Workplace Safety 101: A Must-Read for All Parents

Are you worried about the well-being of your loved ones as a parent or caregiver? If so, you should know that workplace safety and health are fundamental rights, not just luxuries.

Did you know that in 2017, 2.8 million people died from work-related illness and injury? That’s a lot! This is according to estimates from the International Labour Organization and the International Commission on Occupational Health. 

The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of putting safety and health at work at the top of the list. It is more essential than ever to take precautions to keep everyone safe, given the high number of work-related diseases and fatalities that have been recorded. The use of masks, hand washing, and social isolation are examples.

Amidst the celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023, commemorated every year on April 28, let’s take a closer look at why it’s essential to prioritize safety and health in the workplace, but first, what are some of the types of workplaces to you as a parent may encounter apart from the typical office workstation?

Here are some common examples:

  • Home office: A dedicated room or space in the home that is used specifically for work purposes. This might include a desk, chair, computer, and other necessary equipment.
  • Libraries: Libraries offer a quiet and comfortable environment for people to work, with access to books, research materials, and computer workstations.
  • Cafes or coffee shops: Some people prefer to work in public spaces like cafes or coffee shops, where they can enjoy the atmosphere and access food and drinks.
  • Outdoor spaces: Some people may work outside in a park, on a balcony, or in a backyard. Depending on the weather, this can provide a change of scenery and fresh air, although it may only sometimes be practical or comfortable.
  • Co-working spaces: These are shared workspaces where people can rent a desk or office space for some time. Co-working areas often offer internet access, printing services, and conference rooms.
  • Virtual workplaces: Some jobs may require employees to work in virtual or remote teams, using online collaboration tools and communication platforms to work together from different locations.
  • Mobile workplaces: Employees may need to be mobile for some jobs and work from different locations throughout the day. This might include working from a car, train, or other transport or using a portable workstation like a laptop or tablet.

Workplace Safety For Parents Working at Home

Recently, many parents have been working from home while juggling their parenting responsibilities. While working from home can be a great way to stay safe and productive, it’s essential to prioritize workplace health and safety, especially when working with children around.

As a parent, your health and safety are crucial, and taking steps to maintain a safe and healthy workplace is essential. 

Here are some tips to help you prioritize workplace health and safety while working from home.

  • Set up a designated workspace: It’s essential to have a designated workspace, preferably with a separate entrance. This will help you maintain a work-life balance and ensure your workspace is free from any distractions that could compromise your safety.
  • Keep your workspace clean and organized: It’s essential to keep your workspace clean and organized to prevent accidents and injuries. Ensure your workspace is clutter-free and your equipment is in good working condition.
  • Take regular breaks: Regular breaks are critical for physical and mental well-being. Take time to stretch, move, and rest your eyes to avoid strains and other work-related injuries.
  • Communicate with your employer: If you have concerns about your workplace health and safety, it’s essential to communicate with your employer. They are responsible for providing employees with a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Keep your children safe: When working from home with children around, it’s crucial to take steps to keep them safe. Store hazardous materials out of reach, and use childproof locks to prevent access to your workspace.
  • Take care of your mental health: Working from home can be stressful, and taking care of your mental health is essential. Take breaks, practice self-care, and seek support if needed.
  • Educate yourself and the people in your life on the value of workplace safety and health. 
  • Urge your family members to speak up if they sense danger or illness at work.
  • Keep dangerous items out of your children’s reach
  • Teach children about safety precautions because they will be in your work environment at most times
  • Maintain open communication about any worries that people around you have. 

Bottom Line

Safety and health in the workplace are essential rights that should always be prioritized. As parents and caregivers, you have a responsibility to ensure the well-being of your loved ones, both in and out of the workplace. Parents can work together to create a safer and healthier world for themselves and their little ones.

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