Potential Workplace Hazards in Your Practice
Hazards exist in every workplace, how do you know which hazards to look out for that could potentially harm your workers?
The first step is to complete a thorough workplace hazard assessment. By identifying workplace hazards, you will be better prepared to control or eliminate them and prevent accidents, injuries, property damage, and downtime.
Common Hazards in the Workplace
There are six main areas to consider when evaluating the potential workplace hazards in your practice. These include:
- Safety hazards
- Biological hazards
- Physical hazards
- Ergonomic hazards
- Chemical hazards
- Work organization hazards
Here are a few common hazards from the six areas above to look out for at your practice:
- Anything that can cause spills or tripping, such as cords running across the floor
- Anything that can cause falls, such as a raised work area
- Electrical hazards, such as frayed cords
- Exposure to blood and body fluids, such as handling specimens, assisting in procedures, cleaning instruments, disinfecting surfaces and so on
- Improperly adjusted workstations and chairs
- Frequent lifting of heavy objects, or assisting patients in and out of chairs or beds
- Exposure to chemicals, vapors, & fumes, such as disinfecting and sterilization products
- Workplace violence, such as threats from a disgruntled employee or upset patient
The most common hazards stem from chemicals, fires, repetitive motion, electricity, and fall related injuries.
Once your practice has completed a thorough workplace hazard assessment, your practice must have safety policies in place that address the specific hazards in your workplace.
Remember, the first step is to identify the potential workplace hazards in your practice. You can’t protect your workers against hazards you are unaware of.
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