The way you work helps you avoid injury and illness, as well as feel better overall. In the time it takes you to say “workplace safety” you can improve the way you work—helping yourself and those around you stay healthy and safe. It’s time to hit the “easy button” and make five small changes that add up to big results.
Five Ways to Be Safer at Work
You can try all of the following easy-peasy safety techniques as soon as today:
Lift Items Properly
When lifting, never put strain on your back. Instead, bend your knees and stoop down to pick up an item, holding it at waist-level. Then, push back up with your legs to return to standing. Only lift items that are light enough that you can safely carry. If heavy items need to be lifted and moved, check with your supervisor and use the proper equipment. When in doubt, always ask—it’s better to be sure than risk injury.
Take Your Breaks
Your body needs time to rest and recharge during the workday. It helps you return to work refreshed, clear-headed and ready to go. Skipping breaks can lead to fatigue and mistakes. Always take your lunch break and 10-minute breaks.
Wash Your Hands
During cold and flu season, but also year round, you can squash the spread of germs by simply washing your hands regularly. Always wash before you eat and after you cough, sneeze or use the bathroom. Remember that certain items are frequently handled, such as phones, doorknobs, and elevator buttons—and it makes sense to wash your hands after touching them. If you can’t get to a sink, carry a small container of hand sanitizer in your pocket.
Stay Home When You’re Sick
If you’re not feeling well, you can keep germs at bay by taking a sick day. Don’t be a hero—working sick can lead to accidents that place you and your coworkers in harm’s way, plus you can spread your illness to others. It’s kinder to everyone (including you!) to stay home and get the rest you need.
Know How to Use Machines and Tools
You should always know how to properly operate all machines and tools you use during your shift. If you have any questions, just ask your supervisor or boss. That way, you can get the instruction or training you need to be as safe as possible on the job.
It’s Easy to Be Safe
It just takes a little focus and planning to make smart choices on the job. Your best course of action is to always ask questions when in doubt—the more you know, the safer you’ll be!