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  • Safety in the Agriculture Sector

    Workers in the agricultural industry are facing high safety risks at work. These include health hazards in connection to pesticide exposure, injuries from farm operations, and musculoskeletal disorders. It’s for this reason that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health formulated extensive programs specific to this industry. Read more on “Agricultural Safety” at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  • On Hazardous Jobs

    We cannot deny that every job has its risks, sometimes even to our safety and health. Most commonly, the jobs in this category are those which are more physical in nature and those which involve the use of either heavy machinery or substances that can be considered dangerous.

    With this in mind, employers are required by law (and ethics) to provide their employees with protection from such risks. This protection can come in different forms. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a requirement for those who work in areas which can cause physical injury or harm (construction sites, landfills, etc.) to protect them. For health care providers, a similar concept is found in the use of standard precaution PPE - face masks, goggles, gloves, and gowns - to protect themselves from possible cross-contamination of different microorganisms which may be contacted either from the work environment or from the patients that they are handling. Aside from the proper attire and equipment, various forms of training and preparation can work to the advantage of both employer and employee - including first aid training and basic life support certifications, among others.

    Basically, all jobs have their own risks. This is why every job also entails employers and companies to comply with safety measures specific to their field of work. Whenever these safety measures are taken for granted, or worse, neglected entirely, one can only imagine what consequences can happen. Health and safety issues may be observed, and in the worst scenarios, employee deaths can occur. This has been the case for a worker of a certain company who has been serving his employers for a good 9 years. His story can be seen here.

    Aside from the obvious disadvantages toward the employees, the employers can also be fined, sued, or shut down depending on the gravity of the circumstances. A good example of this is the recent fine proposed against a hospital that has neglected a number of safety measures.

  • The Safety Risks You’re Exposed to at Work

    We try to finish college so we can land a high-paying job. We wake up each morning with the thought of how we’re going to get through the day at the office, how we can finally get a promotion and receive a higher salary. We go home not to relax, but to spend the whole night being bothered of how good (or bad) we did at work. Ladies and gents, don’t you know, we spend a roughly 90% of one year of our existence working for money! There’s actually no problem about it. After all, who doesn’t need money to survive? The thing is, has it ever crossed your mind whether or not you’re safe at work?

    There are different types of hazards that employees are exposed to depending mainly on the nature of their job. Occupational health, a branch in medicine that deals with possible safety risks in working environments, categorizes them into three: physical and mechanical, biochemical, and psychological.

    Among these three types, psychological hazards are the most ignored. If we only knew, intentional violence has been one of the major causes of workplace accidents, according to the Department of labor statistics. What does this tell us? Sometimes, peace of mind, stress, burnout and other psychological problems are too personal for employers to step in and care. It only means that employees, at this level, must take the responsibility. Although, we also have to take into account other psychological threats in which employers are expected to monitor and assess, such as bullying and sexual harassment.

    The safety hazard categories are fully discussed in “Is Your Workplace Safe?

  • Safety Risks You Can Avoid

    Safety hazards and your job (no matter what it is) are inseparable; however, in every danger there is a prevention just hanging around. The first step to precaution is assessing which of these hazards pose the worst damage for your employees and your business. Learn more from Josh Spiro in “9 Avoidable Workplace Health and Safety Hazards.”

  • Violence: A Threat to Safety

    Just because you’re not worrying every minute about falling debris or about being buried alive inside a mining site does not mean you are safe from all physical risks. Accidents are not just caused by workplace safety risks! According to Department of Labor statistics, intentional violence can be just as scary. Sue Reisinger covered the full story: Dept of Labor Data Shows 1 in 5 Workplace Deaths Due to Violence.

  • Government Buildings Not Safe for Disabled Employees?

    The US Capitol may be a dangerous place for people with disabilities to work. Most curb ramps and sidewalks are not in compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and pose safety risks for those who are in wheelchairs; sadly, employment discrimination is also an issue in the congressional workplace. In fact, these claims have increased over the past five years. Sunlen Miller covers the full report: Congressional Workplaces Pose Safety Risks for Disabled.

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