The Only Workplace Hazards and Safety Measures Guide You'll Ever Need
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
It is crucial to manage workplace health and safety to help prevent any accidents from happening in your office. Every workplace has hazards and as an employer, it is extremely important to identify, monitor, and reduce the risk associated with workplace hazards.
Workplace hazards, by definition, are any aspect of work that causes health and safety risks and has the potential to harm. There are many types of workplace hazards, and they fall under four main categories:
Physical hazards– the most common workplace hazards, including vibration, noise and slips, trips and falls
Ergonomic hazards– physical factors that harm the musculoskeletal system, such as repetitive movement, manual handling, and poor body positioning
Chemical hazards– any hazardous substance that can cause harm to your employees; exposure to harmful chemicals
Biological hazards– bacteria and viruses that can cause health effects, such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and Legionnaire’s disease.
These hazards can lead to common health risks:
Damage to muscles bones and joints
This can be prevented by taking appropriate measures to control workplace hazards and eliminate or reduce the risk. This can be done by:
Identifying the hazard by carrying out a workplace risk assessment
Determining how employees may be at risk
Evaluate the risks
Record and review hazards annually, or earlier if something changes
Provide proper personal protective/safety equipment to employees involved in risky work
KNOW YOUR PPE
UNDERSTANDING SAFETY SIGNS
Identifying workplace hazards and following proper safety measures ensures a healthier work environment for workers and results in growth of the business.
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