Safety is one of the most important factors in the modern workplace. With accidents and injuries happening every single day, SafeHouse wants our clients to stay informed of what they can do to prevent workplace incidents and issues so you can stay at work happy and healthy. #SAFEcommunities start with SafeHouse and a safe workplace starts with proper precautions. Take a few tips from your friends at SafeHouse, your local security company, and keep yourself and your coworkers safe.
Follow Directions and Use Machines/Tools Correctly
Always make sure that you take the proper precautions when using machinery and tools. You should never take shortcuts, even if you think it makes work easier. Maybe using a screwdriver to dislodge something or climb scaffolding like it’s a ladder might sound like a good idea at the time, but it could end in a tragic workplace incident. Never use a tool in place of another for a particular job, as taking shortcuts is a huge cause of workplace injuries. Make sure you’re always properly trained in equipment before using it as well, so you are always following proper directions.
Be Aware of Easily Accessible Emergency Exits
Your workplace should always have emergency exits that you can reach quickly and easily. There should be nothing blocking these exits at all, as a clear path is essential for accessibility. You should always have a clear path to all emergency equipment shutoffs in case you have to turn off a piece of equipment quickly to prevent an accident. Your workplace should always make their staff aware of all emergency exits and emergency equipment shutoffs in case they need to be accessed.
Wear the Proper Safety Equipment
Most safety equipment is designed with the exact goal of preventing accidents and injury. If you’re not wearing the correct safety equipment, then you’re practically asking for an injury. Management should always brief their employees on what safety equipment they need and follow up by enforcing that the staff is wearing it at all times. Equipment such as hard hats, safety goggles, masks, and earplugs are just a few examples of some essential workplace equipment that can prevent issues and injuries.
Always Report Unsafe Work Conditions
Management should always do everything in their power to make sure that their workplace is safe and their employees have good working conditions, but they cannot fix issues that they are not aware of. You should always inform your supervisor of any workplace risks or safety hazards so they can be taken care of as soon as possible. Awareness is the first step in fixing an issue, so make sure that management always knows when there is a problem so it can be solved in a timely manner.