A tall stack of books.
A wet floor.
A burned out light bulb.
A disorganized work station.
What do they have in common?
They all present potential workplace hazards.
Keeping our employees safe while on assignment is a top priority for our Murfreesboro employment agency. So today, our staffing experts are sharing our top tips (many of which come from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)) to prevent hazardous work conditions – and keep you out of harm’s way:
Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss
Noise-related hearing loss is one of the most prevalent – yet easily prevented – health concerns in the U.S. If you work in noisy conditions, take the proper precautions to minimize the potential for long-term hearing loss:
- Know the warning signs. Conditions might be too noisy if you: hear ringing or humming in your ears when you leave work; have to shout to be heard by a co-worker an arm’s length away; or experience temporary hearing loss when leaving work.
- Wear the right equipment. Hearing protection devices (HPDs), such as earmuffs and ear plugs, are a simple way to control noise exposure. Be sure to wear equipment supplied by your site supervisor.
Beware of Hidden Office Dangers
Thousands of workers are injured in office settings each year from being struck by or caught by an object. Here are two ways you can stay safer while on assignment:
- Shut drawers. Open cabinet door corners are sharp – and cut easily. In addition, file cabinets with too many fully extended drawers present tip hazards if not properly secured. So when not in use, always close drawers fully.
- Stack safely. Properly storing heavy items can reduce office injuries. Always store heavy objects close to the floor, and observe load capacity limitations of shelves and storage units.
Keep Your Feet (and Eyes) on the Ground
Spills, wet floors and disorganized work areas all have one thing in common: they increase the risk of slips, trips and falls. Use these tips to keep yourself (and co-workers) safe on the job:
- Keep floors as clean and dry as possible.
- Wear appropriate waterproof foot gear in areas where wet processes are used.
- Maintain a neat work area by storing tools and materials appropriately when not in use.
- Keep aisles, passageways and exits clear of obstructions and potential trip hazards.
Protect Yourself During Flu Season
The best way to reduce your flu risk at work is with basic hygiene precautions from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here are their top 5:
- Get vaccinated! It’s the most important way to prevent the spread of the flu.
- Stay at home if you are sick. The CDC recommends that you stay at home until 24 hours after your fever ends.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve(s). Throw tissues into a “no-touch” wastebasket.
Assignment duties changed? Spot a potential hazard on the job?
Wood Personnel is committed to keeping you safe at work. Please call us any time your work conditions or assignment duties are changed.