This article is contributed by Robin Peters.
Workplace safety is a serious issue. It isn’t just a question of responsibility or lawsuits; having proper safety protocols in place is critical in order to prevent injuries, or worse. Here are 8 workplace safety tips that could help save your life.
Analyze and understand the risks involved
One of the main reasons for workplace injuries is the fact that people underestimate the risks involved. What may seem easy on paper can be fraught with risks when it comes to execution. Before undertaking any work, it is critical to analyze and understand all the risks involved. Only then can proper safety precautions be taken to avoid accidents. It is not uncommon to find many companies employing teams that conduct a complete safety analysis before anything can be green lit.
Pay attention during training
Companies go to great lengths and expenses in order to provide their employees with the best training possible. The training modules are prepared not only to help you do your work more efficiently, but also to stay safe while doing it. Safety briefings during training may seem like a bore, but don’t forget that your life may depend on what you learn from these briefings. Always pay complete attention to everything to everything taught in training, especially the safety aspects.
Stick to official procedures & avoid shortcuts
At every workplace, where there is a possibility of employees exposing themselves to injury risks, there are strict safety protocols in place. The protocols may seem tedious and inefficient, but they are in place for a certain reason. Ensure that you always follow safety protocols so that you are not putting yourself or any of your fellow employees at risk. You may be tempted to take a few shortcuts in order to get work done more quickly, but ask yourself if it really is something worth risking your life over.
Know what to do in an emergency
If the unthinkable should happen, how quickly you can react to the situation can be the difference between life and death. Always know what protocol needs to be followed for any given emergency. In school, we are always though what we need to do in the event of a fire or earthquake. Similarly, it is equally important to know what needs to be done in case of a mishap at work, such as a chemical spill or a heavy-lifting machine critically malfunctioning.
Never overlook instructions and labels
Manufacturers do not put instructions or warning labels for fun; they are there in order to avoid mishaps due to misuse. If something has a warning label on it or comes with a set of instructions, read through them before proceeding. You may get away with not reading them once or twice, but eventually you will trip up and could end up causing a mistake that costs you your job, or worse.
Use the right equipment
At any workplace, you will have a range of equipment at your disposal, in order to get work done more efficiently. Always make sure that you are using the right piece of equipment. It can be tempting to simply grab the nearest piece of equipment that can get the job done, albeit crudely. However, not only will the results be unsatisfactory, it is also a major safety hazard. If you are unsure over which equipment or tool needs to be used, read the instructions or ask a supervisor.
Always have the right protective gear
If your workplace demands that you wear certain protective gear, please do. You may not have to wear the protective gear at all times, but there will be certain designated zones where having protective gear is a must. Depending upon the kind of work you do and what materials you deal with, the gear may vary. Hard hats, work gloves, steel-toe boots, face shields, and safety glasses are some of the most common protective gear that you may be expected to wear. Always ensure that the equipment has the right certification.
Voice any concerns you may have
If you have any safety concerns, never hesitate to voice them. Employers are always looking to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible for their employees. For this, they are dependent on feedback from employees. Put the suggestion box to good use or directly talk to your supervisor if you spot any safety hazards or safety protocol violations. Keep these 8 important tips in mind and you can make your workplace safe for yourself and all your fellow employees.
Robin Peters is a Sales Manager at SafetyQuip
, which offers safety glasses, welding helmets and much more. Whenever he isn’t busy, he enjoys going fishing with his friends and cousins.