September is National Preparedness Month, which encourages individuals and businesses alike to prepare for emergency situations, disasters and health risks that could occur in their everyday environments. Emergencies and disasters can happen when they are least expected. Therefore, it is crucial for employees to be prepared for a variety of workplace emergencies (e.g., fires, chemical spills and natural disasters) to keep everyone safe.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employees like you should be aware of the following workplace emergency response information:
When developing emergency plans, OSHA recommends that employers appoint an emergency response coordinator. If you are given this role in the workplace, you may be tasked with the following duties:
Emergency response coordinators should also be trained on how to respond to different hazards. Training topics may include fire extinguisher operations, first aid, CPR, chemical spill protocols and search-and-rescue procedures.
Overall, all employees must be aware of the types of emergencies that could impact the workplace and know how to respond to these incidents safely. For more information on preparing for workplace emergencies, consult your supervisor.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health problems are among the largest overall health concerns in the United States, as an estimated 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year. Additionally, over half (56%) of employees reported that stress and anxiety have impacted their productivity in the workplace, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
With this information in mind, it’s clear that mental health is equally as important in the workplace as physical health. Fortunately, the CDC released steps employees like you can take to promote significance of mental health and stress management. This guidance includes tips that include the following:
If you have further questions regarding mental health and stress management in the workplace, consult your supervisor.
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