As a healthcare worker, you have become accustomed to taking care of the needs of others. However, your workplace is replete with hazards that you should remain aware of in order to keep yourself safe and healthy.
You cannot perform your job if something at the workplace causes you harm. Keep a watchful eye out for these common workplace hazards in healthcare settings.
Do you work at the hospital?
The hospital is the place where those with emergency needs often come. This can range from those who are feeling ill to those who are suffering a catastrophic injury. Within this workplace, dangers lurk in many shapes and forms. Infections from airborne illnesses and those at the end of a needle stick may cause illness and even early death.
The hospital also presents physical hazards. If you are in charge of moving patients from one bed to another, for example, you are at risk of tissue injuries, such as those in the back and legs. Always implement a team lift or utilize safe lifting equipment for your sake and that of your patients.
Do you work at a nursing home?
While the doctor’s office may not present with as many opportunities for infection, it may still become a veritable minefield of possible infection and injury. You may have to remain aware of the mental state of patients as those who have declining facilities may become combative and cause you physical injury.
You cannot perform your job if you become ill or injured. Thus, sticking to safety procedures and remaining aware of your surroundings can benefit you and your health.