5 Top Hazards Within The Workplace
Posted By Kelly Hone on 2018-03-02 14:29
When you know how injuries occur in the workplace, you can put in place prevention measures! Recent studies have shown that the most common hazards in a workplace from chemicals, fires, repetitive motion, electricity and fall related injuries.
Keeping your employees safe can ensure a happier, more productive workplace. Build safety policies that address the specific hazards in your workplace.
Your employees may be at risk of health hazards if their jobs are exposed to dangerous chemicals.
Substances that can harm your workers include fumes, gases, liquids, solids, dust, vapors and corrosives. Whether your employees are at risk of ingesting the substance, inhaling it or absorbing it through the skin, you have a responsibility to ensure the risks are minimized. These types of hazards can be in any type of business you run, from manufacturing to retail!
No matter what company you are running, fire is the greatest risk out there! Fire Department Fire Prevention Division estimates 70,000 to 80,000 fires occur in businesses world wide each year. Knowing where your fire extinguishers are, holding fire drills regularly and informing employees of your emergency escape routes can ensure full workplace safety.
3. Repetitive Use Injury
When your employees repeat the same actions throughout the day, such as typing or rolling dough, or washing windows, they are at ri?sk of repetitive use injury. The parts of the body that suffer from repetitive use are the back, shoulders, forearms, wrists and hands. Ensuring adequate breaks from job duties can reduce the risk of injury.
4. Electrical Hazards
People who work directly with electricity, including electricians and engineers, are at risk of injury. People who work with electrical equipment in the office are also at risk of injury. Even an office worker making a fix with power tools outdoors can sustain electrical injury during adverse weather. You as an employer can minimize the risk of injuries by:
- Using one extension cord or a power strip per connection.
- Keeping all liquids clear of electrical equipment.
- Conducting regular safety examinations within the workplace
5. Accidental Falls and Falling Objects
If your employees work at elevated heights, they may be at risk of accidental falls.
Anytime objects are stored at or above head level, there is a risk of injury caused by falling objects. Wearing safety gear including a hard hat or harness, and installing guardrails or a safety net can reduce the risk of injury. Instruct employees on the safe use of equipment.
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