What is your responsibility in safety?
Thoughts to Start the Workday
How important is your safety to you and your family? Are you “on the alert” every minute of the day to the dangers of unsafe habits and practices?
If you have learned the safety aspects of your job well, it will be easy for you to identify an action, or a feature of a job setup that isn’t as safe as it should be. Keeping an eye out for your co-workers’ safety can help you, too. Remember that the most important task is the one you are working on at this moment. If you allow your mind to drift, your distraction can make the difference between leaving work today in the same condition you arrived, or taking a trip to the hospital.
Exercise Personal Responsibility
Effective Planning and Pre-Task Assessment
- What is the job I am about to do?
- How am I going to perform this job?
- What tools, equipment, and procedures am I going to need and use?
- How could I be injured? How could I injure someone else? What could happen?
- What am I going to do to ensure I don’t injure myself or anyone else?
Maintain or Adopt a Safety “Attitude”
- Have an unwavering commitment to yourself, your family and your workgroup.
- Know & understand the work plans and actions to be taken.
- Ensure that co-workers and others in the area understand the plans.
- Continually assess your job task for changes and new hazards. “KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, EYES OPEN and LIGHTS ON.”
- Provide feedback to co-workers and supervision regarding your assessments.
- All injuries and accidents are preventable.
- Employees (including contract employees) are responsible for their own safety and their co-workers’ safety.
- Management has the responsibility to provide a safe work environment, the time to work safely, the proper tools, procedures and training.
- Employees and contractors have the responsibility to follow all procedures.
- All injuries, incidents and near misses must be reported immediately.
- Operate equipment within design limits, with safety devices in service.
- Stop and seek assistance and involve others whenever you are unsure.
- Develop procedures or write Pre-Plans for all new or non-routine work.