Considering Work-Based Hazards
Work-based hazards are an ever-present danger in many workplaces, and employers need to take steps to reduce the risks associated with them. This includes ensuring employees receive adequate training on the hazards and injuries of manual handling and how to deal with various work situations safely. This is in addition to being aware of potential safety issues that could arise from other sources such as chemicals or machinery.
By taking a proactive approach to workplace safety, employers can ensure their staff will remain safe while they carry out their duties and minimize any potential liability should an accident occur.
Our descriptions below will look at some of the key work-based hazards and what measures can be taken to address them.
Manual handling is any activity that involves physical effort, lifting, pushing, or carrying objects. It is an important risk factor because it can lead to back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders if not done properly.
Employers should provide their staff with appropriate training on how to lift and move objects safely and make sure the physical demands of their job are not too strenuous. Every employer must be aware of weight loads and the requirements, legal and recommended, concerning what a single person should be capable of lifting without the aid of any equipment.
There will always be that decision to make between having more staff or using equipment such as lifts or moving gear. This can be determined by costs, but safety should always be the first consideration.
Operating Machinery and Equipment
Machinery can be hazardous when used incorrectly or if it is not maintained properly.
Employers should be aware of any potential dangers associated with its use, and make sure employees are given appropriate training on how to operate it safely. They should also ensure equipment used by employees is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that it is in good working order.
There is no use in having employees use equipment to make things safer if the equipment used is likely to create danger. It is important to have it serviced by professionals or have in-house staff trained in how to maintain it. Whichever option works out more cost-effective and benefits your company is what you should do.
If chemicals are used in the workplace, employers should make sure staff are capable, knowledgeable, and confident enough to handle them safely. This includes providing appropriate protective clothing if necessary and ensuring any waste products are disposed of properly.
You cannot be too careful with chemicals. Many of them burn and can cause serious injuries. In particular, to the skin and breathing function. Extra training will be required in this area if this is your business.
Electrical hazards are a common source of injury in the workplace and can be caused by improper use or faulty wiring.
Companies should ensure that they have trained staff adequately when it comes to managing electrical equipment safely. As well, firms should ensure electrical wiring is regularly inspected and maintained.
Always know the voltages staff might be exposed to should the necessary precautions prove inadequate. This will help to make sure that important things like this are not overlooked when they can be responsible for compromising safety.
It is important to identify potential workplace hazards and take appropriate steps to reduce the risks associated with them to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
With proper training, employers can make sure their staff are aware of the hazards they may face and are equipped to handle them responsibly. Considering work-based hazards is an important part of ensuring workplace safety.
Furthermore, when employers are proactive about minimizing risks associated with work-based hazards, they can help protect themselves from liability should an accident occur.