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Regardless of whether or not you perform a physically demanding job, work in a traditional office environment, or – as is becoming increasingly common in the age of COVID-19 – freelancing from home, it’s essential to take care of your health and be aware of common workplace injuries to save you from long-term health concerns in the future.
You might be surprised to learn that work-related injuries aren’t limited to industries that require a person to exert themselves physically. They also occur in a broad range of work environments. It’s in your best interest to note the most common conditions, assess your level of risk, and take preventative action wherever possible.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Across retail shops, factories, and open-plan offices, you are bound to encounter slippery surfaces. So, it’s a possibility that trips, slips, and falls are a risk you’ll have to deal with.
Although these accidents are not always avoidable, pre-emptive action is important. Protocols like signs informing staff about wet floors are a good start.
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Muscle strains are a common complaint from workers. Whether it’s back pain from heavy lifting or a neck ache from being hunched over a computer all day, muscle injuries are broad in scope.
Employers should provide all workers with proper training when it comes to manual labor protocols. Those with desk jobs should allow themselves to take regular breaks.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, is a condition that is becoming increasingly common. Especially amongst those with desk jobs that involve typing for long periods.
Any repetitive movement can take its toll on a person’s joints.
Regular breaks are imperative, and the use of ergonomic equipment is also helpful in alleviating this type of strain.
Exposure to Harmful Chemicals
Exposure to harmful chemicals isn’t just a hazard for those working in laboratories. Toxic substances exist all around us.
For instance, those operating from older buildings, whether this a home or office, maybe at risk of asbestos exposure. This harmful substance was commonly used in old buildings and can cause cancer in those exposed for long periods.
Spread of Infectious Diseases
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how quickly and easily infectious diseases can spread when people gather together. While it is not always possible to avoid illnesses one can take measures to boost their immune system to limit the severity of these conditions.
Adhering to basic hygiene principles can also limit the spread of infections, as can opting to stay away from big groups of people should you feel symptoms of an illness coming on.
Workplace health hazards are part of life, but being aware of common problems and taking preventative action could be the difference in inflicting pain on oneself in the future.
Both the employer and employee have a role to play in preventing such occurrences. It makes sense that they come together to tackle such problems because a healthy workforce benefits all parties.
Suppose you do experience pain or an injury as a result of your working environment. In that case, it is important to be aware of your legal rights and what conditions encompass worker’s compensation, as medical bills can quickly mount, resulting in financial suffering in addition to the physical pain caused by the injury. Stay safe!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.