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Workplace Safety Tips: Prevent, Prepare, Protect
Accidents and emergency situations can happen in any environment, in any industry, at any time. While our workplaces are often protected by devoted police and security officers and efficient alarm systems, each individual must also take an active role in maintaining a safe work environment. Staying consciously aware of your surroundings and recognizing any potential hazards at work will significantly reduce risks. Even the smallest daily tasks, such as cleaning up minor spills and washing your hands, can make a huge difference in keeping your workplace safe for everyone.
Workplace safety precautions encompass a wide range of topics and it is important to be aware of and help prevent potential dangers.
- Have cleaning agents available to everyone to routinely clean and disinfect common areas.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often – for at least 10-20 seconds to help prevent the spread of illness.
- Preserve vital records off-site such as financial, insurance, client and building information.
- If you come across a chemical spill and can not identify the substance do not touch or move it, barricade the area, and report the spill.
- Keep an adequate stock of supplies such as batteries, a First Aid kit and flashlights, on hand in case of an emergency.
- Become familiar with the people in your immediate work area to easily identify an individual who may not belong there.
- Be sure to lock all the doors and shut down all electrical devices when leaving your work space.
- Never take a hazardous chemical out of its original container and store it in something else.
- Follow manufacturer’s safety guidelines on all equipment.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts and information for employees, clients and police, fire and paramedic departments.
- Keep combustibles such as wood, paper and trash away from all heat sources.
- Report to a supervisor or security official if you observe a stranger or coworker displaying suspicious or potentially threatening behavior.
- Don’t share access-control codes or keys with anyone.
- Establish and communicate a company emergency/disaster plan to all employees and make sure everyone, including new employees, is educated on the plan.
- Keep all working and walking surfaces free of spills and debris.
- If an incident does occur, no matter what the situation, it is important to stay calm and contact help if necessary.
For more information on workplace safety...
Department of Health and Human Services: www.hhs.gov
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration: www.osha.gov