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Staying Safe at the Workplace

By: Patrick JuinioStaying Safe at the Workplace

Being employed can benefit people in different ways. Apart from earning a steady amount of money necessary to pay expenses – rent, electricity, water, transportation, food, and wants – working also allows the opportunity to meet a lot of new people (some of whom even become good friends) and to expand their skills.

Most companies nowadays do not limit their employees to their primary responsibilities. Instead, they encourage them to take on additional tasks and undergo training sessions, enabling them to learn new things, which can contribute to their professional growth. With friends at work, they have a support system that they can approach whenever they feel stressed, which makes whatever challenges that accompany their job more tolerable. Altogether, working helps develop traits that can be applied even outside the office. Such traits include a good work ethic, respect for others, willingness to accept mistakes, open-mindedness, and perseverance in difficult times. More importantly, working gives a sense of fulfillment for contributing to the success of the organization that they are a part of, resulting in the improvement of their self-esteem.

Although working can be a rewarding experience, some types of work can expose employees to risk of injury and accidents as well. It is for this reason that both employers and employees should make a conscious effort to foster workplace safety, which is defined as an employee’s freedom from serious harm in his or her place of employment.

Here are some workplace safety tips:

For employers

·       Require employees to attend training sessions on workplace safety.

Some jobs entail manual labor like lifting heavy objects and handling hazardous substances. To prevent employees from hurting themselves while performing such tasks, you should equip them with the knowledge on properly executing these duties by making training sessions on workplace safety mandatory.

·       Make sure that training and work instructions are written clearly.

Training and work instructions that are difficult to understand are open to misinterpretations, increasing the likelihood for employees to commit mistakes and get injured while working. Therefore, you should see to it that all informational materials for employees are written clearly.

·       Involve employees in matters regarding workplace safety.

Employees who are involved in matters regarding workplace safety can gain a better understanding of the risks that they and their colleagues face daily. This can inspire them to be more proactive in keeping danger out of the workplace.

·       Have someone inspect tools and equipment regularly.

Defective tools and equipment do not only lengthen the time it takes to accomplish a task, but also make employees susceptible to injuries such as cuts, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Thus, it is imperative to subject tools and equipment to regular inspection.

For employees

·       Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.

By familiarizing yourself with your surroundings, you can easily identify the areas where you have a chance of getting into an accident and avoid them or approach them with caution.

·       Refrain from skipping work breaks.

Exhausted employees tend to lack concentration on what they are doing, which can increase their risk of injuries, especially if they are performing manual labor. This is why you should recharge by taking your work breaks.

·       Let supervisors know about any dangerous incidents.

Informing supervisors about any dangerous incidents allow them to come up with action plans to ensure that these incidents do not happen again.

·       Wear protective gear for certain tasks.

Not all tasks are risk-free. Some tasks like handling chemicals and repairing electronic items are capable of putting employees at risk. In such cases, it is best to wear gear like safety goggles and gloves to stay protected at all times.

It is always good to earn money, learn new things, and contribute to something bigger than oneself. But it is even better to do so in a safe working environment. At the end of the day, an ideal workplace is a place where people can achieve their goals without compromising their well-being.

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