How to Increase Safety at Work [Infographic]
Posted on June 11th, 2015
Reducing the risk of injuries in the workplace is essential for all businesses.
Removing trip hazards is something that can be done in any working environment, but what can you do in your workplace depending on where you work?
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Safety tips for the office:
– Use ergonomic chairs and adjust chairs, desks and monitors to meet ergonomic guidelines – this increases health whilst boosting happiness and productivity.
– Adjust monitor brightness to suit the lighting conditions of the room you work in.
– Keep your head 40-70cm away from your monitors.
– Your line of vision should be 10-30 degrees looking down at your monitors.
– Your feet should rest flat to the floor when at your desk. If they don’t, consider purchasing a footrest.
– Forearms should be horizontal when typing and wrists should be straight. Adjust your seat accordingly to meet these needs.
– Your backrest should fully support your back whilst sitting well into your chair.
Safety tips for a warehouse:
– Ensure correct use of labelling on all liquids or chemicals.
– Ensure all staff receive appropriate training for lifting heavy goods.
– Designate separate areas for storage and limit how high each item can be stacked.
– Ensure all areas of the warehouse are well lit.
– Safety gloves are always advised; even if just picking and packing goods.
– Use steel-toed shoes to protect your feet – you never know when you may drop something heavy on them.
Outdoor work safety tips:
– Ensure you’re always wearing adequate PPE.
– Drink enough cold fluids when working in the heat, and consume warm beverages when working in the cold.
– Educate workers about the dangers of heat or cold stress.
– Use sunscreen of at least SPF15 whenever skin is exposed to the sun.
– Take or encourage frequent rest breaks.
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