In almost everything we do, we find a way to make the process easier and faster. These processes that we develop become work habits and are used not only at work but in our daily activities. Some say it takes 21 days of continuous monitoring and recall to develop a habit. Some of us have really good habits, some of us could use a little work. Good work habits include:
- Always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. Don’t overexert yourself – get help with heavy tasks.
- Don’t lie down too much when you’re on ladders – and risk losing your balance.
- Always use the correct tool for the job. Concentrate on your work.
- Look for unsafe acts or unsafe working conditions and report them. Pay attention to others – remember that you are part of a team.
These are just a few habits that safety-conscious employees adopt every time they get the job done. Ask the following questions before you start working:
- Are the conditions safe to do the job? Are the methods we are going to use safe?
- Does everyone know what to do?
- Does everyone know how to do it?
- Can I or a colleague fall, be hit, get caught between or under, or be electrocuted during this job?
By remembering and following the safety rules and wondering about the conditions, methods, hazards on the job site and knowing what to do, you should be able to reduce your risk of injury. Take action to prevent accidents, not to cause them.
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The Ten Commandments of Good Safety Habits
In almost everything we do, we find a “trick” to make the process easier and faster. Once we have developed these tips, they become work habits in our daily activities. Developing daily safety habits can keep you from injuring yourself all year round. Here are ten safety habits to adopt:
- Set your own standards. Don’t be swayed by others around you who are negative. If you don’t wear safety glasses because others don’t, remember that any blindness you may be suffering from will be yours alone.
- Use equipment only if qualified. Your supervisor may not realize that you have never done the job before. You are responsible for informing your supervisor so that the necessary training can be provided.
- Respect the machines. If you put something in the way of a machine, it will crush it, pinch it or cut it. Make sure all guards are in place. Never rush beyond your ability to think and act safely. Remember to turn off the power before placing your hands in an operating point.
- Use your own initiative for security protection. You are in the best position to see problems when they arise. Ask for the personal protective equipment or additional advice you need.
- To ask questions. If you are not sure, ask. Do not accept responses containing “I think, I guess, I guess”. Be certain.
- Use caution and caution when lifting. Most muscle and spine injuries are due to overuse. Know your limits. Don’t try to pass them. The few minutes it takes to get help will prevent weeks of work stoppage and pain.
- Practice good housekeeping. Disorganized work areas are fertile grounds for accidents. You may not be the only victim. Don’t be a cause.
- Wear correctly and reasonably Work clothes. Wear sturdy and appropriate shoes. These should completely surround the foot. Avoid loose clothing, dangling jewelry, and make sure long hair is tied back and cannot get tangled in the machine.
- Practice good personal cleanliness. Avoid touching eyes, face and mouth with dirty gloves or hands. Wash well and use barrier creams if necessary. Most industrial rashes are the result of poor hygiene practices.
- Be a positive part of the security team. Voluntarily accept and follow the safety rules. Encourage others to do so. Your attitude can play a major role in preventing accidents and injuries.
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