For Outdoor Workers, Safety Comes First

Safety is an elementary requirement of workers irrespective of their working conditions, age or kind of work. It is always said precautions are better than cure and when specifically talking about the outside working environment than the importance of workers’ safety increases manifold. Yes, working outside can be really dangerous at times, both for the public and worker himself.

First of all, the element of weather can just not be ignored while talking about the outdoor safety hazards. The extremes of both cold and heat cause adverse effects on worker’s health. Here, employers should have proper guidelines or administrative controls to avoid any miss happening, for example, workers should be given due rest hours and should be provided with plenty of liquids to consume. The heat resistant gear and eye protectors should be put on while working. In cold and wet conditions suitable clothing such as waterproof or wind resistant gear should be provided to workers.

Sometimes, just the sturdy outdoor clothing is not enough to give full protection to workers as this might protect them from temperature extremes but to protect the other vital body parts, some personal protective equipment is also required. For example, a helmet is extremely necessary for a worker to avoid any kind of head injury. A goggle is again essential to safeguard the eyes. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to debris and other such hazards when the workers work with machines. Eyes are sensitive and therefore proper measures must be taken to protect it. Depending upon the level of risk and nature of work eye screens, goggles, or visors should be selected. The ears are also delicate parts of the body where earmuffs, earplugs, or other ear protection can really shield the ears from the continuous loud noise of machines.

Outdoor work often involves a little more labour in terms of lifting heavy objects or walking long rough distances. Workers need to put on the right and sturdy footwear so that they can protect their feet in situations where by mistake objects are dropped down on feet or toes. While using chainsaws or other sharp tools, specialist trousers and chainsaw protective boots really act as a shield for workers.

Besides all these, the next important element is the regular check up of the machinery. Yes, machinery used outside is often critical and risky to use. Therefore, proper training must be given to workers of how to operate such machines and check them timely. The machinery should be properly cleaned, maintained and serviced regularly. Protecting workers on the site and public nearby is the responsibility of the employer. He should give the best of the safety products to his workers and should provide the proper machinery to work with. The workers should also be well versed with the emergency procedures and contacts in case any worst happens. Thus, that’s how some simple safety steps can save some big human lives and employers at a site must adhere to these safety guides.
Source: https://hsgsafetyblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/why-is-it-important-to-wear-safety-helmets