Yesterday (28th April) was World Day for safety and health at work. Did you know 6,300 people die every single day as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases? With 317 million accidents occurring at work annually, you don’t want to add to those stats.
We’ve pulled together a list of simple tips to help you stay safe while at work. You can thank us later.
A spill or a slip could mean a hospital trip
If you’re over 30, listen up. You are not as nimble as you once were and your reflexes are somewhat questionable. If you’re gasping for a brew, take a good look around the office and find someone in their 20’s to assist.
When they roll their eyes and tell you to make your own, calmly remind them that, due to your age, it is no longer safe for you to carry a boiling hot cuppa from the kitchen to your own desk.
You can’t pick up your pay with no fingers
The office can be a dangerous place, particularly when you’re let loose with a stapler or the Guillotine. Remember to keep your fingers well away from any potential hazard – including the most lethal of all – paper cuts!
You’re probably best avoiding picking up any paper at all the whole time you’re at work to stay completely safe. If that’s not possible, delegate any paper related tasks to another person in your team.
If you lift with your back, you’ll hear it crack.
Do you even have a job if you aren’t expected to lug something ridiculously heavy around at least once a year? Whether it’s a box of overflowing files or a pop-up banner for an event, you must remember to lift everything by bending your knees to avoid injury to your back.
If you’re worried about getting the correct stance, simply ask someone else to do it to ‘show you’ how it’s done properly. The people in HR are your best bet – they’ll be only too pleased to hear you’re interested in following health and safety procedures correctly.
In case of fire, exit building before tweeting about it
If you see thick smoke and flames while at work, it can be tempting to take a selfie with your best ‘shocked’ face and then write a tweet about how you hope you’ll get the day off now – har har!
The problem with this scenario is that by the time you’ve taken a good 20 selfies to make sure you’ve got your best angle and then selected the right hashtags, you may find it’s too late to escape! Get out fast. Then tweet to your heart’s content.
We hope you enjoyed these funny health and safety tips! It’s really important for good occupational safety and health practices in any workplace. Next time you’re asked to read the office manual or take part in any kind of work-related training, remember that it’s being done to protect you from being one of the 2.3 million people that die on the job each year.
If you’re looking for a brand new job (with exceptional health and safety procedures!) we have many job vacancies waiting for the right candidate. Take a look online or give the friendly team at Ambitions a call on 614841.