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Questions tagged [safety]

Use this tag for workplace-related safety issues.

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Dangerous workplace travelling [closed]

I'm fairly new at my job, only had graduated last year and have been working since. I mostly do onsite repairs in vendor locations in the United States. During downtime, I'm basically in my home ...
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3answers
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Informing employers about my unwillingness to take work laptop home

Most of the Indian IT companies, big or small, issue work laptops to their employees, junior or senior. The intention could vary from office to office, viz catering to important and critical issues on ...
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How should I tactfully let my coworker know I'm uncomfortable being alone with someone else in a closed-off room? [closed]

I often have to work in our server room with a colleague, doing things like racking new systems, replacing drives, diagnosing issues, etc. It's a super loud room with around 50 units going at once, so ...
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Can I keep burn cream in the first aid box? [closed]

My workplace is in the UK and I'm the first-aider. There's no company policy which stops us from keeping burn cream (e.g. savlon), but HR have voiced concerns about potential legal issues, so I've ...
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Someone broke into the backdoor at work and stole my backpack with my “to-go-home” in it. Am I covered? What should I do? [closed]

We have a backdoor that is always unlocked when someone is working because we use it quite often. All of our staff things (coats, boots, shoes, bags) stay at the back. I was working in the middle of ...
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Coworkers flashing with optical mouses lasers during work

I work in a fairly small office room with 4 other coworkers. Two of them sit in front of me facing my direction. From time to time it will happen that as they work they will slighly pick up their ...
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My doctor issued an open toe orthopedic shoe and my company is making me buy a closed-toe shoe

I'm under a doctor's care, wearing an orthopedic shoe. My company is making me buy a closed toe orthopedic shoe. I had toe surgery. I’m a cashier. Can they do that? Are there good resources to ...
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Ways to improve job situation with boss that is forgetful and is breaking safety rules

I work in a pool teaching water classes, and I have a fairly nice boss who means well; however, she is very forgetful. For example, once a year the pool is closed to be cleaned for a week, but I only ...
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Use of malfunctioning company car

In of my business trips to USA, I was directed to use one of the company cars. The car seemed to have a severe brake issues and not having an oil changed for a year and a half after the deadline. I ...
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How do I choose an effective pair of safety boots for my workplace? [closed]

In some hard workplaces, we need to wear safety boots. How do I choose an effective pair of boots?
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How to deal with unsafe working conditions at a college job that are the fault of student workers and not a supervisor?

I have a job replacing light bulbs at my school that involves working with three other students. They have each been working the position significantly longer than I have (I am two weeks in) and have ...
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13answers
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Employer asking us to move items that are approximately 1000 lbs (450 kg) each. How can I address this issue properly so that no one gets hurt?

Our employer is asking us to move items that are approximately 1000 lbs (450 kg) each from one building to another. We will need to move 5 of these machines out of a building and somehow load them ...
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Dealing with safety issues in a factory

I have been working on a production line for a couple of years now. Things were great when we started, but the safety is getting worse. The water fountain doesn't work anymore and we have a rolling ...
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2answers
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How to avoid second-hand cigarette smoke in new job? [duplicate]

I just started a new paralegal job, which I'm really excited about. This represents a career change for me. But I have a big problem. I work closely with one person, let's call her J. When I went ...
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How to handle unwanted attention from “fans” in the workplace?

(Disclaimer: I am by no means a famous person, but I do have a medium sized YouTube channel with around 100k subscribers.) So it just happenend that the company I worked for a couple years now hired ...
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How can I solve our insufficient breaks without negatively impacting availability?

I work as lead instructor for a high ropes course. Obviously, it's a safety-critical position - I'm responsible for the safety of both our customers and my team. The problem I'm having is that we don'...
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Health and Safety: Chair options [closed]

I prefer to sit in a firm and stable chair. The health and safety officer has stated I must sit in a Wheelie chair, I find them incredibly uncomfortable and generally seem designed for male leg ...
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What can I do about fire and health hazards at my former workplace?

For a few weeks, I was working at a scenery shop in Florida. The shop is a toxic mess. They openly burn Styrofoam with little to no ventilation. The lumber is stacked upright inviting a dangerous ...
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Employer providing uncomfortable PPE (safety footwear) [closed]

We are in the UK and a friend of mine is changing roles within her job into one in which she has to wear non-slip safety shoes (PPE - Personal Protective Equipment). The standard shoes that my ...
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Office kitchen etiquette ( Teaspoons - hand wash or dishwasher ) [closed]

After making a cup of tea/coffee in the office kitchen, I rinse the spoon under the tap, dry it on a tea-towel and replace it in the cutlery drawer. Most (if not all) co-workers put used teaspoons in ...
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5answers
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Manager does not schedule breaks for team members

I work in a seasonal (summer lifeguard) position in Colorado where most of my time is spent out in the sun or doing physical labor of some sort. It isn't particularly arduous work, but it can be ...
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How to protect against a scam? [closed]

I need of money (due to lack of employment and necessities) and wouldn’t normally consider this. A trusted friend has told me he has a business connection who needs legal documents delivered to ...
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Our company is exposing the public to a health risk and my boss doesn't want to deal with it [closed]

I am partly responsible for the maintenance of some arcade machines. My official title is "Arcade Attendant", but I can act as a technician. These arcade machines are in an extremely high traffic area....
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Being attacked by a client in my workplace - what are my rights?

I work in a home health care situation, and recently I was attacked by one of my clients. I was hit twice, one of which left marks, had my hair pulled, and had my head slammed against a table. I was ...
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How should I report someone who makes a potentially dangerous joke on the job? [closed]

I do some work in film. I get it through an agency. I was on set the other day where actors dressed up as cops. Part of the costume included a fake gun. One guy, call him Joe, made a bad joke and ...
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How should I handle fiberglass insulation raining on our office through the air vents? [closed]

The company I work for rents office space, and we have recently had fiberglass insulation coming through the air vents, often in largish chunks (think dust bunnies that you'd find under a bed after a ...
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8answers
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Boss not providing adequate safety equipment

I really enjoy my job working in an automotive shop, but my boss is not providing any safety equipment unless I ask for it on my own. He does not wear any either, so I don't know if he even knows all ...
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3answers
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Resources to prepare for safety-critical software (medical) interview? [closed]

Has anyone found interview preparation resources specific to safety-critical design? In this case for medical applications? I have an interview coming up and it's clear from their communication that ...
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1answer
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Regulations regarding fire codes/OSHA for exit clearance for multiple employees in tight working conditions

Can anyone tell me if there is any regulations (referring to the title of my question) that outline specific requirements for employees' exit clearance. For example: I'm in a 12' x 23' room that has ...
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5 - 10 minutes spent on a “safety topic” before every meeting [closed]

My company recently started requiring this 5 - 10 minute "safety topic" be performed by an employee before every meeting. It is presented as a way of making our workplace safer. In reality, they are ...
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5answers
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Approaching management about safety incident

I work at a pool as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, Water Saftey Instructor and WSI Trainer. I have been a lifeguard and WSI for 9 years, lifeguard instructor for 4 years, in a lifeguard ...
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My work can affect peoples safety, and my employer prefers rapid development over quality?

I work at a company where bugs in my code could affect peoples safety, but often the company seems to prefer rapidly developed features (which the company uses to make more money) over high quality ...