Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe On the Job
Aug. 31, 2015
You spend a great deal of your waking life at work, which makes it so important to stay healthy there. Although most people know the basics of workplace health and safety â and weâll teach you lots of those tips through your health care education at Concorde -- accidents and illness still occur every single year.
THE STATE OF THE UNIONAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were roughly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2013, which is slightly fewer than in 2012. Fatal occupational injuries fell from 4,628 in 2012 to 4,405 in 2013, and are down 25 percent in the last decade. The good news is that accidents and injuries in the workplace are declining; the bad news is that they still happen.
AVOIDING ACCIDENT AND ILLNESSAvoiding illness in the workplace is easier said than done, but some steps that help include washing your hands frequently, sanitizing your desk area, staying home when youâre sick (because your immune system is weak and you may contract other illnesses), eating and sleeping well, and avoiding sick colleagues. There is also no guarantee you can avoid injury, but your best chance is to use all equipment only for the purposes for which it is specified, avoid equipment you donât know how to use, get enough sleep and avoid substances while at work.
THE IMPORTANCE OF OSHA COMPLIANCEIf you do not follow the rules of your workplace and comply with OSHAâs regulations, you have a much greater chance of being hurt. Some people assume that since an employer, not an employee, is liable for any safety infraction or injury, they donât have to follow the rules. Those regulations, however, are there for your safety, and unfortunately, being covered in the case of an accident or injury cannot prevent you from the pain, hassle and potential loss of income that may follow. According to OSHA, you have the right to know what these standards are so you can be sure youâre following them. If your employer does not automatically hand out lists of rules or regulations, you may ask for them.
WHEN YOU NEED PHYSICAL THERAPYIf youâve suffered a workplace injury, you may benefit from physical therapy. While the form of it ranges widely depending on the field youâre in, physical therapy generally involves doing exercises to improve range of motion, heal tissue and limit pain. A few signs you need physical therapy include:
- Persistent pain in the injured area
- Limited range of motion
- Pain relievers donât work
- You see visible changes in the tissue (swelling, bruising, discoloration, odd angles, lumps, etc.)