In most everything we do, we find a “trick” or shortcut to make the process easier and faster. For better or worse, after we develop these shortcuts, they become work habits in our everyday activities. Developing everyday safety habits can keep you injury free through the year. Here are ten safety habits to live by:
1. Set Your Own Standards.
Don’t be influenced by others around you who are negative. If you fail to wear safety glasses because others don’t, remember the blindness you suffer will be yours alone to live with.
2. Operate Equipment Only If Qualified.
Your supervisor might not realize you have never done the job before. You have the responsibility to let your supervisor know, so the necessary training can be provided.
3. Respect Machinery.
If you put something in a machine’s way, it will crush it, pinch it or cut it. Make sure all guards are in place. Never hurry beyond your ability to think and act safely. Remember to de-energize the power first before placing your hands in a point of operation.
4. Use Your Own Initiative for Safety Protection.
You are in the best position to see problems when they arise. Ask for the personal protective equipment or additional guidance you need.
5. Ask Questions.
If you are uncertain, ask. Do not accept answers that contain, “I think, I assume, I guess.” Be sure.
6. Use Care and Caution When Lifting.
Most muscle and spinal injuries are caused by overstrain. Know your limits. Do not attempt to exceed them. The few minutes it takes to get help will prevent weeks of being out of work and in pain.
7. Practice Good Housekeeping.
Disorganized work areas are the breeding grounds for accidents. You might not be the only victim. Don’t be a cause.
8. Wear Proper and Sensible Work Clothes.
Wear sturdy and appropriate footwear. These should enclose the foot fully. Avoid loose clothing, dangling jewelry, and be sure that long hair is tied back and cannot become entangled in the machinery.
9. Practice Good Personal Cleanliness.
Avoid touching eyes, face, and mouth with gloves or hands that are dirty. Wash well and use barrier creams when necessary. Most industrial rashes are the result of poor hygiene practices.
10. Be a Positive Part of the Safety Team.
Willingly accept and follow safety rules. Encourage others to do so. Your attitude can play a major role in the prevention of accidents and injuries.