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Safety Matters: 8 Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know

1. BE AWARE

You can prevent injuries by being aware of your surroundings and paying attention to where you’re walking. Walking into/onto or tripping over objects are common workplace accidents. Pay special attention to and adhere to walkways to avoid dangerous mishaps.


2. RECEIVE PROPER TRAINING

Don’t assume you can teach yourself how to operate anything - especially heavy machinery. The result could be loss of limb or even your life. Complete all necessary training and use caution with unfamiliar equipment. If you work on machinery, make sure you know the proper operating procedures before you start working. If unsure, ask before you begin.


3. LIFT WITH CAUTION

You may feel strong enough to lift certain objects, but the result of improper lifting can be devastating. For objects over 50 pounds, ask for help or use machinery to lift the object instead. Ensure you’re using proper form & lifting with your legs instead of your back if you do repetitive lifting.


4. DON’T OVEREXERT YOURSELF

Overexertion is a major cause for injury. If you’re getting tired, take a break. Make sure you take all breaks provided to allow for adequate rest because bodily injuries from overexertion can be extremely serious and expensive.


5. READ WARNING SIGNS

It is crucial to your safety that you read & understand all signage in your workplace. Signs warn workers of hazardous conditions or machinery. Take them seriously. Don’t ignore or skim through warnings. Read each sign carefully, and make sure you understand the risks before you proceed.


6. WEAR PROPER CLOTHING

Whether you’re operating machinery or working with hazardous materials, proper clothing is one of the key workplace safety tips. Ask your employer what protective gear they require you to wear, and what, if any, they provide.


7. PROTECT YOUR EYES & EARS

If you work with hazardous materials or in an environment where loud noises occur regularly, wearing proper ear and eye equipment is vital to safety. Protective eyewear prevents injury from debris or chemical exposure and ear protection can prevent hearing loss or permanent damage.


8. ADDRESS INJURIES IMMEDIATELY

If you’re injured at work, make sure you address it right away. Report any/all injuries and seek medical attention immediately. Don’t allow injuries to linger – it could lead to permanent damage.


If you adhere to these workplace safety tips, not only will you be safe at work, but you will avoid most workplace injuries.


*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. For further information, please consult a risk management professional.

 

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