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Solution Name:​​ Safety​​ In The Work Environment​​ 

SKU:​​ SPWTAOTPT

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Staying safe at work is very important. If you don't work in a safe way, an individual​​ can get hurt or become sick. The good news is that there are things you can do – both at work and at home – to lower your chances of getting hurt. Take these steps to prevent injuries at work:

  • Lift things safely (use your legs if possible).

  • Arrange work area to fit your body.

  • Take short breaks and stretch.

  • Wear protective equipment.

  • Ask about available health resources at work.

  • Ask questions when​​ unsure​​ 

Manual handling – protecting your back​​ -The back is particularly vulnerable to manual handling injuries. Safety suggestions include controlling risk factors in the workplace, in addition to personal controls: 

  • Lift and carry heavy loads correctly by keeping the load close to the body and lifting with the thigh muscles.

  • Never attempt to lift or carry loads if​​ they​​ are too heavy.

  • Pushing a load (using your body weight to assist) will be less stressful on​​ the​​ body than pulling a load. 

  • Use mechanical aids or get help to lift or carry a heavy load whenever possible.

  • Organize the work area to reduce the amount of bending, twisting and stretching required. 

  • Take frequent breaks.

  • Cool down after heavy work with gentle, sustained stretches.

  • Improve your fitness – exercise regularly to strengthen muscles and ligaments, and reduce excess body​​ weight

  • Warm up cold muscles with gentle stretches before engaging in any manual work.

Manual handling – assessing the risks-​​ The next step is to assess which factors are contributing to the risk of injury. 
Typical risk factors that can increase the risk of injury include: 

  • type of work – working in a fixed posture for a prolonged period

  • layout of the workspace – a cramped or poorly designed workspace can force people to assume awkward postures, such as bending or twisting

  • weight of an object – a heavy load may be difficult to lift and carry

  • location of an object – heavy objects that must be lifted awkwardly, for example above shoulder height or from below knee level

  • duration and frequency – increasing the number of times an object is handled or the length of time for which it is handled

  • condition of an object – more effort may be required to manipulate badly designed or poorly maintained equipment

  • awkward loads – loads that are difficult to grasp, slippery or an awkward shape

  • handling a live person or animal – lifting or restraining a person or animal can cause sprains and other injuries.

  • (Source Workplace Safety)

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