Staying Safe on the Job
Staying safe on the job means lowering your risks of injury and illness. There are simple things you can do -- both at work and at home - to lower your chances of getting hurt. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following tips to stay safe on the job:
Lift things using your legs instead of your back
Improper lifting technique is often a primary cause of back strain and injury. Keep objects close to your body and support your back by tightening and holding in your belly muscles.
Set up your work area to fit your body
Is your workstation arranged so you can work efficiently? That means having your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and workstation tools—such as your telephone and document holder—well placed. When they are, you'll feel better and most likely get more done.
Take short breaks and stretch
If you’re tired or burned out on the job you’re not aware of your surroundings which means you’re more likely to make a mistake or cause an injury. Taking regular breaks or stepping away from your normal workspace helps you stay alert on the job.
Always wear protective equipment when needed
Depending on the nature of your job, protective equipment such as gloves, safety googles, or hard hats should be worn properly at all times when on the worksite. This can greatly reduce the risk for injury.