Unlike for those who work in comfortable offices with ergonomically designed chairs and tables with air conditioners and pretty flower decorations, for those working in the industrial sector, life is a lot harder. The grueling hours in the sun or in hot humid factory interiors, health concerns are lower down on the list. However, it is for these same people that health and safety is a key factor in the effective functioning of the workplace. They are usually required to do a significant amount of manual labor and proper health must be maintained in order to keep productivity at its maximum. Here are a few ways in which each sector of industrial workers need to focus on maintaining their health.
Research conducted the health and safety of construction workers states that close to twenty percent of the injuries are to the fingers due to power tools and miss handled equipment. The next most frequent injury is to the back due to heavy lifting.
Staff therefore need to be properly trained in handling specialized equipment and possibly educated under an appropriate training course to ensure only loads they can handle are properly carried, thus not resulting in serious injuries to the back.
For this sector of workers, the biggest threat are the pesticides and chemicals used in farming. These can be extremely harmful to the body and proper protective gear need to be worn by all employees. Also, they need to be trained in using these harmful chemicals, disposing of them and in first aid in the case of an emergency associated with these said chemicals.
A manufacturing plant is usually dotted with numerous debris, excess filings, material off-cuts and a hundred other razor edged parts which are extremely hazardous to the human body. Effective training guidelines must be given to the staff in order to effectively store and dispose of the waste material which is left over after each day on the plant. It is vital to have daily inspections of the manufacturing floor and stores to ensure no hazardous materials are left behind. It is important to keep a clean environment when operating a manufacturing plant to ensure employee safety.
All service sectors as a whole need to have a skilled task force to carry out the services, especially those which require a sound technical knowledge properly. Special care must be taken when handling electrical items with possible water logging conditions where the electrical items may get damaged and in turn effect the employee. They also frequently deal with high-tension wires which require specialized training and ample care and patience when dealing with.