Once you know the particular hazards of your job or workplace, you can take steps to reduce your risk of work-related injury or illness and maintain safety for yourself and others. See some tips below
- Protect your back. If you do need to pick up and carry heavy loads, keep the load close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles.
- Wear protective equipment to suit the task. If worn correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
- Stay sober. Alcohol and drugs are a contributing factor in around three per cent of workplace fatalities.
- Talk over any concerns. Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about hazards and risks. Your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment.
- Know your rights. Organisations such as WorkSafe Victoria or unions can offer information and advice on workplace safety issues.