At Elwood Staffing, the safety of our associates is a priority. We incorporate safety into each associate orientation, and oversee programs to ensure we maintain an ongoing focus on safety. No matter the position—professional, office/clerical or light industrial—safety plays a large part in the employment experience.
Many accidents and injuries occur each year as a result of what some people call carelessness. In reality, a better way to say it is lack of safety awareness. In other words, we just are not paying attention to what we are doing!
No matter the job, ergonomics plays an important role in preventing injury and illness. Ergonomics is “fitting the task to the person performing the job.” Many times this involves manipulating an individual’s work area so it better fits the specific task needed.
Investigate the specific sub-heading that describes your work area and find out how you can adjust it to better fit you:
Ergonomics for Computer Workstations
Your Responsibilities as a Worker
OSHA requires workers to comply with all safety and health standards that apply to their actions on the job. Each Associate should:
- Read the OSHA poster in your workplace.
- Follow the employer's safety and health rules and wear or use all required gear and equipment.
- Follow safe work practices for your job, as directed by your employer.
- Report hazardous conditions to a supervisor or safety committee.
Common Sense Tips for Safety Awareness
- Know the emergency evacuation procedures for your workplace and be aware of where fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment is stored.
- Learn where to take shelter in case of severe weather. Usually, a basement is the safest place; in buildings without basements, an inside wall or room without windows is the next best choice.
- Watch where you step. People commonly suffer injury when they step off a curb or into a hole. Also, be alert for objects or spills in your walkway. Being distracted and looking away from the path could lead you into a collision with a co-worker or machine.
- Pay attention to co-workers, and don't take for granted that you know what their next move will be. Communicate when working with others to handle material. Take extra time or "call out" when traveling around blind corners. The extra time may prevent an accident.
- Obey safety warning labels, posters, and other written messages in your work area. They are there for a reason and not just part of the scenery. It also pays to replace worn or damaged warning labels, especially when new employees train in an area or on a machine.
For detailed information on specific safety topics, please refer to the links below:
General Workplace Safety: