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For many people, their place of employment is like a second home where they have friends, where people support personal and professional growth and where they feel safe. Like anywhere else, however, the workplace environment can pose significant health and safety risks.
What are Workplace OH&S Risks
Safety hazards. Spills, tripping hazards, unguarded machinery, improper wiring, working from heights.
Physical hazards. Radiation, temperature extremes, exposure to extreme heat or cold.
Chemical hazards. Toxic cleaning products, vapours, fumes, pesticides, and flammable materials.
Biohazards. Blood and other body fluids, bacteria and viruses like Hepatitis B and C, fungi, and mould.
Ergonomic hazards. Poorly adjusted workstations, frequent lifting, poor posture.
Work organisation hazards. Workplace violence, lack of social support, sexual harassment.
Most important to note, biohazards are not saved only for medical places of work such as hospitals and medical centres. Doctors, nurses, and lab technicians are not the only ones at risk. People working in law enforcement, coroners, medical examiners, property management, veterinary medicine, waste management, manufacturing, agriculture, and other professions are also at a high risk for workplace biohazards, along with any worker who has been exposed to the scene of an industrial accident.
How to Protect Yourself from Biohazards at Work
You can take several precautions to protect yourself from biohazards in the workplace. Some of these include:
- Treating each situation as potentially dangerous. Don’t ever assume a situation involving biohazards will be fine to respond to without proper precautions.
- Washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap.
- Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to situations involving biohazards. These can include gloves, face masks and shields, respirators, aprons, special protective eyewear, and full body gowns or suits.
- Utilising appropriate disposal methods including labelled biohazard bags or containers.
- Reporting all incidents to your supervisor.
When dealing with workplace biohazards, any potential contact should be treated with the utmost care to avoid risk and harm to employees. As a result, it is often best to call a bioremediation company for help with biohazards clean ups. Crime Scene Cleaner Perth is an industry leader in biohazard remediation processes to ensure your workplace is clean and safe for everyone. To learn more about Crime Scene Cleaner Perth and our services, speak with a technician today.