When you’re on the job, you’re likely focused on the task at hand. The last thing on your mind is likely your physical health. But, being mindful to your health could actually help you improve your work.
Knowing your limits as a contractor can be tough to figure out. But, your health is just as important as your work, if not more. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy on the job.
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Contractor Safety Tips
You may not think about it often, but many contractors put themselves in situations where a mistake can be costly to their health. Of course, you may already know that keeping a First Aid Kit on hand is essential. However, there are plenty of other situations that will require safety knowledge for you to stay healthy on the job. Here are a few contractor safety tips to think about:
- Handling Toxic Materials
- Fall Prevention
- Lifting Heavy Objects
- Wear Proper Protective Clothing
- Caution When Handling Sharp Objects
- Stay Home When Sick
- Dress For The Weather
1. Handling Toxic Materials
If you’re a remediation contractor, paint contractor or work in any sort of junk removal, toxic material handling should be a concern for you. Asbestos, mold, VOCs and other chemicals that can go airborne can be toxic for you and cause long-term health problems. Sometimes, it’s best to wear a mask and other times, you’ll have to take more extreme measures. OSHA guidelines are the best way to stay safe when handling toxic materials.
2. Fall Prevention
The top fatality in the construction industry is the result of falls, according to OSHA. Falls can cause long-term damage to your body, so it’s a good idea to refresh yourself on ladder safety and roofing safety procedures if you’re a roofing pro. The basic ladder safety is the 3 to 1 rule. You should always have three points of contact on a ladder. Use a harness and other safety equipment if you’re on a roof.
3. Wear Proper Protective Clothing
When working with electricity, plumbing and more, you want to stay healthy when you work by wearing the right protective clothing. This could mean gloves, steel-toe boots and hard hats. Working hard is not a fashion statement, it’s best to prevent injuries with the clothing items that can help.
4. Lifting Heavy Objects
Something as simple as lifting a heavy object incorrectly can be damaging to your body. Not only can it cause short-term soreness, but it can also be the cause of back issues in the future. If you need a refresher on how to properly lift heavy objects, see this article from Mayo Clinic.
5. Caution When Handling Sharp Objects
On the job site, there are plenty of sharp objects to worry about. Take caution when using saws and blades. When you’re done using them, make sure they are off and properly have the safety guard on.
6. Stay Home When Sick
Like any other job, working while sick will not only produce poor quality performance but it can actually make you sicker as well as other’s your working with sick. Take the time your body needs to heal and stay off the job site when you’re sick. You’ll likely get back to work faster if you do.
7. Dress For The Weather
Many contractors face both extremes. Summers can be very hot while winters can be extremely cold. While you want to wear the protective gear necessary, you’ll also want to dress appropriately for the weather. In addition, take climate-controlled breaks as needed. Make sure in the winter, there’s a place for you to warm up. And in the summer, there’s a space for you to cool down.
Additionally, staying hydrated on the job is key regardless of the season. During the summer, you should certainly hydrate more when working outside in the hot sun. Doing this can prevent heat stroke. Taking breaks frequently to rehydrate in a cool, shady place will help you get the job done without risking your health.
Getting the job done is very important, but taking care of yourself is equally as important. Use a few of these tips to help you stay healthy on the job so you can successfully get work done.
Looking for more job safety tips? Read Safety Training Tips To Reduce Job Site Injuries.