Workplace safety should be a top priority every day. Employees rely on themselves, their co-workers, and management to avoid hazards at the workplace, and it is of utmost importance to develop excellent work habits that emphasize the prevention of injury and illness. In fact, developing everyday safety habits, and living by them, can keep all workers injury free throughout the year.
Below are some guidelines to help promote safety and well-being on the job:
- Stick to Your Own High Standards. Don’t be influenced by others around you who are negative. If you make the decision to forgo safety glasses because co-workers don’t wear them, remember the blindness you may suffer will be yours alone to live with.
- Only Operate Equipment If Qualified. Your supervisor may not be aware that you have never done the job before. It is your responsibility to help your supervisor understand your skill level, so the necessary training can be provided.
- Maintain a Healthy Respect for 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.
- Use Your Own Judgment to Initiate Safety Procedures. You are in the best position to see problems before they arise. Don’t be afraid to ask for the personal protective equipment or additional guidance you need.
- If Unsure, Ask Questions. If you are uncertain about something, ask. Do not accept answers that contain, “I think, I assume, I guess.” Be certain.
- Exercise Care and Caution When Lifting. Most muscular and spinal injuries are caused by overstrain. Know your limits, and 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.
- Keep a Tidy Workplace, and Practice Good Housekeeping. Disorganized work areas are the breeding grounds for accidents. You may not be the only victim. Don’t be a cause.
- Dress Sensibly and Responsibly for the Job at Hand. 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.
- Practice Good Hygiene and 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.
- Play an Active Role in Being a Positive Safety Team Member. 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.