Workplace safety is important

First Posted: 2/8/2009

Surry County Health &
Nutrition Center

Its everyones responsibility to be alert for suspicious activity in and around the workplace. With the recent tragedies of workplace violence and school intrusions, many companies and agencies are revisiting their safety policies.
A 2006 study conducted by safety experts revealed that many employees dont feel safe while at work. The study also identified occupations with high incidences of violence. These occupations included health care, social workers, teachers, taxi drivers and people working alone.
Each year nearly 6 million American workers are injured or become sick on the job; 50,000 die from occupational illness; and nearly 6,000 are killed on the job. But you have a right to feel safe while on the job.
Follow these simple tips to keep you and your co-workers safe:
Keep your purse, wallet, or other valuable items with you at all times or locked in a drawer or closet. Dont leave a purse on a desk or a wallet in a jacket thats left on a chair or coat rack.
Never leave your keys lying about.
Never leave change or cash on the desk or in a top drawer. Instead, place any cash in an envelope and put it in a drawer that you can lock.
Check the identification of any strangers who ask for confidential information or any delivery or repairpersons who want to enter an area restricted to employees. Dont be afraid to call for verification. Be extra alert while they are there.
If you notice any suspicious persons or vehicles, notify public safety personnel or the police. Be especially alert in large office buildings and after normal working hours.
When you are working in an office or classroom after normal working hours be sure you have closed and locked exterior doors and windows. If you have a perimeter alarm system, leave it on for extra protection.
Report any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that dont lock properly, broken windows, or broken pay phones to maintenance and security.
By following these tips/guidelines, you can help make your workplace safer.
Its up to both employers and employees to work together to ensure that their workplace is as safe as it can possible be.

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