Taking care of your health is becoming more important in many different ways, as we are living longer and consequently working longer. Thus, we need to make sure that we take our occupational health into consideration.
For instance, if someone at the next desk in the office has a cold on Monday morning, you can bet that by Friday, at least half of the office will be sniffling.
It is not possible to just take care of ourselves around the home anymore. With most of us spending at least 8 hours at work, 5 days a week, the way we look after ourselves at work is perhaps one of the most important factors that lead to our overall health and fitness level.
So what can you do as an employee to ensure that you stay fit and healthy? And what can employers do?
- It is a good idea to make sure you are getting a full 8 hours of sleep; drowsiness around the office can limit your productivity and make you even more lethargic. If you have a physical job, a lack of sleep can be fatal – operating heavy machinery while feeling weary could lead to a serious injury with just a simple slip.
- A tidy desk is a tidy mind! Not only will a tidy working environment help boost your productivity – no more endless searching for that note hidden under piles of old paperwork – it will also minimize the risks of injury around the office. Keeping piles of things stacked up on your desk is only asking for an injury; for as clutter builds up, so does the amount of trip hazards around your working area. In the construction industry it must be stressed that clearing up after yourself is not just for the purpose of making things look nice. It’s for safety too; for if you leave tools somewhere they wouldn’t normally be left at, someone could knock or lean on it – resulting in a serious injury.
- As an employer, there is an important health and safety legislation in place that you must adhere to in order to minimize the risks of incidents around the workplace. The first place to start is with a risk assessment; a thorough inspection of all the processes and machinery (if applicable) around the workplace will ensure that you are aware of all the hazards that exist.
- Once all possible hazards and risks have been located, you can train your staff to act appropriately. One of the most common risks in both the office environment and factory site are those associated with manual handling and heavy lifting. By providing correct training for all staff, you can instantly minimize the threat of injury to your employee’s and legal issues arising in the future.
With the increase in accident claims and constantly changing legislation, it is important to make sure that you have all the correct systems in place to keep your employee’s health a top priority.Read More