General: Following good safety practices on the job can reduce injuries, prevent fatalities, and lower health care costs. All employees have a responsibility to ensure that all work activities in which they are engaged are done so in the safest means possible. Below is a quick check to measure your safety awareness and possibly identify areas where improvement can be made. Hopefully, we can all answer yes to each of the items below.
Safety Attitude Check:
1. Take safety seriously.
2. Feel a positive safety attitude helps to prevent accidents.
3. Recognize safety as a legal and company requirement.
4. Make full use of safety procedures, equipment, and information.
5. Avoid becoming complacent about tasks you’ve done many times.
6. Pay full attention to work.
7. Refuse to let emotions get in the way of your work.
8. Try to get enough sleep-and avoid risky tasks if you’re tired.
9. Avoid fooling around or behaving recklessly on the job.
10. Pay attention to safety training.
11. Understand and follow all parts of all job and safety rules and procedures.
12. Know what to do in an emergency.
13. Report fire or safety hazards.
14. Ask questions about procedures you don’t understand.
15. Make suggestions for safety improvements.
16. Be a good example.
Conclusion: When you take safety seriously, you protect yourself and others from
potential injury or illness.
General: Have you ever been in a building and heard what sounds like a fire alarm and not know what to do? Just a moment’s hesitation could be the difference between a safe exit and/or becoming a casualty. Below are some tips that should be considered by all employees when they hear the company’s fire alarm.
Fire Alarm Checklist:
1. Report any fire immediately to your supervisor.
2. If the alarm goes off, don’t assume it’s a drill.
a. Don’t stop to get your coat or personal belongings – follow the evacuation instructions immediately.
b. If you are assigned to turn off equipment or other duties, remember your safety comes first.
3. Know at least two exit routes from your workplace.
4. Know where you are to meet your group when you get outside.
5. Go to your assigned meeting place promptly so your leader knows you are not in danger.
6. If you leave your working area, let someone know.
7. Leave the fire fighting to professionals.
8. Beware of workers who may need assistance in the event their primary assigned person is absent.
9. Do not return to the building until the building is declared safe to reenter.
Conclusion: The company fire plan may look great on paper, but it is worthless unless everyone understands their role and follows it. FIRE SAFETY DEPENDS UPON YOU!