Tips for Staying Healthy at Work

As adults, we spend a lot of our life in the workplace. Whether that is in an office, construction site, store, or even from home, there are many opportunities to get sick or injured. Take care of yourself while working to avoid illnesses/injuries every day. Here are some tips for staying healthy in the workplace.

In an Office

Get Up and Move
Have you ever kept track of how often you are sitting at your desk? Too much sitting at work can lead to obesity, higher blood pressure and cholesterol, and other cardiovascular diseases[Source]. Unless you are using a standing desk, you need to do yourself some good and get up more and move around. Take a quick break every 30 minutes or so and take a short walk around your desk or your office. If you need to speak with someone in the building, don’t call or email them, walk to them and speak with them in person. If you must speak on the phone, try standing while you take the call. Your body will thank you.

Disinfect
Research conducted by the University of Arizona found that the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than an average toilet seat[Source]. It can be even worse if you share a workstation with someone else. Take some time once a week to clean and disinfect your desk to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

Physical Labor

The Right Gear
In any manual labor job, moving is going to be a big part of your day. Make sure you have good, well-fitting, appropriate shoes to help protect your feet from injuries and soreness. Inserts can help cushion your feet further. Make sure you are wearing the right footwear for the job – steel-toed boots for construction, slip-resistant shoes for food-service workers, etc. Remeasure your shoe size every year to make sure you are buying new shoes that fit properly. Always wear the proper safety gear when needed, including helmets, safety glasses, gloves, etc. Even if using one may be inconvenient, doing so will reduce your chance of injury if an accident happens.

Work Safely
Use proper lifting techniques and supports and don’t be afraid to get help if the object requires more to lift it. Follow all workplace safety regulations and use any equipment properly and for their intended use. Only those qualified to use the equipment should do so to reduce the chance of an accident happening. Know where your closest first aid kit is located in case of injury and have your phone accessible in case you need to call emergency services.

No Matter Where You Work

Prevent the Spread of Germs
A lot of the people work in close proximity to one another in an office setting. The easiest way to prevent the spread of bacteria and illnesses is to wash your hands. Do so after using the restroom, before you eat, after you eat, and anytime you cough or sneeze. Along those lines, also make sure to sneeze and cough into your elbow and not your hands or arm. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid any coworkers who are currently sick, especially if you haven’t had a chance to wash your hands in a while.

Take care to not come to work if you are sick. This is especially important if you work in the foodservice industry. Illnesses can be easily spread by someone preparing or serving food while they are under the weather.

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