the job
Whether you partied all night, stayed up with the newborn, or lost sleep while finishing up the project, remember that now you are at work!
Even though safety at work is primarily the responsibility of your employer, you have an important role to play too, to keep yourself safe and make sure the same goes for the other workers around you.