Workplace injuries can be easily avoided, when the right precautions are put into place. Nobody wants to get hurt but sometimes we neglect the correct safety practices because it can take time and effort. With this in mind, a little extra time is definitely worth taking to avoid injury.
Safety in the workplace should be checked throughout the day in order to keep the working environment safe. Supervisors should be showing employees that they care about their wellbeing and help towards improving productivity and morale.
We have put together six tips to help ensure you and those around you are safe at all times.
1. Preventing trips and falls
Falls and slips tend to be the most frequent cause of injuries in the workplace. With some common sense and alertness, here is how you can prevent injuries at work:
- Before sitting at your desk, look down and make sure there is nothing obstructing your chair and that it hasn’t rolled away from beneath you.
- Look where you are going at all times when walking around the office.
- Walk, don’t ever run.
- Always hold onto handrails when using the stairs.
- Wipe up spillages immediately and put down wet floor signs when appropriate.
- Obey building rules such as no smoking in certain areas and don’t throw matches, ash or cigarette butts into normal bins.
2. Give your eyes a break
You’ve probably been told that you should be taking regular breaks from your computer to give your eyes a rest — but we can guarantee the majority of you don’t. You should always take time away from your screen whether it’s during your lunch break or another time of the day.
Breaks help to avoid straining the muscles in your eyes, help you to stay more focused, prevent headaches and allow you to communicate with co-workers rather than focusing on your screen all the time. You must have breaks to allow yourself to be fit and healthy for work.
3. Fire drills
It is vital that all employees are aware of the procedure that should be followed in the event of a fire. Fire drills should be carried out once a year and every member of staff needs to take part. Below you will find the fire safety information you should be aware of:
- You should know how to report a fire and raise the alarm.
- How to use fire extinguishers.
- How to inform the fire brigade in the event of a fire.
- How to evacuate the building and where to assemble.
There must be one appointed person responsible for overseeing the evacuation process and controlling the fire prevention systems. This will require extra training for the chosen individual.
4. Keep emergency exits clear
Never place anything in front of an emergency exit door. Whilst this sounds like a no-brainer people often forget and are always placing things that obstruct fire exits. Ensure the pathway is clear at all times in case of emergency.
5. Report unsafe conditions
The best way to stop unsafe conditions from happening is to report them as soon as they occur and help to be part of the solution. Supervisors are legally obligated to provide a safe working environment and take care of those unsafe conditions. It is important to always report hazardous conditions as soon as possible to keep everyone safe.
6. Make sure workstations are safe
Workstations should be safe at all times. You should be able to place your feet on the floor when at your workstation with your thighs parallel to the floor. The backrest of your chair needs to be able support your lower back too.
Make sure you are able to move your chair around easily and check that the base of your chair has five parts to it that touch the ground — these could be called castors. If one of yours has become unstable or you are missing one, take a look at the Tente site to find the correct fixture for you and have your employer fit or replace the ones on your chair. When sitting at a computer screen you need to make sure you can read the screen with little movement from your head, neck and shoulders.
Incorporate these safety tips into your office and that way everyone will stay safe at all times.