Our Gastonia workers’ compensation lawyers know that safety should always come first in any work environment and yet many employers care more about getting the work done than providing a safe place to work.
Protective equipment like eyewear, ear plugs or back braces can reduce the risk of injury, as well as, making sure work areas remain tidy, items are secured, tools and machinery are powered off when not in use and equipment used to perform job tasks are routinely checked for maintenance and repairs.
The National Safety Council is offering a variety of safety training courses to employees, supervisors and bosses to help reduce the number of work injuries in Charlotte and elsewhere in the country. The NSC is making it more convenient by offering these important courses online in order to help reduce travel cost, time and overall expenses, but still achieve the same knowledge as you would in a classroom setting.
One thing that can reduce the severity of workplace injuries is if everyone on staff is compliant with Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s standards on first aid. Employers should require all employees, specifically those who work with tools and equipment, to take the NSC First Aid, CPR & AED Course, which teaches how to perform cardiac and breathing safety procedures in adults, children and infants. It also teaches how to identify illness and injury, how to stop bleeding, and how to prevent the transmission of disease.
Any job that requires a worker to be exposed to blood or hazardous pathogens routinely, like lab workers, paramedics or dentists are at a great risk of exposure and should take the Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens course which instructs you on what to do if exposure occurs. Employers have a responsibility to not only keep the environment safe but to teach employees the risks involved and how to reduce the risks of exposure to fatal disease or illness during job performance.
Online defensive driving courses are offered to workers who operate a vehicle as part of their job performance. Vehicular accidents are the leading cause of fatalities at work nationwide. Courses are offered for general defensive driving, safe practices for truck drivers, fire truck operators and ambulance drivers responding to an emergency.
The NSC offers over 100 safety training courses online.
The following are a few examples of the courses that are offered and a brief description of what employees can learn.
- Asbestos Awareness: Workers can learn what asbestos are, three common types, diseases caused by exposure, and what symptoms to look for.
- Back Safety and Back Injury Prevention: Two related courses that teach about back injuries, what risks factors are involved, how to lift things properly to prevent back injuries and what posture and body mechanics can help keep your lower back healthy.
- Construction Safety Orientation: All types of injuries can occur at construction jobs so this course teaches about fall and ladder protection, equipment, hazardous areas and what safe practices can be performed to reduce the risk of injury at a construction site.
- Drug Testing Awareness: Teaches employees why drug testing is important, when to report prescription drug use, the advantages of a drug-free work environment and health defects that can occur from drug abuse.
- Eye Safety: Teaches workers what the most common hazards are and what type of protective gear should be worn to prevent vision problems.
- Hand & Power Tools: Since most jobs require some sort of tool to perform a task this class teaches employees how to handle tools, the different types of power tools and how to control hazards.
- Office Ergonomics: Musculoskeletal Disorder is a common risk in office jobs, so this course teaches office workers what ergonomics is, how to prevent problems, what adjustments can be made to your work environment and proper posture.
- Walking & Working Surfaces: This class teaches what hazards to look for like wall openings or floor holes and how to keep your work environment neat and organized to prevent work hazards.
If your employer doesn’t offer safety training on site, request to take classes online that pertain to your work environment. It is the responsibility of your employer to put safety first and the NSC online courses are a convenient and cost effective way to teach employees safety through interactive video and real-life simulations.
Injured workers often need the guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation law firm to help them determine what course of action should be taken or how to file a claim. Contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A for a free consultation if you have been injured at work in North Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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