10 Important Safety Tips for the New Year
Inform Your Supervisor about any Suspected Unsafe Conditions
If you see something that could potentially hurt you or a co-worker, remove the object or clean the area if you can do so safely. Otherwise, inform your supervisor immediately so that your work environment can be kept safe.
Use Equipment Properly
Using tools and/or machinery incorrectly accounts for one of the major reasons why workplace injuries occur. Make sure that you receive proper training which will allow you to use equipment correctly and for its intended purpose. Regularly clean and inspect equipment to ensure that it is safe.
Wear Safety Equipment
Always be sure to wear proper safety equipment and check first to ensure that the safety equipment is undamaged. This will significantly reduce your likelihood of getting injured.
Prevent Slips and Trips
Slip and falls are the second most prevalent cause of non-fatal work injuries. It is vital that aisles are clear and spills are cleaned to avoid tripping or slipping. If you are working with liquids, use drip pans and guards. Clean up any spills immediately to keep conditions safe. Watch out for any holes, loose boards, or nails projecting from the floor.
Keep Work Areas and Emergency Exits Clear
Make sure to remove any clutter blocking emergency exits, equipment shutoffs, and areas where you are working. A cluttered work area can lead to not having enough space to use tools and pick up heavy objects properly. Furthermore, if an exit is obstructed, you may not be able to quickly escape if an emergency occurs. Placing equipment in proper storage areas after use will help keep the work area and emergency exits clear.