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Workplace Health and SafetyJune 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.
2. Spills should be cleaned immediately to avoid slips.
3. Keep the work environment free from obstacles.
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.