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Golden rules of workplace safety

Workers have a great responsibility to keep safe. On World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, you might want to remember these tips.

The modern workplace has evolved dramatically over the past couple of years and according to a Gallup report, the average time worked by full-time employees has ticked up to 46.7 hours a week, which is nearly a full extra eight-hour day, reports The Washington Post. Spending more time at work means that your health and safety are more at risk, but the onus is on you to be alert and awake and constantly make your wellbeing a priority.

A successful workplace safety plan encourages employees to identify unsafe behaviours, to recognise opportunities to improve safety and to make well-informed decisions during daily tasks. These tips might help renew your focus. 

Be aware of your surroundings

All accidents are preventable, and being keenly aware of the hazards of your workplace and any changes to your immediate environment that may cause you harm is an important step to keeping yourself safe.

Protect your back

Back injuries are more often than not the result of minor injuries, slipped discs or arthritis, and pain can range from acute to chronic. If you work at a desk, keep your shoulders aligned with your hips, and if you’re picking up things, use the correct form (bend your knees) so you take the pressure off your spine.

Take a regular breather

These days, many workers are desk-bound, so you need to schedule regular breaks throughout your day. Several work-related injuries and illnesses occur because employees are stressed or burnt out, so stay fresh and keep your concentration at its best at all times.

Stay alert

The abuse of alcohol and drugs in the workplace puts your colleagues and you at risk. Workers who misuse addictive substances are 2.7 times more likely than other workers to have injury-related absences, which could jeopardise your job security. Check your behaviour and get professional help if you suspect you have a problem.

In case of an emergency

If an accident happens at work, you need to be prepared. Make sure you know where the emergency exits are and familiarise yourself with the company or building’s evacuation plan. You should also ensure that your HR department has an updated list of your emergency contacts and medical aid information. The last thing you want in a crisis is unnecessary chaos.

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