The foundation of any successful workplace safety effort is one that encourages employees to identify unsafe behaviors and opportunities for improvement while also making well-informed safety decisions during daily routine tasks. Here, we explore a few safety tips that every employee should know.
Wear the Correct Safety Equipment
If you’re not wearing the correct safety equipment for a task, you may get injured. Depending on the job, equipment like earplugs, earmuffs, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves or a full-face mask greatly reduce the risk of workplace injury.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Once you’ve learned the particular hazards of your job or workplace, you will be able to keep clear of potentially hazardous areas, and potentially hazardous situations. You should also always be alert of machinery.
Report Unsafe Conditions to Your Supervisor
Your supervisor needs to be informed about any workplace safety hazards or risks. They are legally obligated to ensure their employees have a safe working environment and will take care of the unsafe conditions and make them safe for you and your coworkers.
Keep Emergency Exits Easily Accessible
In case of an emergency, you’ll need quick, easy access to the exits. There should also be clear access to equipment shutoffs in case you need to quickly stop them from functioning.
Use Tools and Machines Properly
Take the proper precautions when using tools, and never take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts is one of the leading cause of workplace injury. It’s a huge safety risk to use scaffolding as a ladder or one tool in place of another for a specific job. Using tools the right way greatly reduces the chance of workplace injury.
It’s a Team Effort
Our team at Reliant Safety understands that workplace safety cannot exist on best practice guidelines and policies alone. A safe working environment is based on how well the people, in both management and on the factory floor, adhere to and communicate about safety standards. If you need assistance ensuring everyone in your workplace has a mutual understanding regarding safety, contact us today.