It does not matter if you work in an office or on a construction site, inherent hazards are always present. To ensure the safest work environment, all employees, at every level, should participate in a safety program where they adhere to the workplace safety guidelines and report dangerous situations and behaviors to the appropriate personnel.
While every organization may have specific workplace guidelines, unique to their environment and workforce, being mindful of the role you play in ensuring safety, and your being aware of your surroundings, can go a long way.
Further, safety consciousness can help prevent workplace injuries, and subsequent Workers’ Compensation claims.
Employees’ Role in Ensuring Safety in the Workplace
For example, remembering to take breaks regularly can help prevent an accident. Taking a break allows you to stay refreshed and alert. Tired workers are typically more prone to accidents.
Additionally, if you ever need to lift something heavy, lift with your legs, not your back, and ask for your assistance if it is too heavy to lift alone.
Finally, if you work in an environment that requires personal protective equipment (PPE), always wear the PPE provided by your employer. PPE is designed to keep you safe from injury.
Know Your Surroundings
When it comes to the environment, staying aware of your surroundings is also key to helping to prevent an accident. Stay alert, be aware of potential hazards, and report unsafe conditions.
Also, ensure all safety exits are clear. This includes corridors to equipment that may require an emergency shut off.
Raise Awareness to Safety with Safe + Sound Week
In addition to following these tips, you can participate in Safe + Sound Week, to demonstrate your commitment to safety.
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs. That includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
Timeframe for Safe + Sound Week
Safe + Sound Week is hosted by the United States Department of Labor, and takes place August 13-19, 2018.
Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety, whether to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners, are encouraged to participate.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website, almost all states in the United States are registered as participants.
Reasons to Participate
Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one.
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