Observing Workplace Safety Hazards

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Accident could happen just anywhere. It could happen while you were just walking out on the streets or some place else. But, it is especially common in workplaces. However, there are safety precautions that can be undertaken to minimize the risk. There’s this thing we call safety hazard. Safety hazards may be defined as a discipline aimed at protecting the individuals from risks and impending danger. This should be highly stressed especially on workers to prevent any foreseeable accident.

This article tackles about some of the safety hazards that must be observed especially at work areas. First, you must identify what are the risks and then list down the precautionary steps that can be undertaken. One of the common hazards at work is due to fire. Fire incidents are great losses for businesses and they are most especially perilous for workers since this can even lead to the loss of lives. Here are the things that you must know and you should do in cases of fire. Foremost is that you should store combustible substances properly so as not to initiate any combustion. Electrical wiring should also be regularly checked because oftentimes fire incidents are caused by faulty wiring. Workers should not also be allowed to work alone in a big working area. Fire extinguishers should also be readily available for every fifteen feet in the work place or in any business facilities. Fire exits should also be cleared of any unnecessary materials so that this may facilitate easy escape especially during emergency.

It is inevitable that workers have to deal with hazardous substances in some of the work places. This is in many ways very detrimental to health. This could be inhaled, ingested, or come in contact with the skin in the form of spillage. Either way, this can cause a big damage to the body. For example, spilling bleach can cause inflammation or even burn the skin. You may use a mesh safety vest to protect your skin from any form of spillage. This can also be used in highway road constructions in such a way that workers should really be visible in that case. If you are also dealing with sharp materials such as steel or glass, you may wear cut resistant gloves to avoid any cuts and punctures.

Other work place accidents are due to falls. Falls are usually the common cause of fatal injury each year. It is very likely that one will sustain an injury if he falls at a height beyond two meters. This is indeed a great risk for workers since it is inevitable that in work places they have to deal with toils needing some ladders or having to work with scaffolds and other elevated platforms. Painters, electricians and decorators are highly vulnerable to this. In cases like this, it is already part of the safety regulation to provide safety lines, harnesses and air beds to prevent or if not, minimize the effect of falls.

Prevention is indeed better than cure. Before any of those could happen, do something so as to avoid it. The above mentioned tips are but very simple ways but would help a lot in avoiding any accidents.

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Andre Paul B. Reynolds enjoys writing for Caloly-safety.com which sells industrial safety supply and nomex coveralls as well as a host of additional products.

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This article was published on 2010/12/13