25 Years of National Safety Month
June is the month dedicated to all things health and safety, raising awareness for identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures. While this nationally spread awareness day focuses mainly on safety in the workplace, there are many aspects that can be taken over to everyday life to make your day-to-day tasks and errands even safer. We are going to go through some safety tips that can be applied to anyone living with limited mobility, lowering the risk of any accidental injury as well as dealing with any situation as it arises.
You can read more about the work safety measures and campaign on the NSC website.
Conduct a Risk Assessment
The best place to start when making your daily life safer is to identify any potential risks and hazards; this allows you to assess them and put together some prevention measures to minimise and even eliminate them. When conducting your risk assessment, make sure you consider everything as a potential risk, not matter how obvious or obscure it may be.
Here is a handy step-by-step to make your risk assessment as easy as possible:
- Identify the task, object, or situation.
- Review all the possible concerns associate with the task (hazards, risk of injury, possibility of illness).
- List any current controls you have in place.
- Use a risk matrix to score the likelihood and consequence of the safety risk with your current controls.
- Evaluate your findings and assess whether any additional measures need to be put in place.
- Implement any new measures.
- Rescore the task.
Keep Tidy & Organised
Keeping your home, car, or any other environment you are often in organised and tidy will significantly minimise your risk of injury. A cluttered space can be very hazardous, especially for someone living with limited mobility, as this can make moving around much harder and even create trip hazards that can result in injury. By allowing ample moving room and keeping things in their respective places out of harms way, you can make the area safe for everyone to use without any accidental mishaps.
There are some essential measures that you should put in place that can either prevent or address any type of hazardous situation. By ensuring that you are fully rested with plenty of sleep, you can greatly reduce your risk of being hurt at work, in the car, or in your home as you will be operating at your best. You should also make sure that there is an easily accessible first aid kit within the vicinity to treat anyone that may get hurt. Without a first aid kit you may not be able to sufficiently treat a minor wound, causing it to worsen and become serious.