Each year, safety issues or emergencies in the workplace cause physical injuries, illnesses, extra financial expenses, and even fatalities. The most current statistics from The Bureau of Labor Statistics show nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012. That's a huge amount, especially when you note that these results only tabulate certain industries, and no fatalities are included in these statistics.
Workplace Safety means the control and elimination of recognizable workplace hazards to attain an acceptable level of risk.
Science labs are inherently high risk for workplace injuries due to the presence of chemicals and lab experiments. By following a few proper safety procedures in the labs and prep rooms, we can reduce our risk of spills, fires, and injuries.
The following brief video about a lab accident is a testament to the importance of following all lab safety guidelines to avoid preventable accidents.
Lab accidents not only injure your health and well-being, they can also lead to fines and possibly closure of labs at schools.
Falls are the most common office accident, accounting for the greatest number of disabling injuries. In fact, office workers are twice as likely to suffer a fall as non-office workers. There are many different reasons why employees fall while on the job. They could fall while walking, climbing ladders and stairs, and even while sitting in chairs. People can trip over telephone and electrical cords, open desk and file drawers, loose or worn carpeting and rugs, debris, and equipment and packages left in aisles “just for a moment.”
Prevent slips, trips, and falls in the workplace by following these commonsense safety rules:
Neck and back injuries from improper lifting, unexpected twisting, jerking, or overexertion often disable office workers. Learn and follow proper lifting techniques and always get help with heavy or awkward loads. A sprain is caused when a person places excessive demands on a joint, which is the place where two bones are connected to each other by a ligament. A strain is a tearing of a muscle caused by overexerting or pulling a muscle. Back strains and knee sprains are common occupational injuries.
Prevent strains and sprains in the workplace by following these simple rules:
MSDs are injuries and illnesses that affect muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints or spinal discs. Workers suffering from MSDs may experience less strength for gripping, less range of motion, loss of muscle function, and inability to do everyday tasks.
Common causes of MSDs are:
By using the principles of ergonomics, (the science of fitting the workplace to the worker instead of forcing the worker to fit the workplace), you can adjust your work environment to fit your body.... and avoid the stresses that cause so much pain and discomfort.
As an employer; MCC has the responsibility to ensure that we:
As an employee; you have the responsibility to:
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