When you go to work every day, you are usually focused on the task at hand. You concentrate on finishing your work and interacting with customers and coworkers
These factors are enought to keep you busy. You probably don’t think much about your health and safety on the job.
Workers in the U.S. spend an average of 33 hours working each week.
When you spend that much of your time on the job, you should be concerned with the way your work affects your health.
Avoid injury and sickness by making a few changes. Paying attention to a few health and safety factors can improve your satisfaction on the job.
Health and safety tips at the workplace
- Colds and flu can be passed between people easily. Interacting with a person who has a virus may leave you vulnerable. Reduce your risk of getting sick by using a disinfectant on all work spaces. Wash your hands regularly and try not to touch your face. Your nose, eyes and mouth are perfect entry points for a virus.
- Don’t push yourself if you are feeling under the weather. If you have a fever, are coughing and sneezing or feel nausuous, you’re better off staying at home. Take time to rest and recover from any illness. This saves you time and energy in the long run. It also protects the health and safety of your coworkers.
- Practice safe lifting by bending at the knees, keeping your back straight and keeping the load close to your body. Your company health and safety policy should outline the best practices and should provide training.
- To reduce the risk of injury, run an audit on your workspace and routine. Check your desk setup. Do you have to reach far for a notepad that you use regularly? If your job involves turning and lifting things repeatedly, try to vary your activities. Pay attention to minor aches that may signal bigger trouble.
- Be careful in the heat. If your job involves being outside or in poorly ventilated areas, pay special attention to the way your body is handling the heat. Wear loose, light colored clothing and drink 6 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Cramping, dizziness and rapid shallow breathing are a few signs of heat stress.
You’re well on the way to solid health and safety practices at your workplace. Test Smartly Labs is concerned with the health and safety of all workers. We can help you learn about your current health status. Contact Test Smartly Labs for your wellness testing needs.