A safe working environment is based on the awareness and compliance of all employees. Go through this list with your workers to ensure your workplace is as safe and risk-free as possible.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Know the possible hazards that go with your particular work and make the necessary effort to avoid them.
- Keep proper posture. If you sit at a desk all day at work, keep shoulders in line with hips to prevent back pain. If your work requires you to lift heavy materials, use the correct form so you don't get injured.
- Take breaks. When you work for long hours at a time, you may become tired and burnt out, meaning you aren't as alert. Taking frequent breaks will keep your mind and body fresh.
- Use all equipment properly. Never take shortcuts when it comes to working with heavy machinery or tools. Use tools for their intended purpose, and nothing else.
- Take advantage of mechanical aids. Conveyor belts, forklifts and other such aids are available for a reason - they help to lift heavy objects so that your injury risk is reduced. Use the tools available to you!
- Stay sober. Just as you shouldn't operate a vehicle under the influence, the same goes for working with machinery and other such equipment. Your judgment, coordination, concentration and motor skills are significantly lower when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This increases the risk for a serious accident and injuring yourself or others you work with.
- Make sure emergency exits are accessible. If an emergency occurs, occupants of the work space will need to evacuate as soon as possible. Keep exits clear of equipment or furniture.
- Minimize stress. When a person is stressed, a million things are running through their mind, making it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. Let your supervisor know your concerns to come up with a reasonable solution.
- Wear proper safety gear. Goggles, hard hats, earplugs, gloves and other gear protects you from the dangers of the job. NEVER skip out on wearing the appropriate gear.
- Report hazards to your supervisor. If you find some conditions of your workplace unsafe, let your supervisor know. They are obligated to make sure the working environment is safe for all employees.
It is the responsibility of managers and supervisors to get employees on board with safety efforts. It will make a positive difference for your work environment!
Courtesy of Airbill
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