Everyone wants to keep their workplace safe. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s easy to let things slide. You may think, “I’m in a hurry. I’ll just skip this step,” or “Is it really that big of a deal?”
However, preventing accidents is always important. Here are eight obvious, but good to remember, tips to help keep you and your co-workers safe.
1. Know the Rules
You’ll find it easier to follow proper safety standards when you know what they are. If your employer hasn’t provided complete training or if you have additional questions, be sure to ask. Every so often, look over handbooks and manuals, or volunteer to participate in ongoing training programs so you can stay up to date on best practices.
2. Wear Your Safety Equipment
You may find safety equipment inconvenient or uncomfortable, but everything from earplugs to chemical suits has a purpose. You never know when something unexpected might happen. Make the effort to correctly use all required personal protective equipment (PPE).
3. Operate Equipment, Machines and Tools Properly
Avoid shortcuts when operating machinery. Follow the established rules and use tools for their intended purpose. And before beginning any task, inspect the area to make sure everything is in proper working order.
4. Check Your Surroundings
Many accidents are easily preventable. Be on the lookout for dangerous situations such as slippery areas, falling objects, fire hazards and blocked emergency exits. Work with your team to correct any problems.
5. Lift With the Correct Posture
Even if you don’t lift things regularly, follow the “lift with your legs, not with your back” rule. Maintain good posture, keep your back straight and try not to twist while lifting. Whenever an object seems too heavy, ask for help or use a mechanical aid such as a forklift, rather than risking injury.
6. Take Your Breaks
Like safety equipment, break time has a purpose. Workers who are overtired or unfocused are more accident prone. Try to split up your breaks throughout the day so you can stay fresh and alert for your entire shift.
7. Stay Sober
Drug and alcohol use on the job can interfere with judgment, coordination and concentration. Don’t put yourself or your co-workers in unnecessary danger by making a poor choice.
8. Report Any Unsafe Working Conditions
If you see a dangerous situation beyond your control. Don’t hesitate. Inform your supervisor as quickly as possible. And remember, under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. You have the right to speak up about valid safety concerns without fear of retaliation. If you believe your company is not being responsive or responsible, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) website to learn more about what you can do.
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