Safety is a State of Mind

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Safety starts with your attitude. If you have a good safety attitude, you will have fewer accidents. And fewer accidents mean fewer injuries and a safer, more productive work day. Use this checklist to increase your safety awareness:

  • Are you getting adequate rest before your shift? Lack of sleep can make you inattentive and that can lead to accidents.
  • Are you arriving at work with a positive and safe attitude? Anger can lead to danger for you and your co-workers. Learn to control your stress with deep breathing exercises or other relaxation techniques.
  • Are you dressed correctly for the job? That means, for example, wearing your long sleeve FR clothing or not wearing jewelry when working near moving or energized equipment.
  • Are you wearing the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for your work? Depending on your job, you may have been supplied with safety eyewear, footwear, head protection, hearing protection, gloves or respirators. Learn how to use and maintain them correctly.
  • Are you taking the proper precautions for the hazards associated with your job. Do you deal with chemicals that can burn your skin or eyes? Do you work in a cold or hot environment? Should you wear special footwear to prevent slips and falls?

And when you start your shift:

  • Do you inspect your equipment and report unsafe conditions immediately to your supervisor? Electrically powered tools should be checked carefully for frayed cords. They should also have the third-prong on the plug still intact. Do not use tools, which have been tampered with.
  • Do you use the right tool for the task? The wrong tool can lead to hand injuries or other accidents.
  • Do you always keep guards in place? Removing safety equipment can endanger lives. Report missing guards to your supervisor and do not use the equipment until it has been repaired.

At your work area:

  • Do you wipe up small spills immediately? Report larger spills and cone off the area? Keep traffic areas free from debris and obstacles?Working safely means taking responsibility to keep your work area clean and tidy.
  • Do you put your tools and equipment away at the end of your shift? Ending your day with a good clean-up will make your next shift easier to start.
  • Do you keep an eye on your co-workers safety? By watching out for “the other person” you can help reduce the number of accidents. In an emergency would you know what to do?
  • Could you locate fire alarms and fire extinguishers quickly? They should be clearly marked and visible to all employees.
  • Could you use the fire extinguisher correctly? Make sure you familiarize yourself with the type of extinguishers available and how they operate. – Could you find two different emergency escape routes out of the building from your work area? The exits should be easily accessible and not blocked by stored
  • Could you locate your outside meeting place during an emergency? A “head count” should be done to make sure everyone has exited safely. Each department or work area should meet in a previously assigned area.