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Safety Culture and Behavioral Safety

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Safety Culture and Behavioral Safety

Many organizations want to improve their safety culture in order to reduce injury rates, save money, and increase productivity. But how does a company begin to foster a culture of safety? 

The following are a just few key areas that go a long way toward establishing a positive safety culture in an organization.


Management commitment:- Safety culture must have the full commitment of company leadership. Executives and managers must lead by example by following safety policies themselves and must adopt safety as a core organizational value. Safety efforts must be viewed as complementary to productivity and profitability goals rather than in conflict with them.

Employee engagement:- In an organization with strong safety culture, employees are highly engaged with safety. They don’t resent safety efforts, view safety rules as a nuisance that interferes with their work, or believe that safety is “someone else’s job”; rather, they are fully committed to making their workplace as safe as possible. Engaged employees do not hesitate to speak up if they witness unsafe conditions or actions because they know that they can raise concerns without fear of retaliation.

Job hazard analysis and incident investigation:- In order to protect employees from workplace hazards, you need to know what these hazards are. Job hazard analysis allows you to identify the hazards associated with the tasks your workers perform in order to identify appropriate protective measures. Similarly, following an incident, you need to be able to drill down to the root cause to determine what went wrong and how to prevent re occurrences. An effective incident investigation program will allow you to do this.

Policies and procedures:- Policies and procedures are the backbone that supports a safety culture. Safety-related policies—for example, regarding the use of PPE or prohibiting horseplay—should be clear, in writing, and specify consequences for noncompliance. Procedures (such as those for lockout/tagout or emergency shutdown) should be written in easily understandable language that describes the subject in a step-by-step manner. Employees must be familiar with safety policies and procedures they are expected to follow and must be able to review them at any time.

Training:- In order to have a strong safety culture, employees need to receive high-quality training on the company’s safety policies and procedures, hazards they may be exposed to on the job, and safe work practices for protecting themselves against these hazards. Training must be in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand, and it must be provided to all workers, including temporary workers. Make sure to document training and keep track of when refresher training is necessary.

Measurable goals and accountability:-  Safety culture cannot take hold in an organization without clearly defined goals and reliable metrics for assessing success in achieving these goals. A combination of leading and lagging indicators provides the most complete picture of an organization’s safety culture. Set challenging yet achievable safety goals and evaluate your progress towards those goals frequently, making adjustments as necessary.

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Unsafe Act

Unsafe Act

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Unsafe Act can be defined as any activity by employees/ workers which are not as per the prescribed safety standard or practice and which can cause or likely to cause accidents or risk for self or others at workplace, damage equipment and bring losses in terms of reputations and revenue to employer.

Unsafe Acts cause four times as many accidents and injuries as unsafe conditions do. As per analyzing most of accidents are happening due to fault of the person involved in the incident.  

Accidents occur for many reasons. In most instances, people tend to look for “things” to blame when an accident happens because it’s easier than looking for “root causes,” such as those listed below.

 1.     Taking shortcuts: Every day we make decisions we hope will make the job faster and more efficient. But do time savers ever risk your own safety or that of other workers? Shortcuts that reduce your safety on the job are not shortcuts, but an increased chance for injury. 

2.     Being over confident: Confidence is a good thing. Overconfidence is too much of a good thing. “It’ll never happen to me” is an attitude that can lead to improper procedures, tools or methods in your work. Any of these can lead to an injury. 

3.     Starting a task with incomplete instructions: To do the job safely and correctly the first time, you need complete information. Have you ever seen a worker sent to do a job having been given only a part of the job’s instructions? Don’t be shy about asking for explanations regarding work procedures and safety precautions. It isn’t dumb to ask questions, it’s dumb not to!

4.     Poor housekeeping: When clients, managers or safety professionals walk through your work site, housekeeping is an accurate indicator of everyone’s attitude about  quality, production and safety. Poor housekeeping creates hazards of all types. A well-maintained area sets a standard for others to follow. Good housekeeping involves both pride and safety.

5.     Ignoring safety procedures: Purposely failing to observe safety procedures can endanger you and your coworkers. You are being paid to follow safety policies – not to make your own rules. Being “casual” about safety can lead to a casualty!

6.     Mental distractions from work: Having a bad day at home and worrying about it at work is a hazardous combination. Dropping your “mental guard” can pull your focus away from safe work procedures. You can also be distracted when you’re busy working and a friend comes by to talk while you are trying to work. Don’t become a statistic because you took your eyes off the machine “just for a minute.”

7.     Failure to Pre-Plan the Work: There is a lot of talk today about job hazard analysis. JHAs are an effective way to figure out the smartest ways to work safely and effectively. Being hasty in starting a task or not thinking through the process can put you in harm’s way. Instead, plan your work and then work your plan. 

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Consider the underlying accident causes described. Have you or any of your coworkers been guilty of any of these attitudes or behaviors? If so, even though you/they may have not been injured before, the next time you/they may not be so lucky.

Remember, unsafe acts cause accidents and injuries. You need to do your best to ensure that you are working safely. If you develop a “Safety Attitude” chances are unsafe acts will become a thing of the past. 

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Instruction for Good Safety Habits

Instruction for Good Safety Habits

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In most everything we do, we find a “trick” to make the process easier and faster. After we develop these tricks, they become work habits in our everyday activities. Developing everyday safety habits can keep you injury-free throughout the year. Here are 10 safety habits to live by: 

1. Set Your Own Standards : Don’t be influenced by others around you who are negative. If you fail to wear safety glasses because others don’t, remember the blindness you may suffer will be yours alone to live with.  

2. Operate Equipment Only if Qualified : Your supervisor may not realize you have never done the job before. You have the responsibility to let your supervisor know, so the necessary training can be provided.  

3. Respect Machinery : If you put something in a machine’s way, it will crush it, pinch it or cut it. Make sure all guards are in place. Never hurry beyond your ability to think and act safely. Remember to de-energize the power first, before placing your hands in a point of operation. 

4. Use Your Own Initiative for Safety Protection : You are in the best position to see problems when they arise. Ask for the personal protective equipment or additional guidance you need. 

5. Ask Questions : If you are uncertain, ask. Do not accept answers that contain, “I think, I assume, I guess.” Be sure.  

6. Use Care and Caution When Lifting : Most muscle and spinal injuries are from overstrain. Know your limits. Do not attempt to exceed them. The few minutes it takes to get help will prevent weeks of being off work and in pain.

7. Practice Good Housekeeping : Disorganized work areas are the breeding grounds for accidents. You may not be the only victim. Don’t be a cause.  

8. Wear Proper and Sensible Work Clothes : Wear sturdy and appropriate footwear. These should enclose the foot fully. Avoid loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and be sure that long hair is tied back and cannot become entangled in the machinery.  

9. Practice Good Personal Cleanliness : Avoid touching eyes, face and mouth with gloves or hands that are dirty. Wash well and use barrier creams when necessary. Most industrial rashes are the result of poor hygiene practices.  

10. Be a Positive Part of the Safety Team : Willingly accept and follow safety rules. Encourage others to do so. Your attitude can play a major role in the prevention of accidents and injuries. 


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25 Signs You Have An Awesome Safety Culture

25 Signs You Have An Awesome Safety Culture

  1. There is visible leadership commitment at all levels of the organization.
  2. All employees throughout the organization exhibit a working knowledge of health and safety topics.
  3. There is a clear definition of the desired culture the organization wishes to achieve.
  4. There is a lack of competing priorities - safety comes in first every time! 
  5. There is visible evidence of a financial investment in health and safety.
  6. Opportunities for improvement are identified and resolved before a problem occurs.
  7. There is regular, facility-wide communication on health and safety topics.
  8. A fair and just discipline system is in place for all employees.
  9. There is meaningful involvement in health and safety from everyone in the organization.
  10. Managers spend an adequate amount of time out on the shop floor, where the people are.
  11. Participation rates are at an all-time high, indicating that employees are highly motivated and your marketing of health and safety initiatives is effective.
  12. Employees are actively engaged in health and safety initiatives, producing tangible results for your company.
  13. Your employees report high job satisfaction due to the company’s commitment to their health and well-being.
  14. Safety is the first item on the agenda of every meeting.
  15. Employees feel comfortable reporting safety issues to their supervisors.
  16. Regular, detailed audits of the company’s health and safety program are conducted by an external auditor.
  17. Rewards and recognition of good behaviors are regularly given and serve to motivate continued health and safety performance.
  18. Safety is a condition of employment.
  19. Managers and supervisors respond positively to safety issues that are raised.
  20. Safety is viewed as an investment, not a cost.
  21. A high standard exists for accurate and detailed reporting of injuries and illnesses -nothing is swept under the rug!
  22. There is a concrete definition of what success looks like for your health and safety program.
  23. The organization has the will power to make major changes when necessary.
  24. Safety issues are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.
  25. All employees throughout the organization are empowered with the necessary resources and authority to find and fix problems as they see them.

10 Steps Management Can Take to Improve Safety Culture and Prevent Accidents

10 Steps Management Can Take to Improve Safety 

Culture and Prevent Accidents

  1. Define safety responsibilities for all levels of the organization (e.g., safety is a line management function).
  2. Develop upstream measures (e.g., number of reports of hazards/suggestions, number of committee projects/successes, etc.).
  3. Align management and supervisors through establishing a shared vision of safety and health goals and objectives vs. production.
  4. Implement a process that holds managers and supervisors accountable for visibly being involved, setting the proper example, and leading a positive change for safety and health.
  5. Evaluate and rebuild any incentives and disciplinary systems for safety and health as necessary.
  6. Ensure the safety committee is functioning appropriately (e.g., membership, responsibilities/functions, authority, meeting management skills, etc.).
  7. Provide multiple paths for employees to bring suggestions, concerns, or problems forward. One mechanism should use the chain of command and ensure no repercussions. Hold supervisors and middle managers accountable for being responsive.
  8. Develop a system that tracks and ensures the timeliness in hazard correction. Many sites have been successful in building this in with an already existing work order system.
  9. Ensure reporting of injuries, first aids, and near misses. Educate employees on the accident pyramid and importance of reporting minor incidents. Prepare management for initial increase in incidents and rise in rates. This will occur if under-reporting exists in the organization. It will level off, then decline as the system changes take hold.
  10. Evaluate and rebuild the incident investigation system as necessary to ensure that it is timely, complete, and effective. It should get to the root causes and avoid blaming workers.

Implemention of a Safety Culture in an Organization


Implementation of  a Safety Culture in an Organization

It goes without saying, safety belongs at the top of any organization's priorities, but reaching that objective is a challenge. Organizations face a variety of obstacles when trying to keep their facilities and employees safe including lack of training, changing conditions in the workplace, ineffective communication, and cultural inertia.

To move an organization from safety-maybe to safety-first, managers must fundamentally shift the behaviors, beliefs, and values.  

"Culture"that underpin and drive the organization

Here are several factors to consider when embarking on an effort to implement a culture of safety:

1. Leadership Must Lead

Cultural change always starts at the top. If employees perceive indifference to safety among the leadership team, they will adopt the very same attitude. Conversely, if leaders talk about safety everywhere from formal meetings to water cooler conversations, and perhaps more importantly, if they walk their talk by following safety procedures and leading the charge to implement better ones, employees will take safety seriously and actively contribute to improving it.

2. Document Procedures

To keep everyone in an organization on the same page, safety procedures must be clearly and thoroughly documented. This is especially critical for emergency response issues, when uncertainty and confusion are likely to have serious or even disastrous consequences. Documentation is not a one-and-done exercise, either; procedures must be reviewed, improved, and updated regularly.

3. Effectively Communicate Procedures

To be sure, documentation is a necessary step, but to influence the culture of an organization, safety procedures must be communicated effectively. For instance, static text posters on walls lack the impact of large digital screens that can convey emergency procedures and real-time updates through a combination of video, audio, graphical, and text-based content. Digital communication, centrally controlled through a multi-device network, ensures key safety information is communicated consistently to employees in a way that will be remembered and respected. It also facilitates real-time communication, which is essential for emergency response.

4. Train, Train, Train

Effective communication is a must, but as noted in the discussion of leadership, actions speak louder than words. Ongoing training and drills for employees help them internalize behaviors and attitudes like nothing else — and those are the things that must change to create a new culture. Practice leads to successful outcomes.

5. Establish Accountability

A safety strategy and system must have a clear leader and team accountable for results. If safety is no one's responsibility in particular, it will fall to the bottom of the priority list for everyone. To make the safety team accountable, the organization must establish and report on metrics that define success: accident-free days, days missed due to injury, insurance costs, etc.

6. Reward Success

There's a lot of truth in the adage "people do what you pay them to do, not what you tell them to do." To cover every base when moving to a culture of safety, include a reward program that provides meaningful incentives to individuals and work teams when success is achieved. Bonuses, additional days off, celebratory events, and other incentives keep safety top of mind — day in and day out.

Safety Never Sleeps

Here safety was described as a system rather than a program, department, or initiative. 
The latter three words suggest something with an expiration date or a life of its own. 

However, a safety culture can be neither of those things: In a safety culture, safety ideas and impacts are considered in every organizational program, every department, and every corporate initiative. When safety is dealt with in this way, you will know you have achieved true cultural change.



“ It can’t happen to me”, may be you have said it yourself. If not said, most of us have at least thought it sometimes or the other. Usually we think it just before we do something that is little unsafe or may be quite a bit unsafe. We know the safe way to do it, but we take that chance. We are in effect saying , “ I know this could result in an accident, but it can’t happen to me”.

Why can’t it happen to you ? What makes you so special ? Why take chance in the
first place ? Sooner or later the person who keeps saying “It can’t happen to me” will
wind up saying “ If only I had………..”

  1. “ If only I had worn my safety glasses, I wouldn’t have lost my eye ”.
  2. “ If only I had walked instead of run, I wouldn’t have tripped and broken my leg ”
  3. “ If only I had taken my ring off, I wouldn’t have lost my finger on the machine ”.

The next time you find yourself saying, “ It can’t happen to me,” remember that
anything can happen to anybody, anytime, anywhere, if they act in an unsafe manner
or are exposed to an unsafe condition.

All of us should remember that, a person with an “ It can’t happen to me ” attitude is
dangerous. He may escape himself but, he may expose others around him to injury
from an unsafe act or condition. If you see someone acting in an unsafe manner , tell
him about it. If you see an unsafe condition, report it.




SAFETY ATTITUDE is difficult to define, but we recognize a good safety attitude and a poor safety attitude when we see it.The quality of one's safety attitude typically is described in terms of behavior. 

A person's actions reflect the attitude.

The worker who always wears prescribed personal protective equipment demonstrates good safety behavior and good safety attitude. One, who does not, demonstrates a poor safety attitude


1. “Can we make this job safer?”

2. “How can someone be injured here?”

3. “Let's take a minute to make sure that we've got all of the safety equipment we need.”

4. “I wear these PPE’s all the time, just so that I don't forget.”

5. “This stuff is a pain to wear, but without it, there's no other protection.”

6. “Stop! Go get the right tool.”

7. “Before we quit, let's pick up all this scrap.”

Safety Away From Work

Safety Away From Work

Safety at work is hopefully a matter of routine. Just as important as safety on the job, is safety at home. According to one study, you are actually safer at work than at home. For our discussion today, consider driving, home and play.

  • Don’t speed.
  • Drinking and driving don’t mix.
  • Maintain your vehicle in good mechanical condition.
  • Watch out for other drivers.
  • Allow for proper stopping distances.
  • Be courteous, especially if you’re in a company vehicle.
  • Minimize electrical exposures.
  • Eliminate slipping and tripping hazards.
  • Don’t overextend on ladders.
  • Teach your family to identify hazards.
  • Know basic first aid and, if possible, CPR.
  • Be careful not to overexert yourself.
  • Loosen up before you begin playing a sport.
  • Don’t try to keep up with the children (of all ages).
  • Know any safety rules associated with your forms of recreating (i.e., boating, hunting).
  • Teach your family how to play safely and then enforce the rules.
Our family and friends are very important to us. With a safe driving, living, working and playing environment, we can continue with our friends and family.

Employee Responsibility in Safety

Employee Responsibility in Safety

Employers and supervisors expect employees to be responsible. This starts with getting to work on time, working safely through the day and bringing concerns to their supervisor.

An effective Accident Prevention Program includes defined responsibilities for management, supervisors, and employees.

  • Management is responsible for the safety and health of all employees as well as providing a safe workplace.
  • Supervisors are responsible for providing a safe workplace as well as managing the operations issues.
  • Employees have responsibilities in safety too.
Employee responsibilities include:

  • Listen and learn from any training. Be an active participant in learning a job skill or safety issue.
  • Ask for assistance if training or instructions are not clear or you don’t feel comfortable performing the task.
  • Follow all safety rules, including safe procedures and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Report unsafe acts and near misses immediately. Especially if the unsafe act is ongoing. This will help keep the workplace safe for everyone.
  • Report all injuries to a supervisor immediately.
  • Address problems with the supervisor. Always try to give solutions to a problem. (You may understand more than the supervisor about the problem and how to fix it.)
  • Re-address un-resolved issues with your supervisor. The supervisor may have forgotten about those issues you brought up previously.
  • Be active in the safety of the workplace. Participate in safety committee meetings, safety meetings, and when trained in a safety issue.
The above mentioned are just a few areas where employees have responsibility. There are many others. Look for other areas to assist in safety and operations. Bring these ideas to a supervisor’s attention. This input is appreciated.

Safety Is Common Sense

Safety Is Common Sense

According to accident statistics, four of five serious injuries are the result of workers not being sensible on the job and taking unnecessary chances. Common sense on the job is irreplaceable. Most of us have worked around people that are accident prone. They aren’t jinxed; they aren’t very common sense smart. Today we want to talk about using common sense to avoid accidents in the workplace.

Common Sense “Smarts”

  • Always wear the proper personal protective equipment.
  • Don’t over exert yourself – get help with heavy tasks.
  • Don’t over extend yourself when on ladders – and risk losing your balance.
  • Always use the proper tool for the job.
  • Concentrate on your work.
  • Look for unsafe acts or unsafe working conditions – and then report them.
  • Watch out for others – remember you are part of a team.
Ask the following questions before you begin to work:
  • Are the conditions safe to do the work?
  • Are the methods we are going to use safe?
  • Does everyone know what to do?
  • Does everyone know how to do it?
  • Can I fall, get struck by, get caught between or under, or get electrocuted on this job?
By remembering and following common sense rules and by asking yourself about the conditions, methods, job site hazards and knowing what to do, you should be able to decrease your chances of being injured. Be “common sense smart” and prevent accidents, not cause them.

Characteristics of a Safety Culture

Characteristics of a Safety Culture

Introducing change within an organization can be challenging. Effective and lasting change generally comes about when the board and senior management not only commit to adopting safety as a top priority, but at the same time provides compelling evidence that change must be made now. Evidence is usually provided as the amount of money accidents are costing the nonprofit or as a threat of program reductions. 

Change comes about more quickly when the reward structure is changed to compensate those managers, departments, employees and volunteers whose behavior contributes to safety goals. Similarly, immediate and meaningful consequences need to be applied when careless behavior or negligence causes an accident or injury. 

Just as every organization has its own unique " culture," there is no specific set of standards for a safety culture. However, there are some observable characteristics that identify a safety culture.

Employees and volunteers observe and correct hazards

In a safety culture, employees and volunteers are able to observe and correct hazards. Once a hazard is identified, the correction is made and reported. This level of documentation facilitates an ongoing safety program within the nonprofit.

Correct personal protective equipment is worn
In a safety culture, employees and volunteers always "dress for success" by using the appropriate protective gear and equipment. Employees and volunteers know how to use the appropriate equipment to do the task, and how to keep tools and machinery well maintained.

The safety committee is respected

In a safety culture, there is an active safety committee. The committee meetings are scheduled on a regular basis and well-attended. The overall agenda of the committee is clear with goals and performance expectations presented on at least an annual basis. The committee offers regular training in basic safety methods, and also specialized in-service training to deal with safety issues specific to the nonprofit.

There is buy-in from bottom to top

In a safety culture, the process has been worked within organization over time. Because individual motivations are different, the process of infusing a safety culture needs to address an array of motivations. Management will want to see the safety culture reduce the cost of insurance, and employees and volunteers will want to feel safer and less prone to injuries. Employees and volunteers will want to feel valued for their contributions in terms of identifying and correcting hazards. In determining if you have a safety culture, it is important to have staff at various levels measure activities versus performance.

Safety Culture

Safety Culture

The organization's culture provides the framework for introducing safety education and safe practices. Organizational culture is not something that you can photograph or download from the Internet.

However, you can see traces of it, and you can feel it when you enter some workplaces. Here are some clues that you can use to identify your organization's "culture".


Every organization has its own "language" Â \ terms that are part of what goes on within the nonprofit. These words and ideas also signify the way people are expected to behave in your workplace and with clients. "Customs" can be described as the routines for giving and obtaining service, and "rituals" describe the events that take place on a regular basis, such as an annual volunteer recognition event, a fundraiser or a board retreat. Is "safety" part of the language of your nonprofit? Or is safety considered something that is just the cleaning crew's, building engineer's or safety coordinator's job?

Being part of a team A \ group norms

Group norms describe the ways in which people are expected to work together in groups? What behaviors are OK, what is not OK, and what is completely taboo. Behavioral expectations are some of the key aspects of organizational culture. What types of behavior is expected in the realm of safety?

Values and beliefs

An organization's mission reflects the nonprofit's core values and beliefs. Treatment of clients, community outreach and the stewardship of resources all reflect these values and beliefs. Is safety part of your nonprofit's value structure? Are people rewarded in a tangible, visible way for promoting safety and working safely?

Rules of the game

These are the rules that are not written down, but must be understood if a person is to get along in the organization. These "rules" also indicate what is considered of value within the organization. Are good safety practices among the unwritten rules of your nonprofit?


"Climate" describes the feeling that is conveyed by the physical layout and the way in which members of the organization interact with each other, clients, donors and members of the public. How does the physical layout of your nonprofit make a statement about your commitment to safety? Are safety concerns evident in the interaction among employees and volunteers and in staff interaction with clients, donors and members of the public?

The Way Things Are Done  \ Patterns of Problem Solving

The ways people are "shown the ropes" of the organization including how problems are identified and solved within the organization illustrate patterns of problem solving. How are newcomers told about the nonprofit's commitment to safety? Are new employees briefed on safety procedures? Do they know that there are consequences for ignoring safety practices or engaging in unsafe behavior? Are the consequences enforced?


Answer "Yes" or "No."
"Safety" is part of the language of the nonprofit.
Safety is part of your nonprofit's value structure.
Safety is considered something that is the cleaning crew's, building engineer's or safety coordinator's and everyone else's job.
People are rewarded in a tangible, visible way for promoting safety.
Safe practices are part of the unwritten rules of your nonprofit.
Safety concerns are evident in the interaction among staff and volunteers and in their interaction with clients, donors and members of the public.
New employees are briefed on safety procedures.
New employees know that there are consequences for ignoring safety practices or engaging in unsafe behavior.
Consequences for ignoring safety practices or engaging in unsafe behavior are enforced.

Safety Tips: Safe Usage of Cell Phone


To make your day a little safer and your life a little easier, here are some cell phone safety tips:

  • Try to place calls while your vehicle is stationary / Safe Place.

  • Use a "hands-free" or speaker phone accessory. Not only does this allow you to keep your hands on the wheel / handle and your eyes on the road, but using a hands-free kit keeps the phone further from your head reducing exposure to the alleged tumor-causing radiation.

  • Never read or write text messages while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for a second or two can result in a collision. Pull over to the side of the road if you must text.

  • Program frequently called numbers into your phone's memory allowing you to keep dialing to a minimum.

  • If you must dial when the car is moving, hold the phone at eye level so you will have a clear view of the road.

  • Do not make emotional phone calls while driving as you will be focused primarily on the call rather than your driving.

  • Never read or write while riding/driving. If you must write a note or take down a phone number during a conversation, PULL OVER!

  • Make sure your phone is within easy reach while driving.

  • Be careful when pulling over to place calls. To avoid being a crime victim, do not stop in dangerous areas and keep your car doors locked.

  • If your phone is connected to your car's power source, disconnect your phone before using jumper cables. The power surge could damage your phone.

Safety Tips : Common Sense Safety

Common Sense Safety

  1. There are a number of safety problems common to most workplaces and job sites that can be solved with a little common sense. Planning and thinking ahead can help eliminate most of these hazards. Take a close look at your workplace with these suggestions in mind.
  2. Eliminate junk piles. Organize a clean up program to remove trash, broken parts, and scrap from work areas, walkways, storerooms, and neglected corners. Look for materials that have been stacked improperly. An unstable stack is a real danger to anyone who may be near if the material suddenly falls. Check such things as wood pallets, dock freight, storeroom boxes, construction materials and even office files to see that materials are stacked properly.
  3. Examine all the operations of your workplace to determine if personal protective clothing is needed, then make it readily available. Ear protection, eye protection, hard hats, gloves, safety shoes or other protective clothing and equipment must be worn according to the hazard exposure.
  4. Make sure all electric power tools are grounded. Protect yourself from electric shock by using tools with three-prong plugs, a ground-fault system or double insulation. Never cut off the ground plug on a three-prong plug. Check electrical cords and wires for any damage. Guard power tools and moving machine parts. Tools and equipment should never be operated with the guards or shields removed.
  5. Inspect portable ladders to make sure they are secure and don’t shake or wiggle. Nonslip feet are a must. If a ladder seems weak, get rid of it – don’t let others use a defective ladder. Mark it defective and throw it away.
  6. Fire extinguishers are a must and should be mounted properly, readily accessible, and in working order. Check fire regulations to make sure they are properly placed and the right type for your work area. When was the last time your fire extinguishers were tested? Extinguisher inspections should be made regularly then tagged to show when and who performed the tests.
  7. Exits should be clearly marked with easy to read signs place above the doors. Signs with arrows should also be used to guide people to the exit if the layout of the workplace is confusing to those unfamiliar with your facility. Illuminated signs should be kept in working order at all times. Don’t block exits or signs with vehicles or material. Another good idea is to mark doors that are not exits with “This is Not An Exit,” “Restroom,” “Storeroom” or “Closet.” Put rails on all stairways. The stairs themselves should be in good shape with nonskid treads. Repair those that are damaged or chipped.
  8. Safety meetings are one of the most important parts of a good safety program, so hold them regularly. Impress upon every worker that it’s important that they take every precaution to keep the workplace safe. Both employee and employer attitudes toward safety provide a key to a successful safety program. Posters, handouts, and training programs can all be part of your safety communication.



  1. Follow instructions and if you do not know, ASK.

2. Correct or Report unsafe conditions.

3. Help keep the job site clean and orderly.

4. Use the right tools and equipment for the job.

5. Report all injuries immediately to your supervisor no matter how 
minor. Get first aid treatment, if necessary.

6. Use, adjust and repair equipment only when authorized.

7. Use personal protective equipment. Wear safe clothing. Keep items in

    good condition.

8. No horseplay. Avoid distracting others.

9. When lifting, bend your knees. Get help for heavy loads.

10. Comply with all safety rules and signs.



Safety is everyone's responsibility! As am employee, you should:

a. Learn to work safely and take all rules seriously.

b. Recognize hazards and avoid them.

c. Report all accidents, injuries and illness to your supervisor immediately.

d. Inspect tools before use to avoid injury.

e. Wear all assigned personal protective equipment.

On the other hand, it is management's responsibility to:

a. Provide a safe and healthy workplace.

b. Provide personal protective equipment.

c. Train employees in safe procedures and in how to identify hazards.

Everyone must be aware of potential hazards on the job:

a. Poor housekeeping results in slips, trips and falls.

b. Electricity can cause shocks, burns or fire if not handled properly.

c. Poor material handling may cause back problems or other injuries.

d. Tools and equipment can cause injuries if guards or protective devices are disengaged.

Always use the protections that are provided on the job:

a. Guards on machines and tools keep body parts from contacting moving equipment.

b. Insulation on electrical equipment prevents burns, shock and fire.

c. Lockout/tagout assure equipment is de-energized before it is repaired.

d. Personal protective equipment shields your body from hazards you may face on the job.

In case of emergency:

a. Understand alarms and evacuation routes.

b. Know how to notify emergency response personnel.

c. Implement a procedure for leaving the scene safely so emergency personnel can do their job.

d. Wipe up spills promptly and correctly.

Safety benefits everyone! By incorporating safety rules, employees avoid injury as well as illness from exposure to hazardous substances. With less injuries, a business can be more productive and profitable. The welfare of the community is also enhanced by providing cleaner air and water and less chance of dangerous accidents that can put lives and property at risk.

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