Ten Good Safety
In most everything we do, we find a "trick" to make the process easier and
faster. After we develop these tricks, they become work habits in our everyday activities. Developing everyday
safety habits can keep you injury free through the year. Here are ten safety habits to live by:
Your Own Standards - Don't be influenced by others
around you who are negative. If you fail to wear safety glasses because others don't, remember the
blindness you may suffer will be yours alone to live with.
Equipment Only if Qualified - Your supervisor may not realize you
have never done the job before. You have the responsibility to let your supervisor know, so the necessary
training can be provided.
Machinery - If
you put something in a machine's way, it will crush it, pinch it or cut it. Make sure all guards are in
place. Never hurry beyond your ability to think and act safely. Remember to de-energize the power first
before placing your hands in a point of operation.
- Use Your
Own Initiative for Safety Protection - You are in the best position to see
problems when they arise. Ask for the personal protective equipment or additional guidance if you feel that
you need it.
Questions - If
you are uncertain, ask. Do not accept answers that contain, "I think, I assume, I guess." Be sure.
- Use Care
and Caution When Lifting - Most muscle and spinal injuries are
from overstrain. Know your limits. Do not attempt to exceed them. The few minutes it takes to get help will
prevent weeks of being off work and in pain.
Good Housekeeping -
Disorganized work areas
are the breeding grounds for accidents. You may not be the only victim. Don't be a cause.
Proper and Sensible Work Clothes - Wear sturdy and appropriate footwear.
These should enclose the foot fully. Avoid loose clothing, dangling jewelry, and be sure that long hair is
tied back and cannot become entangled in the machinery.
Good Personal Cleanliness - Avoid touching eyes, face, and mouth
with gloves or hands that are dirty. Wash well and use barrier creams when necessary. Most industrial
rashes are the result of poor hygiene practices.
- Be a
Positive Part of the Safety Team - Willingly accept and follow safety
rules. Encourage others to do so. Your attitude can play a major role in the prevention of accidents and