If you work in a warehouse or a factory, you want to keep yourself and your co-workers safe. So, what rules should you follow? Start by familiarizing yourself with these top 5 safety best practices.
The Top 5 Safety Best Practices in the Workplace
Fix or Report Unsafe Conditions
The best way to make your workplace safer is to prevent accidents. If you see a problem, don’t ignore it. Either repair it yourself, or if this isn’t possible, report the situation to your supervisor ASAP. If this conversation makes your nervous, check out our post, 5 Ways to Talk Your Boss About Safety Concerns. Unfortunately, some companies take safety more seriously than others. If you’ve tried everything and no one seems to be listening, you have the right to file a complaint with the (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) OSHA. OSHA will investigate your concerns while keeping your identity completely confidential.
Use Tools and Equipment Properly
Especially when you’re in a hurry, it’s tempting to take shortcuts. However, remember, those sometimes-inconvenient safety rules protect you. Double check tools and machinery before using them. Make sure machine guarding is in place. Use established lockout/tagout procedures when repairing equipment. And don’t operate (or allow others to operate) powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, without proper training and certification.
Wear You PPE
Sometimes personal protective equipment (PPE) isn’t comfortable. But again, it’s meant to keep you safe. Whether you need a hard hat, safety goggles, respiratory equipment or the right footwear, follow your organization’s PPE guidelines.
Keep Work Areas Clear
Did you know… slips, trips and falls are one of the top 5 causes of manufacturing injuries? Fortunately, these accidents are easily preventable. Throw out trash and clutter to keep work areas clear. Look out for and fix/report hazards such as loose boards or black ice. And clean up spills as quickly as possible.
Injuries caused by overexertion or lifting incorrectly can haunt you for years. So, take the proper precautions before you or someone you work with gets hurts. To lift a heavy object, stand as close to the object as possible and lift with your legs not with your back. If you need to move the object to another location, don’t twist your body. Instead, take small steps with your feet to point yourself in the direction you wish to go. And of course, if something seems too heavy, ask for help or move it with a mechanical aid such as a hand truck.
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