Published On: Thu, Jul 24th, 2014

Your Guide to Keeping Safe and Healthy at Work

We all have to go to work. That’s just one of those unfortunate facts of life. You’ve got to pay the bills. Of course, work can be fun, and we hope you enjoy your job, whatever it is. The trouble with working is that there’s always the possibility for little accidents or problems. Working is often the cause of health issues. You need to be careful. You may not get the compensation you deserve if you do get hurt. Statistics shows that only one in ten people injured at work gets a payout. The best thing you can do is to minimise risk as much as possible. With that in mind, here are a few tips on keeping safe at work.

Slips, trips and falls

Falling over is the most common cause of injury at work. Take it from me – I’ve got a massive scab on my knee after I slipped on the employee car park. (That was 100% my fault, so no sympathy, please.) Often, these injuries are just embarrassing, but they can cause more serious damage. Nobody wants a broken bone or twisted ankle. The key is to be careful. Don’t rush or run if it’s not necessary. Keep an eye out for any spillages or rubbish that could be a hazard. Alert cleaning staff if you see anything that could cause harm. At your workplace, you’re as safe as you choose to be. You should log any cracks in pavements or awkward stairs and steps for maintenance. Don’t leave it to chance.

Illness and infection

Illness and infection

Illnesses can spread with devastating speed. Take a look at the norovirus outbreak at the Commonwealth Games. Any environment full with people can become a breeding ground for disease. That’s just the way of the world. There are measures that you can take to prevent illnesses. It’s important to wash your hands on a regular basis. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk or in your pocket. If you work with food, you should follow all legal requirements on safety. You should remove any hazardous waste in the correct fashion. Companies such as TCC Hygenie Sanitary Services can be a terrific help in this regard. A virus or infection from work can leave you feeling rough for weeks. You’d lose money and suffer for no good reason. Take precautions wherever you can.

Comfort and strain

Comfort and strain

It’s possible to do yourself a mischief in a hundred different ways. That’s truest in the workplace environment. Do you sit at a desk all day? Make sure you’ve got the correct lumbar support. Do you use a computer? Make sure you sit at the correct distance from the screen to protect your eyes. Do you have to do a lot of heavy lifting? Make sure you know the right way to lift a load. Do you drive for a living? Make sure you sit in the seat in the proper way and take regular breaks to keep moving. This advice may sound patronising, but it’s critical for your health and comfort at work.

Guidelines like these are simple and straightforward. The benefits that they cause are many, and you can’t afford to ignore them. Take our advice – when you’re at work, take the time to look after yourself. You won’t regret it.