Whether you work outside, at a desk, or with heavy machinery, there are hazards in your work environment to be aware of. It’s important to note the potential dangers in your environment to avoid workplace injuries.

Safety Tips
1. Use Tools, Equipment And Machinery Properly
Only operate machines you are trained or certified to use and ensure they are cleaned and maintained regularly.

2. Report Any Unsafe Conditions
Fix any unsafe conditions or workplace hazards as soon as you notice them. If it is dangerous for you to remove the risk, notify a supervisor immediately.

3. Wear All Necessary Safety Gear
Always wear the necessary safety equipment. The proper safety gear in your workplace could be reflective, fire-retardant clothing, industrial workwear, or something as simple as nonslip shoes

4. Keep Your Workplace Clear From Clutter
Having a clean workspace positively impacts your job satisfaction and keeps you and your coworkers free from danger. You could trip and fall over scattered objects and they could hide another hazard you cannot see.

5. Stay Hydrated
Drink enough water to remain alert and avoid dehydration. Even in the winter, it is very essential to stay hydrated with water and warm liquids to prevent light-headedness and lack of focus.

6. Practice Good Posture When Sitting Or Lifting
Use ergonomic desks and keyboards to avoid straining your wrists and arms. Sit up straight, keep your shoulders in line with your hips, and lift with your legs when you are moving objects. Poor posture can cause strain on your back, neck, and shoulders, which can lead to serious injury.

7. Take Regular Breaks
Look away from your computer screen regularly to avoid eye strain. Taking regular breaks allows your body to rest from the tasks you are doing. When you return, you will be more focused and have a higher level of concentration.

8. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Look for spills or items on the floor that could be tripped over.
Note the appropriate safety equipment and gear for each task you are doing.
Choose mechanical aids such as a forklift or wheelbarrow to help lift items and encourage others to do the same.
Keep emergency exits clear and uncluttered so they are accessible in the event of an emergency.

9. Never Take Shortcuts
Procedures exist to keep workers safe. Though skipping a step or not wearing safety gear may save you time, it isn’t worth getting injured over. Use every tool and machine according to the instructions.

10. Remain Aware Of New Safety Procedures
Though it is the responsibility of the company to make staff aware of new safety procedures, it is your responsibility to make sure that you fully understand the information. If you’re unsure about a new procedure, ask questions.