Everyone is Responsible for Safety

 

Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

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As an employee, you should:

  1. Learn to work safely and take all rules seriously.
  2. Recognise hazards and avoid them.
  3. Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to your supervisor immediately.
  4. Inspect tools before use to avoid injury.
  5. Wear all assigned Personal Protective Equipment.

On the other hand it is Managements responsibility to:

  1. Provide a safe and healthy workplace.
  2. Provide Personal Protective Equipment.
  3. Train employees in safe procedures and how to identify hazards.

Everyone must be aware of potential hazards on the job:

  1. Poor housekeeping results in slips, trips and falls.
  2. Electricity can cause shocks, burns or fire if not handled properly.
  3. Poor material handling may cause back problems or other injuries.
  4. Tools and equipment can cause injuries if guards or protective devices are disengaged.

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Always use the protections that are provided on the job:

  1. Guards on machines and tools keep body parts from contacting moving equipment.
  2. Insulation on electrical equipment prevents burns, shock and fire.
  3. Lockout/ tag-out assure equipment is de-energized before it is repaired.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment shields your body from hazards you may face on the job.

In case of emergency:

  1. Understand alarms and evacuation routes.
  2. Know how to notify emergency response personnel.
  3. Implement a procedure for leaving the scene safely so emergency personnel can do their job (An effective evacuation plan).
  4. Wipe up spills promptly and correctly.

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.

Safety benefits everyone.

Be alert & don’t get hurt!

The Cost of an Accident

Every accident has a cost associated with it and that is why it is important to stress safety on and off the job. The costs that are involved are both direct and indirect; however the employee who was injured will be the one who pays the most. The costs associated with an accident are always more than just money!

Direct Costs for the Employee

  • Lost wages and overtime
  • Doctor and hospital bills

Indirect Costs for the Employee

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost time with family and friends
  • Loss of productivity on and off the job
  • Relationship strain

 Direct Costs for the Employer

  • Medical bills and workers compensation claims
  • Legal costs
  • Insurance costs
  • Property damage costs
  • Wages being paid for a side line worker

Indirect Costs for the Employer

  • Loss of a valued employee
  • Loss of productivity
  • Replacing the lost worker (hiring and training costs)
  • Damage to equipment or tools
  • Time it takes to handle the injury claim
  • Decrease in employee morale over the loss of an employee.

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