General Safety- Attitude and Behaviour

Humans instinctively seek to avoid pain and death. Yet, we may behave in a manner that is a threat to our well-being. There are a couple of reasons why this occurs:

The first is lack knowledge- What you do not know, can hurt you!

The second reason we may act in a risky manner is attitude- Now might be a good time to do a quick self-analysis.

What is your attitude toward safety?

When asked, some may say they are all for it. Others may complain about any safety effort being made. The difference between the two is one of attitude.

Your attitude affects almost all that you do and how you do it.

Have you ever noticed that people who are successful in life, or are just happy, tend to have a positive attitude? And so it is with safety. Look at it this way:

Safety rules and procedures are written to protect you from harm. They are not written to make your work life more uncomfortable or inconvenient. After all, safety equipment and training costs your employer additional up front money.

If you cooperate in safety matters, not only is there a lesser likelihood of you getting hurt, you will not be battling with the boss who is just trying to do his job by enforcing the safety rules. In addition, you should feel more confident on the job knowing you have a better chance of making it through the day without injury. Less fear of injury and the boss no longer on your back has to brighten up your day!

We are not perfect. Even the best of us can forget or make errors in judgement. To maximize our safety efforts, we must look out for one another. If someone tells you that you are not working in a safe manner, do not become angry or defensive. They are just looking out for your well-being. If you did not know you were doing something wrong, be thankful your errors were noted before someone got hurt. If you simply forgot or got a little careless, be grateful that someone cares enough to get you back on track. If you see someone doing something unsafe, speak up, but do so diplomatically. Treat others just as you would like to be treated in the same situation. A negative attitude toward safety will only cause conflict, stress and ultimately an accident.

Remember, attitude affects behaviour.

If you have a positive attitude, odds are you will exhibit safe behaviour.

Attitude and Behavior

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!