Every employee is responsible for his or her own safety in the workplace. Managers have a role to play, but avoiding accidents and injuries start with the right attitude. Keep these tips in mind for protecting yourself and your co-workers:
* Stay aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the people, objects and potential hazards around you. Don’t “zone out” when you’re doing something important.
* Ask lots of questions. Check with your manager and co-workers on the safest way to do your job. Point out any possible dangers you see.
* Get the proper training. Don’t take chances with unfamiliar equipment or procedures. Request the proper training to operate machinery and do your job safely.
* Take breaks. Fatigue is the cause of many accidents. Take breaks to get the rest you need to stay energized and attentive.
* Learn emergency procedures. Take note of all exits, fire alarms, first aid kits and all necessities an emergency may call for. Talk to your manager about holding drills so that everyone will know how to react in case of an emergency.
* Take care of your body. Be careful when lifting, climbing ladders, and when performing any kind of heavy physical work. Even if you are at a desk all day, check out safety tips for good ergonomics to avoid repetitive stress injuries and other ailments.
* Rely on good safety equipment. Wear protective gloves and any other protective gear when handling hazardous material.
Remember, Don’t be a victim!