Whether you spend your working day on a farm, or in a factory, office, or retail store, you job should bring in enough money to provide you and your family with the adequate diet and the adequate housing, with a sufficient amount left over for clothes, insurance, and other essentials, as well as for some recreation for the family.

If the way you make a living provides sufficient income but leaves you unhappy and frustrated, a frank talk with your doctor will help you to discover whether you should try to adjust to your position or find another one. Ideally, your job should be interesting and should provide opportunities for advancement.

Your work should be as safe as modern techniques can make it. Different jobs have special health problems, and I shall take them up after I have discussed some rules to be generally observed.

Come to work rested and relaxed. Fatigue is a source of accidents. Never drink so much that you have a hangover at work the next day.

Regular periods of rest are important. One or two days off each week are essential. So is your annual vacation.

Find out and follow all the safety rules on your particular job. If a fellow worker is a danger, take up the matter with someone in authority. The worker who insists on practical jokes or who does not know how to handle dangerous equipment is the cause of many accidents.

Find out where the first aid station is located.

If you know of any wiring that is defective, call it to the attention of someone who can see that it is corrected.

Sure footing is essential, so be particularly careful if the floors or stairs are wet with chemicals or liquids.

Good lighting is also essential. Poor lighting can cause accidents, eye fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.

Rest rooms or lavatories should be inspected regularly. If yours are unsanitary or inadequately equipped, find out when a health inspection was last made and, if necessary, report to the proper authorities.

Dusts, fumes, and mists are predictable hazards in many jobs. The dangers they present can be held to a minimum by a combination of protective devices, which I discuss later in this chapter.

Every job has its special health problems. Even sedentary occupations such as those of clerks and office workers are not always entirely safe.


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