Staying healthy and safe at work is important. No matter what your job. Your rights as an employee to work in a safe and healthy environment are given to you by law and can’t be changed or removed by your employer.
Here are some tips to help make your workplace safe.
- Take regular breaks
Staying fresh and alert will help you avoid injury or exhaustion. Plan the most difficult tasks of each day for times when your concentration is best, such as first thing in the morning.
- Avoid stooping or twisting
Use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, and rearrange your work area so that everything you need is within easy reach.
- Use mechanical aids whenever possible
Instead of trying to lift or carry a heavy object, use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift.
- Protect your back
If you do need to pick up and carry heavy loads, keep the load close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles.
- Wear protective equipment to suit the task
If worn correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
- Talk over any concerns
Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about hazards and risks. Your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment.
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