Safety in the workplace can’t exist in merely setting rules in place. Safety has to be respected and exercised by both management and on the floor. It’s only by communication that safety standards can be upheld and injuries can be prevented.
The best safety policy is one that trains their employees to be able to identify unsafe work conditions and behavior and to see opportunities for improvement. Here are some of the best ways to ensure that you maintain safety standards in your place of employment.
Awareness of your surroundings requires knowing all of the potential hazards at your workplace. Once you’ve identified them then, you are able to stay clear and avoid any potentially dangerous areas situations. This is especially important when it comes to operating machinery. In many cases employees are required to receive special training before operating certain machines, so always verify before taking a risk.
Many work-related injuries and illnesses happen as a result of an employee being over-tired and as a result less aware of their surroundings. The best way to prevent employee burnout is for them to take regular breaks so that you stay alert.
Your employer is legally required to provide you with a break after a certain amount of time. Verify with your human resources department if you have concerns that this policy isn’t be respected.
Use Equipment Properly
Don’t take shortcuts to get the job done faster which risk you or your coworkers’ safety. One of the most common reasons that employees are injured is because they refuse to wear eye protection or helmets.
Additionally, you should never use equipment for anything other than its intended purpose otherwise you could cause serious injury, and in some cases even death.
Alert Your Supervisor Of Issues
If you’ve been hurt or you see a potential for being injured, your supervisor needs to know. They are under legal obligation to provide a safe working environment for their employees.
Therefore if they are doing their job, they will ensure that action is taken as soon as possible to fix any potential issues which could hurt anyone.
Don’t Take Performance Inhibiting Substances
Taking medication or drinking alcohol can result in losing control of your coordination and better judgment resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.
You need maximum awareness when operating under dangerous conditions, therefore, if you are prescribed medication which will affect your concentration you should not go to work until you are off of it.
Working under stress can often lead to injury because you’re distracted emotionally. If conflicts start to arise while working in a potentially dangerous setting, take a break and work again when you’ve calmed down.