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Derreck Daniel


October 29, 2019

Safety in the workplace

Occupational hazards are a leading factor in deaths and injuries worldwide. No matter

where the employee works or their job title, it is crucial that the employee and employer are able

to recognize potential hazards and a mutual understanding on how to better avoid injuries or

illnesses in the workplace.

It has been proven time and time again that the cost of injury prevention is far less than the

cost of the injury itself. It is important than an employer provide a safe and healthy workplace.

Minimizing health risks in the workplace tend to have more satisfied productive workers, saving

companies millions of dollars in loss of production, and injury pay outs to the employee affected.

Companies that lack safety trainings or take short cuts rather than addressing the immediate

problem, generally see higher turnover rates, production loss, and more down time due to low

employee moral and injuries.

General worksite precautions are always your personal responsibility. Taking proper

measures ensures the safety of those around you and yourself, leaving margins for error minimal

to the unsuspecting. There are many types of hazards that may arise due to lack of basic safety
trainings. Physical injuries are statistically the leading hazard one many experience on a job site.

These hazards may include loud noises or vibrations, slips, falls, and risks of being crushed. In

many instances, the majority of reported worksite injuries were preventable had the employee

been following proper protocols. According to Katie Martenelli, author of”, a guide to the most

common work place hazards,” she states,”the six main categories of hazards are, biological,

chemical, physical, safety, ergonomic, and psychosocial hazards. Knowing which hazard you

may be susceptible to is extremely important to yourself and other around you.

In many instances, job duties will come with a risk assessment that needs to be completed

prior to any work being started. These assessments generally address whom may be hurt, how

the might be negatively impacted, and the risks associated with such task. Companies will then

record these findings, find alternate safer solutions, then base their risk assessment off given

information. Agencies such as the Department Of Labor and OSHA where created to enforce

safety laws and regulations set in place for the well being of the American worker.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created and signed into law December

of 1970 by president Nixon. According to publications found on OSHA’s web page,”this

national public health agency is dedicated to the basic proposition that no worker should have to

choose between their life and a job. Since the organization’s establishment, we have

implemented common sense standards and enforced law against those who put workers at risk.”

Through these actions, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved and has prevented

countless injuries and illnesses.

It is important for us to fully prepare and enforce safe practices in the work, home, or even

public settings. There is no such thing as being overly cautious or safe when it comes to the
wellbeing of the individual. At the end of the day everyone aspires for the same goal, which is to

make it back home safe and sound.

Source References

1. highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/hazardsintheworkplace
Katie Martinelli, January 7th, 2019— Highspeed Training LTD

2. OSHA.gov/publications/all_about_osha
Various appointed governmental authors, 2018