Workplace Safety – Hazards

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Welcome back everyone to our new blog, today we’re going to have a look at the workplace hazards. As you all know we’re talking about workplace safety and all of its components – it’s better we see to it in parts. And not everyone likes to read about everything in a single go.

Coming back to our topic – workplace hazards – we have read about the roles and responsibilities and now it is time for us to know about the hazards.

We all know, to keep the workplace safe it is not only the responsibility of an employer but also of an employee by taking all the necessary steps and precautions.

Keeping hazards at bay is always better. And as the proverb says, Precaution is better than cure.

As we all know there are various industries out there, and all of them have their own workplace hazards safety procedure. But there are many who fall in the general category when it comes to hazard management.

The hazards we are discussing today do fall in the general category. By recognizing these hazards an employee/employees can protect themselves from the injuries caused if things are taken for granted.

Hazard and Risk – terms are usually used together but this example will help you to make out the difference between the two.

Workplace Hazards by Computer desks/workstation

Computer workstations may not look non-dangerous, but monotonous movement injuries such as repetition of stress injury and/or muscular-skeletal problems are generally due to badly engineering of workstations.

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This workstation should be set up in such a place that everybody is safe and in an easy spot to get away when there is a fire accident.

Workplace Hazards by Ergonomics

Ergonomics is basically the study of the efficiency of people at the workplace. A few unnoticed workplace situations may sometimes lead to a short-term illness or can also lead to a long-term illness. And we definitely want to avoid these. This happens when the types of work, body positions, and working conditions adds stress to your body.

It is the toughest to spot since one doesn’t always directly notice the struggle on one’s body or the harm that the hazards pose. The short-term may include sore muscles the next day, but the long-term can result in serious illness.

These hazards are caused due to the following reasons:

  • The need to lift up heavy objects often
  • Need to use too much physical force, especially when you have to do it on a regular basis
  • Dealing with frequent vibrations
  • Poor setup of workplace & chairs.

Fire Prevention

Danger

Fire safety is something everything should take into consideration. It is everyone’s responsibility. Fire at any place is a huge threat to the people and also the survival of the business. It can kill or can make some huge damages which can be hard to recover from.

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Organizations that work from a single place or premises are especially endangered as the loss of premises can completely shatter the pace of work.

Threats of Fire at Workplaces

Fire can have one of the worst impacts on the business. The destructive power of fire can only be taken care of before it has even started.  Keep it checked. Even after proper fire protection things installed at the workplace, organizations fall victims to fire.

Every stakeholder of an organization or a company like its employer, the management, the employees, the visitors, the customers, and the general public must be aware of the potential threats of fire on the premises. The employer or the management has to bear the responsibility for making provisions of fire safety and activate awareness programs for the knowledge of all concerned.

The potential threats from Fire can be common occurrences in an organization that −

  • Stocks combustible materials like cotton, paper, plastics, etc. including flammable liquids or gases
  • Uses heat methods and lacks sufficient extinguishers placed throughout the workplace
  • Has public entry, so the organization is at risk from arson
  • Has very poor housekeeping standards
  • Has poorly preserved equipment, poorly maintained machinery, or electrical circuits

The following steps are essential to deal with the menace of Fire –

  • Ensure all measures to reduce or prevent the chances of fire accidents from occurring
  • Regular carrying out of fire risk assessment
  • Immediate actions to eliminate risk factors after the assessment
  • Safeguard the workplace by putting fire extinguishers at every possible location in and around the premises
  • Remove inflammable waste daily, including the build-up of dust
  • Notify the fire precautions for the knowledge of all concerned to safeguard anyone using the workplace
  • Provide information, instruction, and proper training to employees about fire precautions at workplaces.

 

Best way to avoid the fire in your absence is to install the fire extinguisher ball – a ball that costs you less than that of your monthly electricity bill.

That’s all folks

Make sure you take proper care and keep the fire at bay!