Your Safety Is Your Responsibility
People go to work every day, but don’t expect to be injured. Rather, they expect their employer to provide a safe work environment and to ensure protection from job hazards. It certainly isn’t unrealistic. You have a right to a safe and healthful work environment. But employers are not the only ones responsible for your safety. You are, too. We all share the responsibility for encouraging a safety culture to improve behavior and performance in the workplace. We all share accountability to encourage our peers to value safe work practices and safety programs in a positive, proactive way. Here’s how you can do it. If you think a job or a task is unsafe, stop the work. If you see something unsafe, report it. Make a commitment today to take an active role in safety.
- Following established health and safety policies and procedures.
- Maintaining your personal work area in a clean and orderly manner.
- Wear, maintain and properly store your personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Make sure you and your co-workers wear PPE properly.
- Attend all safety training that your employer offers.
- Using safe work practices to eliminate slips, trips and falls.
- Lift safely and helping others to do the same.
- Label all chemical containers and become familiar with safety data sheets.
- Know evacuation procedures and the location of emergency equipment.