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When I'm at work: Being healthy

Fact sheet: being sunsmart

If you work outside, or go outside during your lunch or tea breaks, it is important that you take care of your skin by being sunsmart.

Slip on some sunprotective work clothing

Slap on a hat

Slap on 30+ sunscreen

Slide on some sunglasses

Stay cool and drink lots of fluids

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Fact sheet: keeping your workplace clean and tidy

An untidy or dirty workplace affects everyone who works there in a bad way. It can mean:

An untidy and dirty tea-room can be just as bad because:

A tidy workplace and tea-room is everyone's responsibility.

Brendan's story

Brendan was taking his morning tea-break. He had eaten a banana and had a cup of tea. The banana peel and tea-bag were on the table near him, and he had spilled some milk on the kitchen bench.

It was time to finish his break, and Brendan had lots to do. He was just about to get up and go back to work when he remembered what Steve, his supervisor, had said about being tidy. Brendan decided that he didn't want to have a dirty tea-room, and he didn't want to make his co-workers angry with him by leaving a mess.

He put his rubbish in the bin, wiped the bench, washed his hands and then went back to work. It didn't take him very long to clean up. He left the tea-room clean and tidy, and looking nice.

Fact sheet: wash your hands and keep germs away

No matter what you touch in your workplace, you could come into contact with germs.

This might happen during a normal work day when you:

Once germs are on your hands, it is very easy for them to get into your mouth.

Just think about all the foods you eat with your hands during the day, for example, sandwiches, fruit, and toast.

Germs can be transferred from your hands onto your food, and then into your mouth. They can also move from your hands onto the people around you.

The best way that you can stop germs from spreading is by washing your hands.

Washing your hands can stop germs from making you or someone else sick. The best time to wash your hands when you are at work is:

Tips for washing your hands well

You need to wash them properly to get rid of any germs. To do this you need to:

Ryan's story

Ryan worked at XYZ Enterprises and they were having a very busy day. He needed to go to the toilet and knew that he would need to get back to his work as quickly as possible. He didn't want to let his team down.

Ryan thought that he could save some time by going straight back to work without washing his hands. He then remembered the talk his supervisor had given about how important it is to wash your hands and get rid of germs.

Ryan decided that he would do the right thing. He would wash his hands thoroughly and quickly, and then go straight back to work.

Fact sheet: good posture and a healthy back

What is good posture?

Posture is the way you:

Good posture is doing these things without putting any strain on your back.

Why you should have good posture

Having good posture:

Looking after your back

Sitting, standing or bending at your work bench or desk for long periods of time can make your muscles stiff.

This makes your hands, neck, wrists, back and legs sore.

That is why it is important to have good posture and to regularly move around and stretch.

Where can you get help with your posture?

If you are getting some aches and pains at work, and you think it might be because of your posture, you should talk with your supervisor.

If you have aches or pains that last for more than a couple of days, you should speak to your doctor about it.

Correct standing posture

Picture of correct standing posture

Correct sitting posture

Picture of correct sitting posture

Correct lifting posture

Picture of correct lifting posture

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Health Departments in your area

Fact sheet: stretching for good health

What is stretching?

Your body is not made to stay in the one position.

Sitting, standing or bending at your work bench or desk for a long time can make your muscles stiff. This can make your hands, neck, wrists, back and legs sore.

Stretching your muscles makes them longer, and stops them being so stiff and sore. It also helps to make any injury, pain or stress on your muscles much better.

There are some simple stretching exercises that you can do on the next page of this fact sheet.

When do you need to stretch?

You get breaks from work at lunch-time, and during morning and afternoon teatimes. It is a good idea to do your stretching exercises during those breaks.

You should also try to do some stretching exercises at other times during your working day.

If you feel that some of your muscles are very stiff and sore, try not to wait until your break before you do your stretching exercises.

Take a few minutes straight away, and do some stretching. For example, if you feel that your shoulders are sore while you are working, you could do the shoulder stretch or shoulder roll exercises.

Remember that if you feel you need to stretch your muscles while you are working, it is your responsibility to:

Where can you get help with your stretching?

If you keep getting aches and pains at work, and the stretching exercises do not seem to be working, you should speak with your supervisor.

Your supervisor may be able to help you to do your stretching properly.

If you have aches or pains that last for more than a couple of days, you should speak to your doctor about them.

Stretching exercises

Picture of stretching exercises

Resources and contacts

Health Departments in your area

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