Since you spend almost half of your day there, staying healthy and safe at work is important. No matter the nature of your job, it is important to reduce your risk of injury and illness at work. Here’s our top 10 tips for workplace health and safety:
Know the Risks
Once you know about the particular health and safety hazards of your workplace, you can take steps to avoid or reduce your risk of work-related injuries or illness.
Reduce Workplace Stress
Common causes work related stress include long hours, heavy workload, lack of work-life balance, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or superiors. Stress can lead to depression, sleeping disorders and having trouble concentrating.
Take Breaks When Needed
Taking regular breaks can help you to stay fresh and alert will help you avoid burnout and injury. Try to schedule the most difficult or important tasks of each day for times when your concentration is at its best, such as first thing in the morning. And of course, don’t forget to consult your occasional cup of coffee for caffeinated help.
Use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, and rearrange your work-space so that everything you need is within your reach to reduce unnecessary bending.
Use Mechanical Aids Whenever Possible
Instead of trying to lift or carry heavy objects use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift.
Protect Your Back
If you do need to pick up and carry something heavy, try to keep the load close to your body and remember; always lift with your knees!
Wear Protective Equipment to Suit the Task
If used correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask, these can significantly reduce your risk of injury.
Stay Away from Addiction
Smoking, Alcohol and drugs are a contributing factor in around 3% of workplace fatalities. Do the right thing – don’t become a statistic.
Voice Any Concerns
Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about the health hazards and safety risks at the workplace. Your employer is legally obligated to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
Stay Healthy at Work
Organizations such as CircleCare offers platform and tools to motivate employees to stay healthy via positive reinforcement and rewards. So, if you are in HR or a wellness champion at your workplace, please visit the CircleCare corporate wellness platform page for more help.