A successful safety program encourages employees to report unsafe situations and behaviors, and encourages safe practices each and every workday. While employees should do their best to understand and implement workplace safety best practices, it’s up to managers and business owners to ensure their employees have the training they need to reduce risk.
1. Report unsafe conditions
The only way to stop unsafe conditions from causing injury is to report them to a supervisor as soon as you notice them, and help be part of the solution. The supervisor is legally obligated to provide all employees with a safe working environment, and take care of any unsafe conditions, but they must be aware of those conditions to do so. It’s important to always report any hazardous situation, to keep yourself and others safe. Work together to find a solution to prevent the unsafe condition from occurring again in the future.
Written workplace procedures exist to keep employees safe. It’s important to always use all tools and machinery according to instruction. Shortcuts cause injuries and aren’t worth the small amount of time that might be saved. Always use the right tool for the job, and use it correctly.
3. Be aware of your surroundings
Every job has dangers, whether it’s large, heavy machinery, conveyor belts, or items in the office that could tip over. The best way to stay safe is to be aware of your surroundings. The more familiar you are with your job and workplace, the more aware you’ll be of potential hazards. Know your surroundings and be aware of potential hazards to help you and your co-workers avoid dangerous situations.
4. Be aware of new safety procedures
Be aware of new safety procedures that go with new equipment or updated training. Your employer must provide the proper training and your supervisor must allot training time. It’s your responsibility to ensure you understand new safety procedures and apply them properly before using any new machines. Always ask if you don’t understand a safety procedure.
5. Always wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
Make sure you always wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by your employer. Whether it’s something as small as earplugs, or something as large as a chemical suit, this PPE exists for a reason. Wearing the correct PPE for the job at hand keeps you safe from injury.
6. Your safety is your personal responsibility
While it is your employer's responsibility to provide training, it is your responsibility to refuse to use machinery, equipment or materials for which you do not have the proper training. Never refuse to do something that you feel may endanger you or someone else.