Health at Work

Health in the Workplace

Products in this category are designed to help workers keep up their day-to-day health and wellbeing. Hygiene and sanitary supplies keep workers clean after a day's working with dirt and grime. The work environment is also very important for employee health. Equipment such as desks that are designed for comfort and ergonomics in mind have been proven to dramatically increase employee health and productivity. Alcohol and drug abuse are significant threats to safety in the workplace, harming employee health and putting the safety of everyone around them at risk, so there is a growing field of technology to help employers enforce and educate to prevent lives being put in danger by intoxication.

In the 1940s, breath alcohol testing devices were first developed for use by police. In 1954, Dr. Robert Borkenstein of the Indiana State Police invented the Breathalyzer. They work because the concentration of alcohol in the alveolar air in the lungs is related to the concentration of the alcohol in the blood since alcohol is absorbed into the organs. Breath alcohol tests are therefore a quick and efficient alternative to blood tests that can be performed on the spot. In safety sensative industries the use of breath alcohol testers protects individual workers, teams and the public; just as police protect the roads from dangerous drunk drivers employers have a responsiblity to ensure employees are always working at their peak with the help of accurate and efficient testing hardware.

Hygiene is a fundamental part of workplace health, and hygiene supplies should be provided for workers to clean themselves when exposed to dirt and grime on the job. Employees are expected to keep up the hygiene standards set by their employer just as employers are expected to do everything they can to keep their facilities hygienic. Hand lotions and body wash products are examples of basic equipment that help maintain hygiene through regular use.

Hand and skin sanitisers work by killing bacteria and germs on skin, preventing the spread from one person to another. Sanitary supplies are important for the health and wellbeing of workers in many industries, especially those where employees come into contact with organic matter and uncooked meat. Sanitisers are commonly alcohol-based agents, and many can be used with gloves.

Workers must understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol intoxication at work for their own health and for those around them. Substance abuse education helps employees learn about reasons for drug and alcohol abuse, the way certain substances can affect the body, and how work standards and work relationships can be affected by addiction. Education may include specialist products used in training sessions, such as impairment goggles to show people the substantial difference between their usual abilities and whilst intoxicated. Technology has never been better when it comes to effecive training about these dangers and this is a very innovative area of occupational health & safety training.

The structure of a workstation reflects the way that employees and managers go about their job. In recent years ergonomics has become a major consideration when designing workstation architecture. This in turn has a positive impact on health, both physically and phychologically. For example, a comfortable workstation may reduce the risk of back problems, as well as work-related stress.