Basic Rules Can Spell Out S-A-F-E-T-Y at Your Workplace

A discussion regarding workplace safety doesn't have to strike an anxiety chord.  Although it is important for employers to formulate safety programs and oversee their enforcement, it isn't as difficult a task as it may seem.  Many workplace safety ruls are not that different from the safety rules you learned as a child.  Basic housekeeping should be number one priority in preventing workplace accidents.  Not only is a clean work environment far more inviting to work in, but allows you to be more productive than a messy one.

Most importantly, keeping the workspace clean means keeping it safe.  When housekeeping chores like cleaning away oil, water, and refuse are handled in a timely fashion, you keep the workplace both pleasant to work in and accident free.  Another way to prevent accidents is to keep aisles and exits clear of obstacles at all times. During work hours exit doors should remain unlocked.  Keeping up with equipment maintenance is another rule that needs to be observed to remain accident free.  All dangerous or unsafe equipment should be tagged and taken off the job floor until corrective maintenance has been completed.

Remember when you were in school, and the teacher to you to walk not run?  This is another basic rule for the workplace as well.  Running unnecessarily sets the stage for possible injuries from falls.  Unless the situation warrants it, you should always avoid running in the workplace.

There is tremendous potential for workplace damage and injury where chemicals are concerned.  Hazardous materials should be kept in appropriate containers, and each container must be accurately labeled to indicate  what's inside and any hazards  associated with their use.  Only employees who have completed special training should handle hazardous chemicals.

Flammable liquids similar to hazardous chemicals in there potential for causing harm.  All flammable liquids must be put in safety containers with appropriate labels.  Is a safety container becomes damaged , take it out of service as soon as possible and replace it with a new  container.  When not in use, containers holding flammable liquids should be kept in a proper storage area.

Finally, employees should never hesitate to report unsafe acts or conditions to the owners as soon as possible.  it is crucial to be observant in identifying any problem areas that could cause an accident.  Your safety and the safety of your coworkers depend on everyone pulling together on a daily basis with safe behavior and practices at work.

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