Reducing Your Risk in the Workplace

Workplace injuries ruin and take lives every single day. Some jobs, of course, are remarkably more dangerous than others. Whether you happen to work on the side of a busy freeway or behind the cash register, however, there are some things you can do to keep yourself safe in the workplace.

Protective Equipment

An article in Better Health brings up the value of protective equipment. Wearing proper protective equipment in the workplace can help you to avoid being injured in some of the most common ways. For those who happen to work behind a desk, which is many people these days, making sure that you have the proper chair and seating arrangement to keep your body healthy is imperative.

Specialized protective equipment requires training that has to be provided by an employer if that equipment needs to be used by a regular employee. If you are asked to do work on high surfaces, for instance, you need to have training and be supplied with fall arrest equipment that will prevent you from becoming injured.

Know Your Rights

This last piece of advice in the same article is vital to remember. If you do believe that you are being put at unreasonable risk in your workplace, you can contact OSHA, your union, and possibly even an attorney, if you have been injured. It’s important that workers understand that they do have the right to a reasonably safe workplace and to be informed about any risks that they are undertaking in the course of their job.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/ten_tips_for_work_safety