Workplace safety is important to every employee at workplace. You want to work at ease and protected. When you leave home in the morning, you want to go back in safe and healthy condition. Every workplace has its own risks. Hence, top management should always prioritize and think of strategies to improve safety management at workplace. This shows the importance of having the right safety procedure at workplace. Prevention is better than cure. Here are few tips on workplace safety that you should know.
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Maintain good posture
- Update safety issue to your superior
- Stay alert and sober
- Wear your Personal Protective Equipment
- Use mechanical aids when necessary
- Keep Emergency Exit clear
1. Pay attention to your surroundings
Always be aware your workplace surrounding. Observe if there is any unsafe arrangement or any heavy work activity that need your attention. Refer to safety manual and procedures provided. Be cooperative and attend any trainings related to safety and health at workplace.
2. Maintain good posture
As you may sit for a prolonged time while working, it is important to maintain good sitting posture. Right sitting posture reduce fatigue and back pain. It increases your productivity while working. In between your work, take a break and go for a short walk in the office. You can also do some stretching to loosen up your muscle. View our full tips on practicing effective ergonomics awareness training here.
3. Update safety issue to your superior
Immediately report any safety issue or unsafe conditions to your superior. Your immediate action will help to prevent any dangerous occurrences. As much as your superior is responsible to provide safe working condition in the workplace, you need to do your roles too in assisting him by providing information.
4. Stay alert and sober
No compromise should be made on safety related issue. Adhere to any new safety procedures and stay fit at the workplace. Always adhere to No Drug and Alcohol Policy at your workplace. You need to be in a well and sober condition to do your work. Your failure to do so will affect you and might as well your colleagues. It may lead to accident and injuries at workplace.
5. Wear your Personal Protective Equipment
It is important for you to use the right personal protective equipment (PPE) when working. It is provided to you by your employers to ensure that you are working safely. Do note that wearing the right PPE prevent injuries. View our full tips on effective use and selection of personal protective equipment here.
6. Use mechanical aids when necessary
Mechanical equipment is there to help in handling your work. When you are dealing with heavy equipment or any lifting job, make sure you use mechanical aids. You do not want to harm yourself by handling it manually.
7. Keep Emergency Exit clear
Obstructed Emergency Exit will block your exit during emergency cases. Keep your emergency exit clear of any items as you need quick access in emergency. Remember to not place any item at your emergency exit even for a short time.
Safety at workplace is an ongoing process. Day by day, there will always be room for improvement. To do so, cooperation of employees is important to ensure the workplace is safe. Employees should not be hesitant to engage with your management in discussing safety related issue. On the other hand, management should be responsive to their employee’s concern regarding safety and health at workplace.
HSE Insights, Issue 13, October 2020