When you hear the term “occupational health and wellness,” most likely you will think of workplace injuries.
However, there are a wide variety of ailments that actually are considered to be occupational health and wellness health issues which are not necessarily injuries.
When you get to work and start your day off, it’s helpful to have a mental list of safety items to check off such as:
- Is my chair stable?
- Is the lighting ok?
- Are the electrical cords out of the way and are they plugged in correctly?
- Are the doors and cabinets shut all the way so you don’t run into them and trip and fall?
- Are there items that are above head level that need to be brought down?
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Checking your work environment for these types of potential health hazards will not only keep you safe, but it will keep your co-workers safe as well. If you work from your home, all of these considerations apply as well. You want to make sure your work area is clean and free of clutter to avoid falls or other potential injuries. During your work day, don’t forget to close those desk drawers, pick up after yourself, and throw away any boxes or items that maybe hazardous.
Many of us love to light candles, plug in oil scents and use reed diffusers. Although you make feel that these things smell wonderful, they can actually be a hazard to your coworkers, clients, and patients. The oils that are used in candles, oils, and diffusers can be highly aggravating for people that have allergies and or asthma.