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Keeping healthy and safe at work is very important. It doesn’t matter what type of work you have, it is important to reduce your risks of injury and illness in your workplace. Here are 7 Essential Job Safety Tips to help make your place of work a safer place:
Protect Your Back
If you do need to carry a load or pick up heavy items, keep the items close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles, in order to fully Protect Your Back it is imperative to have up to date Training in Manual Handling or if you are sitting at a desk it is recommended to have up to date VDU Assessor Training. Workplace Ergonomics should be understood and training updated on a regular basis.
Wear Protective Equipment to do the Job
It is vital to Wear Protective Equipment to do the Job you have. If worn correctly Protective Equipment such as Hard Hats, Earplugs, Ear Muffs, Safety Googles, Gloves or Full Face Masks can dramatically reduce your risk of injury. In such an environment it is always recommended that a Full Safety Risk Assessment is carried out on a yearly basis this is essential for Job Safety.
Use Ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, also, re-arrange your work area to ensure that every thing you use is in easy reach.
Once you are aware of particular hazards in your workplace, you can then take precautions to reduce your risk of work related illness or injury.
It is good practice to schedule the more difficult parts of each day for when your concentration is at its highest, such as first thing in the morning. Staying fresh and alert helps to avoid burnout or injury.
Instead of trying to carry or lift heavy objects use a pallet truck, wheelbarrow, crane or forklift depending on your job type.
Talk Over Your Concerns
Your employer or human resources manager need to know about any risks or hazards. Your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment ensuring better job safety for everybody.
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