On average, we spend about 40 – 45 hours per week at work. Yet due to this, work can begin to feel like a routine and sometimes we can become too complacent with everyday activities. Here are some common yet very important safety tips you should remember whilst in the workplace.
General Safety Precautions
The first thing to note are some general precautions; always follow the correct safety procedures that your workplace has established and never take any shortcuts. Check with your managers if any safety procedures have changed over the past year and make sure that you know where the first aid kit is. If you do happen to make a mistake, always take responsibility for your actions and clean up if you have made a mess. It is also important to be attentive at all times to your work surroundings, so make sure to get plenty of rest the night before so you can be alert and awake on the job.
Your personal health and safety are your responsibility, so always obey safety signs, stickers and tags your workplace has installed, preventing yourself from injury in the workplace. If an injury is to occur, report it to a supervisor to get emergency assistance. Day after day, we fail to notice the signage and warnings around the workplace. We recommend that each morning, you and your team members have a five-minute safety meeting completing a Job Safety Awareness sheet to ensure you are all aware of any changes in safety regulations within the workplace along with removing any hazards in the area.
Being safe in the workplace is a team effort – so educate your other co-workers about safety requirements and keep an eye on them, especially if they are new to that particular work environment.
As for lifting and being physical in the workplace, always use both hands when lifting heavy objects. When lifting, adapt a proper stance and use your legs, not your back and lift slowly and smoothly. Always be mindful of ladders in the workplace, and as part of the correct induction process, all team members should be made aware of how to go up and down safety using a ladder.
These are just a few tips you need to know in order to be safe in the workplace, make sure you have these tips in mind to ensure that you are safe in the workplace.
What does your workplace do to ensure that each day they are working above the safety requirements? Tell us below! If you would like to learn how to respond to emergency situations, you can complete a First Aid training course, more information here.
Article by Matthew Leano
Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016