Keep Your Health in Check at Work

National Public Health Week April 3 – 9

If you have a job that keeps you active all day, staying safe is pertinent to your overall health.

On average, workers spend a quarter of their lifetime, and up to half of their waking lives, at work or commuting. Despite improvements in occupational safety and health over the last several decades, workers continue to suffer work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses including:

  • Cuts, broken bones, sprains or strains
  • Loss of limbs
  • Repetitive motion disorders
  • Hearing problems caused by exposure to noise
  • Vision problems
  • Illness caused by breathing, touching or swallowing unsafe substances
  • Illness caused by exposure to radiation
  • Exposure to germs in health care settings

The good news is there are approaches you can take to ensure safety at your job, such as:

  • Lift objects safely
  • Arrange your equipment to fit your body
  • Take short breaks and stretch
  • Wear protective equipment
  • Ask about health resources at work

Your overall health can also affect how you feel and perform at work. It’s important that you get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, stay active and manage your stress.

Work is one of the most important determinants of a person’s health. Always try to be aware of your environment and keep a clear mind. Your body will thank you later!

 

Sources:

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

US Department of Health and Human Services