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How to Practice Personal Safety at Your Workplace

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 months ago
  • Author: Elle Casini

Every one of your colleagues may describe safety in their own way. That’s because personal safety in the workplace depends on your awareness of potential threats as well as your employer's safety policies and procedures.

Some of these risks may involve accidents, being struck by an object or caught in a piece of machinery, random crimes such as robbery, or workplace violence.

By giving some thought to these tips, you can make yourself a lot safer on the job.

Your safety is your responsibility.

While you may not be able to reduce or eliminate all injuries or illnesses from occurring in the workplace, safety starts with you. Whether it is unpacking a new box of office supplies or hauling a piece of machinery to its proper place, you create better working conditions for you and your team when you are responsible.

Always dress appropriately, from head to toe.

Unlike regular office settings, when work is conducted under possible electric, flame, or exposed conditions at the workplace, the clothing should work in a manner that eliminates the hazard involved. Some safety clothing may require wearing fire-resistantclothing, personal protective equipment, rubber gloves, masks, goggles, and other safety gear.

Never take shortcuts.

Many accidents occur due to a lack of attention to surroundings. Obey safety signs, stickers, or tags and never take risks when it comes to safety. When you may be in doubt, reach out to your supervisor or manager for instruction, guidance, or training.

Keep your workplace neat and tidy.

Industries such as oil and gas, construction, engineering, and manufacturing are full of health and safety risks. There are dangerous tools, unstable foundations, scaffoldings, makeshift walkways, electrical circuits, or heavy equipment which could cause serious injury. That's why it isvitalto ensure your site and your immediate surroundings are up to code. Your workplace should be clear, and power tools or heavy equipment be identified for wear and tear or malfunction.  This will help reduce the likelihood of any accidents.

Eliminate distractions and follow the rules.

In an interruption-based culture, most of the time notifications from electronic devices and phones can be damaging to productivity. Distraction and constant multitasking can hurt performance and be counterproductive to staying focused on completing tasks. Stay focused and alert, follow the rules, plus get rest to increase your focus and improve your overall health.

Don't use tools or machinery that you haven't been trained for.

While some heavy equipment or tools may seempretty intuitive, there is always a possibility that you may do something wrong if you haven't been appropriately trained for it. It is for your safety and those around you that you operate tools you have qualified for.

Report workplace accidents or safety incidents.

Know when to follow emergency procedures. When in doubt, report to your supervisor promptly for any accidents or incidents. These can include getting care for an injured employee, fixing a problem, or ensuring regulatory state or federal reporting compliance.

With these tips, both employees and management can work together to maximize safety and improve their quality of work. At Per Sé Group, we believe that safety is never to be compromised. Cultivating a safe and inclusive environment is more than just a top priority to us, it’s a daily personal commitment at all levels.We urge you to refer to your company's specific safety guidelines to follow each day on the job.