Wednesday Work Tips

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Being aware of your surroundings is paramount to avoiding workplace injuries. Here are some things to be aware of in your environment:

  • Look for spills or items on the floor that could be tripped over.
  • Note the appropriate safety equipment and gear for each task you are doing.
  • Choose mechanical aids such as a forklift or wheelbarrow to help lift items and encourage others to do the same.
  • Keep emergency exits clear and uncluttered so they are accessible in the event of an emergency.
  • Use tools and machines properly to avoid injury and encourage other workers to do the same.
  • Label hazardous areas and materials with appropriate signage.
  • Know where the first aid kits are and which staff members are trained to administer first aid if an injury occurs.
  • Know of the emergency procedures in the event of a fire, flood or earthquake.
  • Only use secure, steady ladders and never use boxes or anything else as an improvised ladder.

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