Stay Safe at Work

The Basics
Work can put a lot of wear and tear on your body. Make simple changes to prevent injuries.

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The Basics

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Staying safe at work is very important. If you don't work in a safe way, you can get hurt or become sick. The good news is that there are things you can do – both at work and at home – to lower your chances of getting hurt. 

Take these steps to prevent injuries at work:

If you have ideas about how to make your work safer or healthier, ask your supervisor how you can share them.

Your overall health can also affect how you feel and perform at work. To be able to work safely, it's important for you to:

Why do I need to take steps to prevent injuries at work?

All types of jobs – even desk jobs – can lead to injuries. Back injuries are the most common type of workplace injury.

You are at risk of getting hurt at work if you:

Taking steps to stay safe and healthy at work can help you get more done at work and feel better overall.


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Follow these tips to stay safe on the job.

Lift things safely.

When you lift something heavy:

Wear protective equipment.

Wearing protective equipment can lower your chances of injury. Protective equipment includes things like:

The type of protective equipment you need depends on the type of work you do. Learn what kind of protective equipment you need in your job

Prevent repetitive motion injuries.

Take the time to arrange your work area to fit your body. Don’t try to adjust your body to work with equipment that’s not set up right for you. Talk with your boss or employer about how to make sure your work area and equipment are set up correctly.

Try these tips:

If you work at a computer:

Check out these links to learn more about:

Take short breaks.

Even a 5-minute break can help increase your concentration and reduce stress. Take short breaks often and stretch or go for a walk.

Understand the resources you have at work.

Many employers offer free programs that can help you stay healthy. Find out what resources are available to you, even if you don’t need help right now.

Get enough sleep.

Getting a good night’s sleep every night is important for performing well at work. When you are well rested, you are more likely to make good decisions and avoid getting hurt. To sleep better:

Stay healthy.

A healthy body helps protect you from injuries on the job. To stay in shape:

Take steps to manage stress.

Chronic (ongoing) stress at work or at home can increase your risk of getting sick or hurt.

You can reduce stress by planning ahead, noticing when you feel stressed, and taking time to relax. Learn more about how to manage stress


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