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The top health and safety hazard in any workplace

The top health and safety hazard in any workplace (Last Updated On: June 16, 2016)

No matter the type of business you work in, think about the health and safety issues currently present. It is more than likely that the hazard identified here is impacting yours, and many other workplaces, each day.

Work health and safety is a key obligation for business owners and employers, regardless of industry and while workplace incidents are generally small, they can have a significant impact for a number of reasons. Continual and repeated injuries can add up, affecting business productivity due to the impact on employees’ ability to perform and/or as a result of employee absenteeism. In some cases, ignoring small workplace hazards can result in much more significant problems.

The number one hazard in any workplace – trips and falls

Trips and falls are the most common type of safety issue in any workplace. It is almost a given that at least one trip/fall hazard is visible at any one time within a workplace. Whether it be stock, cords, boxes, spills or awkwardly placed furniture, it is important that any work environment is completely free from these types of hazards. To help prevent trips and falls, some key things to consider, and perhaps change today are listed below.

1. Anything above shoulder level should be retrieved with the use of a step stool or ladder.

  • Step stools and ladders must be in good condition. Those that have broken rungs or legs and are wobbly are a safety hazard and need to be removed
  • Chairs, desks, toolboxes or boxes should never replace ladders or step stools. Make sure you have the appropriate equipment accessible to staff

2. Spills should be cleaned immediately to avoid slips.

  • Ensure warning signs are placed around the spill so caution can be taken by all employees

3. Keep the work environment free from obstacles.

  • Throw rubbish away, and keep floors free of obstacles and unnecessary items
  • Ensure the furniture is positioned to support clear walk ways
  • Make sure all electrical cords do not create obstacles and are taped down if required
  • Keep your stock and other supplies neatly stored, away from walk ways and work spaces

Work health and safety is a serious matter that needs extra care and attention. Safe Work Australia suggests in 2013 – 2014 there were 106,565 serious workers compensation claims, 90% being the result of injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

If you need assistance in understanding and identifying the health and safety requirements in your workplace, call Employsure on 1300 651 415.

 

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