Workplace safety should always be a priority, but especially right now. Why? Because June is National Safety Month! This is an annual observation that the National Safety Council and other organizations use to raise awareness about workplace injuries.
This year, National Safety Month is all about recognizing hazards, preventing slips, trips and falls and reducing fatigue. Here are some helpful facts and tips to keep you safe at your job.
Every workplace has hazards. Whether you work in an office building or a factory, you encounter hazards every day. Sometimes you may not even realize they are present. One of the best things you can do to prevent accidents at your job is by training yourself to recognize hazards. Many risks are easy to look over or forget. Take overexertion, for example. Overexertion is the top cause of workplace injuries. If you feel strain or stress because of repetitive motions or heavy lifting, report it and discuss safety measures with your supervisor.
Are you aware of the fall hazards at your workplace? Some common causes and factors in fall accidents include the following:
- Slippery surfaces
- Torn carpets
- Loose floor mats
- Poor lighting
Report any of these hazards to the correct personnel. You should also wear footwear with slip-resistant materials.
Did you know that 70% of workers across all industries suffer from fatigue on the job? While being tired may not seem dangerous, it can be. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem that impacts your performance, judgment, accuracy, productivity and health. Make sure you are doing your best to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. If your work hours are stopping you from getting a sufficient amount of sleep, you may need to bring the issue up with your supervisor.
By learning about workplace hazards and safety tips, you can reduce the chances of accidents and injuries.