SAFETY TIPS 2018-05-24T12:20:07+00:00
  • Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public. Always ensure the necessary measurements put in place to prevent slipping at the workplace.

  • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.

  • Posture affects which muscle groups are active during physical activity. Awkward postures can make work tasks more physically demanding by increasing the exertion required from smaller muscle groups and preventing the stronger, larger muscle groups from working at maximum efficiency. The increased exertion from the weaker, smaller muscle groups impairs blood flow and increases the rate of fatigue. Always make sure to stand up, walk or stretch after hours of working.

  • If work at height cannot be avoided, a risk assessment should be carried out before any work at height is undertaken. The assessment should highlight the measures that must be taken to ensure people are not at risk of falling from height.

  • Anytime hazards exist or there are unsafe working conditions, management should be alerted immediately. Although management is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, it becomes infinitely more difficult to achieve this goal if they are unaware of the danger. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and non-management staff must report unsafe conditions to management for a solution.

  • Have a fire plan in place for your work site, and make sure your employees understand it fully. Having a fire drill every now and then is a good way for employees to keep escape routes, meeting spots, and procedures in mind.

  • Remember that grease fires cannot be fought by dousing them with water. Oil is hydrophobic and also is the fuel source in grease fires. Water will simply splash the oil around and spread the fire even further.

  • Unplug unused equipment and tools, and stow them safely out of the way in a dry, cool space.
    – Never leave running tools or equipment unattended.
    – Always turn off power before you plug or unplug the appliances.

  • A well-organized stockroom promotes safety and is more efficient. Putting one person in charge of the stockroom can help to facilitate proper organization and storage within the area. This person may also help to ensure that proper inventory levels are kept, duplicate orders aren’t being placed, and expired chemicals are disposed of properly.

    Even when storage space is at a premium, segregating incompatible chemicals in storerooms and providing containment for shelves are both important factors for worker safety.

    Establish a plan for new chemicals. Before a chemical enters a lab, have a plan for properly handling, storing, and disposing of it.

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  • Protect your lungs. Respiratory problems, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and lung cancer, are common among construction workers. Wear a face mask whenever working on a job that creates dust. If you’re working with paint or lacquer, use a respirator to avoid breathing in the hazardous fumes.

  • One of the easiest ways of reducing the risk of an incident in the office, workshop or any working area is to keep it clean and tidy.

  • Like most equipment, PPE will wear out over time. Many items have expiration dates and must be removed from service after this date. A hard hat should been in use for no longer than five years and date it is first placed is service should be recorded inside the hat. Some PPE items are required to be replaced after an incident or if it becomes soiled to ensure protection for the wearer is not compromised.

    While PPE protects you in the event of an accident, it does not prevent the accident itself. By establishing safety guidelines and training workers in the correct use of PPE, your facility will be safer and any accidents will be less likely to end in injury.

  • When you’re climbing a scaffold, always maintain a three-point grip. That means that one hand and two feet, or one foot and two hands, should stay in contact with the scaffold at all times. Keep your body as close to the frame as possible. Leaning way out could cause the whole works to tip over right on top of you. And never climb on the cross braces; they’re not designed to handle the weight.

  • Reduce workplace stress. Common causes includes long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with co-workers or bosses. Stress can lead to depression, sleeping difficulties and problems with concentration.

  • It’s important to ensure that you properly stack and store materials in your workplace so that they don’t endanger workers. For example, unstable stacks could collapse onto workers. And piles that block sprinklers can pose a fire hazard.

    Naturally, you must comply with the requirements for safely storing materials in your jurisdiction’s OHS regulations, both when storing materials on racks or in piles/stacks. But here are eight general tips for safe stacking:

    1. Ensure that materials aren’t stacked so high that they’re in danger of toppling over or collapsing.
    2. Store heavy and unstable items as low as possible to the floor.
    3. Ensure that loads are properly secured against movement on pallets and that pallets are in good condition and the appropriate size and type for the load.
    4. Where possible, try to stack articles of the same size and weight together.
    5. When stacking bags or bundles of material, alternate rows. For example, place one row running lengthwise, the next running widthwise, the third lengthwise, etc.
    6. Ensure there’s adequate space to allow workers, forklifts and other lifting devices to navigate the workplace safely and efficiently.
    7. Block or chock the bottom tiers of round items so that they don’t shift or roll.
    8. Ensure that materials aren’t stacked so high that they block sprinklers, could come into contact with ignition sources or are near energized electrical wires.