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Seven Commonly Overlooked Work Hazards

It’s an employer’s utmost responsibility to ensure that employees are working in a safe and secure environment. However, accidents may sometimes happen in the workplace, which can cause injuries and damages. To prevent and minimize work hazards companies must make proper preparation.

Seven common work hazards you might have overlooked:

Trips, falls, and slips

Physical factors in the workplace such as uneven floor surfaces, wet floors, or even loose cables can all be source of falls or trips of employees. These are one of the most common workplace injuries which prevented. As a result, the company spends huge amounts of cash for hospitalization and rehabilitation of its employees.

Clean up the clutter around the office such as unnecessary equipment, mop up of any spills, and improved lighting conditions. As soon as enforced, this will all pay off.

Wires

Any loose or live wires could potentially be harmful — even if indirectly touched via a conductor. 50 volts and over are considered dangerous. Small shocks can cause severe and permanent injuries. Common sources of live wires are faulty or old equipment. Faulty wires can usually cause fires.

Basic steps to prevent electrical accidents are regular check-up of all electrical equipment, replacement of old and faulty wirings, and proper utilization of equipment.

Fires

One of the most devastating work hazards is fire. Poorly maintained equipment, possible flammable material, and extreme temperatures may cause breakouts of fire.

Fire safety and education should be a must for all employees, as well as fire extinguishers and alarm systems.

Poor housekeeping

Clutter that obstructs pathways, entrances, and exits are all potential hazards that could snowball into a huge problem when left unanswered. Stacking stocks too high inside a storehouse, which leaves little area for sprinklers to drizzle, could also potentially hinder emergency equipment.

As managers arrange and direct daily office functions, it is important to note how employees can get easy access to certain rooms, in case of emergencies, hence keeping pathways, entrances and exits always clear.

Chemicals

Certain dangerous chemicals may be needed for niche uses in the office once in a while. This leads to build up of a stock of various chemicals, all beside each other. Certain chemicals may be overlooked, and may degrade into explosives.

To keep safe, chemicals must be also included in inventories as prescribed by the OSHA. Expiry dates should be noted down and should be disposed as soon as it nears.

Confined spaces

Enclosed areas pose a threat to anyone who enters or works there. Small areas like chambers, tanks, pits, sewers, drains, and even poorly ventilated rooms. Because of little to no room for free movement, a single wrong move could spell danger to the employee, and could make rescue potentially tougher.

A simple way to avoid risks is to consider alternatives to entering the confined spaces. Is there a safer, more efficient way to solve the problem? If yes, consider that before entering a confined area.

Ergonomics

An often-overlooked aspect of work health and safety are the ergonomic hazards present. Employees are shoehorned into certain body positions. Since ergonomics aim to reduce stress on the body, awkward positions all increase difficulty of the task, even if it doesn’t directly contribute to its toughness.

An appropriate work place, as well as proper and efficient training helps employees keep posture while at work. To help them get accustomed to ergonomic positions, organize equipment at natural heights.