Workplace Safety Quiz Question One What is the most common injury that occurs in the workplace? a. Back Pain b. Heat Burn c. Sprains d. Puncture Wounds Photo is courtesy of www.morguefile.com Answer: c. Sprains Sprains account for approximately Managing a Sprain: 42% of all workplace injuries. • Ice the area effected for at least 30 minutes, within the first three or Sprains are caused when excessive for hours of the injury. stress is placed on a joint, where • Remove constricting clothing or jewelry that is around the joint. two bones are connected together • Elevate the injured area. by a ligament, causing the • Consult a doctor if it is necessary ligament to stretch or tear. and appropriate to take an over- the-counter pain killer. Areas to watch out for: • Do not apply any unnecessary - Knees stress to the injured area. - Ankles To avoid sprains: - Wrists • Use mechanical lifting devices whenever - Fingers possible. • Divide heavy loads into lighter loads. • Bend the knees, not the back, when lifting. • Carry loads close to the body. • Avoid twisting abruptly while turning. *Statistics are based off 2005 data from Injury Facts®2007 Question Three Office employees are twice as likely to fall at work compared to non-office workers a. True b. False Answer: a. True • Falls are the most common accident for office employees. • Falls are the second most common accident in all workplace settings next to transportation accidents. • Falls are the cause of 14.3% of all work-related injury or death. • Falls account for 20.3% of all days away from work due to injury. To Avoid Falls Around the Office: • Remember to close cabinets and drawers when you are done with them. • File rough edges on desks and cabinets, or cover them with duct tape to soften the corners. • Place office supplies such as staplers, or calculators away from the edges of your desk. • Be careful when stacking paper, boxes, or other materials on top of cabinets. • Make sure to keep limited clutter around the office and make sure it is clean. • Wear footwear with slip-resistant soles. • Clean up any spills as soon as possible. *Statistics are based off 2005 data from Injury Facts®2007 Question Four What is the average number of days of work missed due to repetitive motion injuries? a. 4 b. 7 c. 12 d. 19 Photo is courtesy of www.morguefile.com Answer: d. 19 - Repetitive motion injuries most often injure Causes of repetitive the wrist motion injuries: - 45% of all repetitive motion injuries occur in • Repetitive movement of manufacturing jobs. the hand To Avoid repetitive motion injuries… • Forceful grasping or • Work at a sensible pace. pinching of tools or other objects • Remember to take adequate breaks to • Awkward positions of the stretch and relax your muscles. hand and wrist • If typing on a keyboard, be sure to have • Cutting adequate ergonomic-safeguards. • Small parts assembly • Make sure to use tools, machines or • Finishing equipment in a way that won’t cause strain • Sewing over time. • Cleaning • Search for ways to work that will • Use of vibrating tools accommodate your needs. Don’t try to force • Large amount of typing your work patterns to fit the job. *Statistics are based off 2005 data from Injury Facts®2007 Question Five PPE stands for… a. People for Proactive Employment b. Pepperoni Pizza Eaters c. Police Protection and Enforcement d. Personal Protective Equipment Answer: d. Personal Protective Equipment • PPE is needed for any job that requires exposure to potentially hazardous conditions. • This includes weather, noise, extreme heat or cold, working around chemicals, working around machinery, and any other similar situation. • If you wear a hard hat, make sure it fits properly and that the suspension is adjusted correctly. • Keep protective glasses or goggles clean and store them properly to avoid scratches or other damage. It’s always a good idea to have a spare pair handy. • If you’re in a noisy environment, use ear plugs or ear muffs. • Keep hands and fingers safe by removing all jewelry before you start work. • Use the right gloves for the job. • If you work with chemicals, cleaning solvents, etc., make sure to wear gloves and protective clothing that resists chemicals. • Never use a respirator that doesn’t fit securely, has become clogged or damaged, or one through which you can smell contaminants. • Get in step with safety. Wear the right safety footwear, and have it fitted by an expert. The ANSI-Z41 label inside means your footwear meets recognized safety standards.
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