The following article was contributed by guest blogger Tom Reddon.
How to Stay Safe at Work or in the Warehouse
How does one stay safe in the workplace or warehouse? There are a million answers but there are only a few that are fundamental no matter where you work or what you do. Staying safe is a matter of commitment to taking proper precautions and preparation for the work day. Knowing what you can and can’t do and doing what is best for you is the ethos of promoting safety. While there are a number of directives, it often starts at home with personal commitments.
Here are some basic yet quintessential tips for staying safe at work:
1. Healthy Preparations
First, it is extremely important to consider safety training materials and always keeping one’s self-informed on the latest safety measures. However, it is prudent to make sure you are taking adequate breaks and hydrating yourself accordingly. This is one of the rudiments of workplace safety besides being situationally aware and being vigilant—always be on the lookout for dangers. Your body needs rest and your body needs water. Failing to stay hydrated can foster a plethora of troubles. While this is extremely vital on exceptionally hot summer days, it’s also important to keep one’s self-hydrated even while working indoors. To avoid this potential catastrophe, it is recommended to have eight glasses of water per day, twelve glasses if involved in strenuous activity. Also, it is recommended to take a fifteen-minute break every hour and a half of work.
2. Do Not Overexert Yourself
Lifting too much or not asking for help with an exceptionally cumbersome material. If you cannot lift or move an item, it is better to ask for assistance. Failing to do so can result in a strain, sprain or fracture to the lifter and a potentially dangerous situation for anyone in the vicinity of the mishandled item. Furthermore, lifting in excess produces stress. Stress is one of the leading causes of death. Stress affects the human body in a plethora of ways, all of which are negative. Stress can foster negative effects physiologically, emotionally and mentally. Most importantly, stress can debilitate and distract any worker. When stress overtakes a worker, their mind is distracted and cannot perceive real threats. As a result, the worker is more likely to make mistakes that could cause injury but also bolsters an increased risk of a heart attack, stroke or hypertension, all of which are the effects of chronic stress.
3. Wearing the Appropriate Gear
According to OHS Online, while working outdoors preventing the effects the sun’s strong ultraviolet rays is a great way to reduce the risk of heat rash, sunburn and heat fatigue. Therefore, it is advisable to wear appropriate sunblock on all areas of exposed skin if you are going to labor outside for extended periods of time. In addition, it is essential to make sure you have the appropriate clothing and protective equipment. Wearing gloves and goggles is great when you are dealing with any potentially harmful substance and it is certainly advisable to wear heavier clothes in winter months to avoid exposure to the elements. These small steps can enhance work experience and promote safety and welfare.
About the author: Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for the National Forklift Exchange. He also sits on the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) Executive Dialogue team. Follow him on Twitter at @TomReddon.