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Workplace Safety

Wear and use the right equipment

There are many occupations that present a potential hazard. Federal law mandates that employees who work in potentially hazardous environments be provided Personal Protective Equipment (known as PPE) such as gloves, ear protection, eye protection, respiratory equipment, aprons, body suits, reflective vests, etc. If you feel your job requires that you wear certain PPE, and it is not provided to you by your employer, speak with your supervisor immediately. Also, many jobs require that you warn others in the work place of potential dangers. These warnings are posted by using caution signs, flares, etc.

Illegal drugs and alcohol have no place in the work place. A single drink can reduce coordination, impair your judgment and affect your ability to do your job wisely. Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause drowsiness. Check all labels for side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about side affects of any medication you are taking. Advise your supervisor of any medications you are taking that could impair your judgment. In many workplaces, if a supervisor suspects you are under the influence of illegal drugs and/or alcohol, you will be drug- or alcohol-tested under the employer’s policy. A positive test result could result in your termination.


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