How Safe is Your Workplace
Important Safety Responsibilities
Safety in the workplace is essential. We never want to cause harm to ourselves or others. Here are a few ways to keep your workplace safe:
- Abide by all rules and work processes
- Submit safety ideas and suggestions of work area hazards
- Conduct informal daily evaluations of work area hazards
- Report unsafe conditions/activities immediately
- Only perform work in which you have been trained and understand the applicable job hazards
- Ask for training as needed and attend required safety training sessions
- Report all injuries/illnesses
- Report ll property damage immediately
- Obtain a "Treatment Authorization and Work Recommendations" form before visiting a physician for work-related medical treatment
- Provide your Supervisor you completed "Treatment Authorization and Work Recommendations" form after attending the physician
- Do not endanger yourself and other employees while performing the job
- Make sure that you are using Lock Out/Tag Out procedures if machinery is down.
- If a machine is been worked on, make sure you have the area blocked off so no one can come around the device that is being worked on.
- If you see a dangerous situation in your workplace, report it immediately to your supervisor.
- Never leave pallets standing on their sides. Always leave them laying flat if they are unattended.
- Always lift with your legs bent, so when you get ready to stand up, you are not putting a strain on your back, but using your leg muscles to stand up.
- When carrying items, hold them close to you. The further you hold the pieces away from you, the heavier the items will be.
Never horseplay in your workplace
Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
What is a Job Hazzard Analysis: It identifies the danger to a specific task to reduce the risk of injury to yourself or others.
Any time you work with chemicals or types of machinery in the workplace, there must be a job hazard analysis available for you to review at any time.
Job hazard analysis will tell you how to perform your job and how to properly handle the chemicals you are working with.
A list of things you will find in a Job Hazard Analysis:
- How to perform your job
- What chemicals are used in your job
- How to handle the chemicals needed for your job
- What requirements are required to perform your job
If your job requires you to operate equipment during your working hours, be sure to check your equipment thoroughly before using it.
There should be an inspection sheet for you to check off on every day before getting on your equipment or starting up your machine.
Also if you have not had the proper training and received your license to operate such equipment, do not get on the equipment. Be sure to read all the manuals to know the proper operations of the equipment.
Never operate machinery without the proper training
There should be a safety team in every workplace. This team should be trained on how to deal with safety matters that pertain to your workplace.
If you have someone who has passed out or even been injured, instead of everyone gathering around at one time, allow only the safety members in the area. They have been trained on how to react in such matters.
For example: If someone cut their finger off and everyone is standing around looking at what's going on, then the safety team members are having to fight through the crowd to get to the victim.
Does your workplace have a safety team?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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