00:27 28th March 2018 | Occupational Health safety
No form of work should be forced, encouraged or allowed if it is at the expense of people's health and safety. Unfortunately, insufficient or lack of safety and health regulation is a major global problem and an ongoing concern in Nigeria. Most employees are exposed to some (or various) safety and health hazards in both the formal and informal industries.
Creating and nurturing a safety and health culture at work can help reduce the number of work-related injuries and death. Long hours on a daily basis add up so it is essential to provide and maintain safe working environments if there are chemical, biological, physical, mechanical, psychological and ergonomic hazards.
The purpose of this blog post is to offer health and safety advice for work environments that present physical and mental challenges and often potential hazards.
Wellness, the state of being in good health, is very important.
At home, make time for and commit to regular exercise. It also helps to plan and prepare meals in advance. Think lean protein, whole grains, salad, fresh vegetables and fruit.
To work productively, cope with stress, realise your full potential and work well with others you need to acknowledge the importance of emotional health.
A sense of wellbeing is vital for happiness.
Addressing all aspects of your health is not enough when it comes to taking care of yourself at work. You have to prioritise your safety as well. There should be preventative measures and strict protocols in place to help ensure that injuries and fatalities are avoided.
If you feel that your rights are being violated, you should reach out to the relevant organisations for information and advice related to workplace safety and health issues.
Human resources counselling in the workplace is seldom provided or mandatory, but all companies can benefit from providing counselling services to staff. If the service cannot be provided, recommendations or referrals should be offered to ensure that employees get the support they need. Benefits of counselling include:
28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay). It exists to promote (a) safe, healthy and decent work and (b) the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases
globally. This year, SafeDay and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) will launch a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers (by 2030)
and end all forms of child labour (by 2025).
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY AT YOUR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT?
OR ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT A LOVED ONE’S SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK?
Tell your employer about your concerns or make use of counselling services, if available. You can also contact Bridge Clinic to discuss health concerns and counselling options. If you have sustained an injury that has not been acknowledged or addressed, report it and make an appointment for a medical check-up.
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