What You Need to Know About Worker Safety in the Workplace
Regardless of the type of work you perform, there are rules to keep all employees safe. However, accidents do still happen at work. It’s essential for you to know as much about worker safety as possible to keep you and your fellow employees safe.
It’s your employers’ job to make sure you are trained on safety practices and up-to-speed with the company policies regarding how to perform your job safely. However, not all employers comply with federal and state safety guidelines. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, every worker has the right to:
· Receive workplace safety and health training in a language you understand.
· Work on machines that are safe.
· Receive required safety equipment, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls.
· Be protected from toxic chemicals.
· Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector.
· Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records.
· Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
· See results of tests taken to find workplace hazards.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed in 1970 to create workplace guidelines and regulations and enforce them.
How to Stay Safe in the Workplace
Some tips to stay safe in the workplace include:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Stay alert while on the job and always be aware of your surroundings and other people around you. If you work in a hazardous environment, staying alert could save your life or that of another worker. Watch out for potential hazards such as sharp objects, tripping or falling dangers, wet floors, dangerous chemicals, and other potential issues.
Take Regular Breaks
You are entitled by law to regular breaks to stretch your legs, rest your eyes, and keep yourself fresh. Be sure to eat when you can and stay hydrated, especially if you work outdoors or in dry environments.
Always Follow Directions and Company Policy
Do not try to take shortcuts to do your job quicker if your company has a policy in place that stipulates precisely how the job should be done. Many company policies are created to keep workers safe. Don’t cut corners or do things differently than you were trained.
Report Unsafe Conditions to Your Manger
If you see or are subject to any unsafe working conditions, report them immediately to your supervisor. If they do not take action, you may have to consult your union or your state agency in charge of workplace safety.
Wear Protective Gear
If your job requires wearing protective gear or using special equipment to complete tasks, always comply with your company policy. These items are supplied to you to keep you safe. Employers are also required to train you on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Where to Turn for Help
If you suffer a workplace injury and need help with your case, contact our office for a free consultation and advice.