Most often people are worried about hitting deadlines or getting their job done when at the office. However, it’s important to think about safety at the workplace from time to time. Many people believe you have to be at a construction zone or working somewhere with heavy machinery to be at risk of occupational hazards; however, every working environment has its own health and safety hazards.
- Communicable Diseases: Most people don’t consider diseases such as the cold and flu as an occupational hazard, but an outbreak can quickly cut down the number of available employees. If you’ve been diagnosed with a contagious illness and your doctor has recommended you stay home, don’t put others at risk by going into the office. If you do have to go into the office, consider wearing a face mask to avoid spreading the illness
- Slips and Falls: While slipping and falling can happen in your own home, it is also considered an occupational hazard as offices regularly have wet floors and liquid spills. Be aware of slick areas and make sure you wear appropriate shoes at all times when exposed to areas that may be slippery.
- Ergonomic Injuries: Most people sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. If you are one of those people, it’s a good idea to use a wrist rest and have support on your lower back when sitting. You should also try to have your legs touching the ground when you sit to prevent aches and pains.
- Transportation Accidents: Not all workplace incidents happen inside the office. Commuting to and from work, especially when exhausted, can be an occupational hazard. Avoid making business calls while you drive.
If you or one of your employees has suffered a workplace injury, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer a wide range of occupational health services to keep employees healthy and productive. From workplace injuries to post-accident drug screenings, we provide a convenient, low-cost alternative for non-emergent healthcare services.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.