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General Workplace Safety Tips
Posted by David Cant on June 13, 2012

Workplace safety is a topic that is too often casually overlooked, when in reality it is an extremely important subject. Of course, there are many work environments that are essentially perfectly safe, but there are also hundreds of jobs and industries that involve potentially hazardous workspaces, and in these environments it is extremely important to practice proper safety methods. With this in mind, here are some general tips for how to stay safe in various types of work environments. These tips may apply to office spaces, factory floors, or even construction sites, but should all be noted and practiced in your future work environments.

• Don’t carry loads too heavy for you. Whether you’re working in an office carrying boxes, or lugging products across a warehouse floor, this is an important thing to remember. It’s always tempting to pile on one extra box, so as to be more efficient and productive, but if you injure your back, or lose your balance with a heavy load, you may face serious consequences. To begin with, you may be injured, and this may result in time off of work.

• If your work environment requires that you wear a hard hat in certain areas, pay attention to this rule. Technically whoever is in charge ought to be making sure that this protective gear is on when necessary, but do him or her a favour and wear the hat on your own. These pieces of equipment are required for a reason, and may save you from serious injury or worse in the event of a falling object.

• If you typically wear eyeglasses and work in an environment that requires you to be active or use your eyes a great deal, you should consider heading to to look into purchasing contacts. Contacts are simply more versatile for various work environments, and will not hold you back. Additionally, if you ever need to wear protective eye gear for your work, it is far easier to do so with contacts in.

• Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be aware of your workplace’s fire safety regulations and protocol. This means a number of different things, but among them are these: make sure that walkways and hallways remain relatively clear of clutter; be sure to know where the nearest exit is at all time; and, be sure to know where the fire extinguisher is and how to operate it. An accidental fire can happen at any time, and if it should happen where you work it is your responsibility as an employee to do what you can do ensure the safety of your fellow workers.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

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