Here are a few things we can do to make sure we're all a little bit safer at work.
Humans are an accident-prone species. If we weren't, America's Funniest Home Videos wouldn't exist and the internet would be a lot less entertaining. Unfortunately, however, those little trips and falls – while funny on the internet – can actually result in some pretty serious injuries, so it's up to all of us to help prevent them – especially at work where we spend most of our waking moments. With that said, here are a few things we can do to make sure we're all a little bit safer at work:
Consider OSHA, follow the regulations, and go beyond.
Depending on the type of industry you're in, the hazards of the workplace vary. Remember, OSHA regulations may not change as fast as industries do and they're there for a reason. We get it – it's not macho to use fall-protection, wear a respirator, or fire-resistant clothing, BUT it's even less macho to get killed doing something stupid. If you're in a dangerous industry, consider hiring a health and safety consultant or industrial hygienist and keep an eye on NIOSH – they're generally ahead of the curve when it comes to workplace safety.
If you see something, say something
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If you see something that shouldn't be happening, tell your superior. If it keeps happening, and the employer is urging the violation, file an anonymous OSHA whistleblower complaint. If an employer repeatedly violates the law, it could be noted in a court case.
Every workplace has some level of stress, but keeping things in check always helps reduce the chance of injury. According to Medium.com, extended work hours, excess of work, and job insecurity can all lead to concentration problems that can result in injury – especially in workplaces where heavy machinery is used to complete a task.
Have first aid readily available
We've already touched on first-aid in the workplace, but we can't stress it enough – it pays to be prepared. You never know when you might need to perform CPR, use a defibrillator, or address a small cut or wound.
Have a plan
Make sure your coworkers know where the first-aid or eye-wash stations are. Like a fire drill, it's always wise to practice planning for the unexpected. Run through a few drills every now and then, make sure people are familiar with emergency shut-off switches, etc., and clearly mark exits.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips to make the workplace safer? If so, let us know in the comments!