Thinking about getting a new job? Here’s what you should consider:
When it is time to opt for a new career there are a number of things to think about. You’ll, no doubt, think about how much money you will be paid, the distance of the workplace from your home, the number of hours you will be expected to work, how to balance your new career with childcare and other commitments, and, of course, whether it will be a rewarding enough career for you.
Different people will have different ideas about what makes their dream job. For some, it will be the ability to work from home from time to time, for others it will be the wage, and others will want to ensure they make a difference to others.
Safety, however, is not always at the forefront of everybody’s mind when it comes to choosing a new job. How often do you hear in interviews “I would like to know more about your health and safety policy” or “when was the building last inspected for safety regulation?”
What we are getting at here is that everybody has the right to ask the questions to make sure their health and safety is not compromised at work. We understand how important it is that staff members are aware of the risks associated with their workplace and ample preventative measures are put in place to ensure that their safety (as well as that of other staff members) is not compromised.
So, if you have decided to opt for a career change and are soon to be starting a new job, here are a few things you should think about from a health and safety perspective:
What are the hazards in the new workplace?
Think about this yourself, as well as putting the question to your employer. If you are working on a building site, for example, you will know very quickly that there will be a number of physical hazards constantly around you and will need to wear a helmet on an ongoing basis to protect yourself from falling debris and more.
Hazards in other workplaces may be less obvious. Some teachers, for example, may work with particular pupils that can use school objects as equipment that can cause harm, such as chairs, tables and more. It is immensely important to consider your safety and how you are going to protect yourself, no matter where you work.
Where is your new workplace located?
You will need to consider where your new workplace is located in order to work out how “safe” an area is. Most people tend to get to know more deprived areas in their local surroundings and understand that these locations can present more hazards than more affluent areas. Choose your location wisely and, if working in a riskier location, take measures like leaving in pairs, parking in a secure location and leaving before dark where possible.
Another thing you ought to consider if you are moving to a new workplace is the distance your commute to work will be. Long commutes can throw up hazards in themselves. Drivers can become tired which can raise the possibility of car accidents and other mishaps. Additionally, spending more time on the road means that you are more likely to experience an accident or collision- whether first hand or as a nearby vehicle.
While your dream job may require a fair commute, would it be possible to wait until you can work closer to home?
When making the final decision about which new job you will go for, think about all aspects of your new job and how it will affect your physical and mental health.
Will you have enough time to spend time with your family? Will you still be able to participate in your favourite sport or hobby? Will you be able to cook properly for yourself and eat well? All of these things should be considered before you shake hands on a deal and sign any contract.
After all, your health is more important than any job and you should make sure you are happy with the set-up before taking up a new post.
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