Adherence to safety practices might take additional time and effort during your workday. However, the extra effort is worth it when it helps avoid injuries for you and your coworkers.
Checking your workplace safety throughout the day is an easy way to maintain a safe environment. Showing you care about everyone’s health and well-being improves productivity and employee morale.
Follow these seven safety practices daily to maintain a safe work area.
1. Properly Use the Tools, Equipment, and Machines
Ensure you use the tools, equipment, and machines correctly and for their intended purpose. Also, regularly clean and inspect the equipment to ensure it is safe. Talk with your supervisor about any issues or concerns.
2. Use Safety Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment
Put on the appropriate PPE when using equipment or cleaning up messes. Use the proper safety equipment as well. Let your supervisor know right away if the equipment is damaged.
3. Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls
Make sure aisles are clear to prevent slips and trips. Also, ensure there are no holes, loose boards, or nails projecting from the floor. Plus, use drips pans and guards when working with liquids. Immediately clean up spills to maintain a safe work area.
4. Maintain Clear Work Areas and Emergency Exits
Make sure work areas, equipment shutoffs, and emergency exits are clear. Also, maintain enough space to use tools and properly pick up heavy objects. Plus, keep equipment shutoffs and emergency exits accessible in case dangerous conditions result.
5. Minimize Fire Hazards
If you work with combustible material, keep on hand only the amount you need for the task. When you are not using the material, store it in the assigned safe storage area. Keep the combustible material away from sources of ignition. Store combustible waste in metal receptacles that are disposed of daily.
6. Prevent Falling Objects
Use nets, toe boards, and toe rails to keep objects from falling. Also, stack boxes in orderly up-and-down lines. Additionally, place heavy objects on lower shelves. Plus, keep stacked objects away from aisles and work areas.
7. Maintain Proper Lifting Posture
Keep your back straight and use your legs when lifting heavy objects. Pick up the items without stooping or twisting. Use mechanical aids like a conveyor belt, wheelbarrow, or forklift when possible.
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