All organizations would want to make sure that their workers are protected. Not all of them will willingly invest in measures that will ensure that you stay safe all the time. That’s why it’s mostly up to you to educate yourself on what steps you need to take to remain safe in the workplace. If you are working in hazardous environments such as mining and construction sites, you should be well-aware of the dangers you face. Your knowledge is your first line of defense against getting injured and falling ill.
You need industrial earplugs if you work in environments that can cause hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing of the ears). You should demand your employer to provide you with safety devices that will protect you from health risks. You have to speak up if your employer is falling behind in providing you with safety tools and accessories.
Understand the Risks Involved
People take risks all the time. You take risks the moment you wake up. Your gas stove could blow up when you open it. You could slip on the wet floor of your bathroom. But you take a different kind of risk when you go to a construction site, for example. Danger surrounds you. That’s why you need to understand the particular hazards of your workplace. Only then will you be empowered enough to take steps in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses.
Use Mechanical Aids Whenever Possible
Don’t try to lift heavy objects on your back or by yourself. You can cause severe injuries to your spinal cord, disabling you from ever walking again. No work is worth that risk. Instead, you should use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, or forklift whenever you need to deal with a heavy object. If a mechanical aid is not provided for by the employer, make sure that they know that their lack of investment in this aspect hinders you from doing your job well.
Wear Protective Gear at All Times
Yes, it’s a nuisance to wear headgear, gloves, safety goggles, earmuffs, earplugs, and a hard hat all the time. It’s energy-zapping to wear all these every time you have to go to work. They’re heavy, and they cause discomfort. But these are the essentials you need to protect yourself from possible injuries caused by falls and other accidents. They dramatically reduce the risk of injuries and even death. So next time you feel okay not to wear protective gear, think of the million things that could go wrong.
Know Your Rights
Check the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It has guidelines on workplace safety issues. If your employer isn’t complying with the safety guidelines, you can first talk with the human resources department about it. Afterward, you can make a report to OSHA, too.
You shouldn’t feel that you have to stay with an employer who doesn’t care about your health and safety. There are plenty of employers out there who invest in safety gear, tools, and equipment. If your current employer continuously fails to put proper safety measures in place, then you don’t need to stay with the company, do you?