THE 12 GOLDEN RULES OF SAFETY
Safety rules set the context within which you may work there form the framework in which all work activity should be carried out either for maximum productivity, efficiency, or safety of staff during work hours. Failure to pay attention to them or wilful disregard for them could lead to suspension, termination of your employment, in some cases severe injuries and sometimes death. That is why it is always important to pay attention to these strict work rules because these associated risk never goes on vacation.
So here are 12 Golden rules of safety
- THINK BEFORE YOU DO: When you notice a safety problem you need to first stop to think before you do contact your supervisor and discuss what you have noticed he might be in a better position to suggest a better solution
- NO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AT WORK: This is so you remain focus and no disorientated as not to do the wrong thing and be at risk.
- DON’T JUST WORK, DO IT RIGHT: You stand a chance of being at risk when you don’t follow specific instructions for a particular work. For instance, if you disregard the safety sign that instructs on how heavy loads should be carried you might end up hurting your lower back.
- PAY ATTENTION TO BARRIERS: Sensitive areas like water bodies and newly seeded areas can be protected by employing properly planned construction barrier and this also informs you if work in ongoing or a construction crane is on your walk path.
- DON'T START WORK WITHOUT ASSESSING THE RISK INVOLVED: It is always important to assess the risk of a particular work before starting that way you know what to pay close attention to and what risk is involved at what stage
- DON'T EVER WALK UNDERNEATH A LOAD. Except you want to be at risk of being one squashed marshmallow to avoid risk use the right equipment and designated signaler.
- SHUT OFF POWER SYSTEMS THAT CAN CAUSE A HAZARD: When working on powered systems shut off all systems that can pose a hazard by so doing you avoid risks.
- ALWAYS GET A WORK PERMIT: In cases when you have to work in confined spaces always have a work permit and ensure you are been monitored as the risk involved is high. Never go in without a supervisor or a third-party monitoring your activity
- FOR WORK AT HEIGHT NEVER IMPROVISE: It’s not a time to get creative when you are been served with the right equipment to work with be a profession and use the right equipment.
- ALWAYS THINK OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS WHEN A SITUATION CHANGES: It is always ideal to think about the negative outcome when the situation changes or when you not wearing the right equipment or and equipment develops a fault in the process of working.
- COORDINATE MOVEMENT WHEN WORKING SIMULTANEOUSLY: In other not to get into the faces of each other you must coordinate with everyone involved to analyze the risk involved
- STAY ALERT: To avoid accidents always plan.
THE ROLE OF PPE FOR SAFETY IN THE WORK PLACE
You won’t climb up an electric pole to fix connections without safety equipment’s now, would you? So why go to work without wearing the right PPE for whatever job you do. Now, what is PPE?
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) is clothing or equipment designed to protect workers from physical hazards when on a worksite. This includes things like safety helmets, safety goggles, ear protection, safety gloves, high visibility vests, work boots, fall protection and more.
Safety is a major issue for day laborers and skilled laborers. Each year, there are records of accidents happening frequently in the construction industry and often it is due to the absence of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or not wearing the right PPE provided for the job. PPE’s are made specifically for worker's safety either when working on construction sites, mining sites or other construction-related work and these jobs have their risk and hazards. These risks can be anything from wet floors to falling debris and everything in between. Let’s explore some PPE commonly used on construction sites and their benefits:
- HEAD PROTECTION:Think of a motorcycle on full speed with the driver without proper head protection, we can say the motorcycle driver doesn’t care much about PPE. Hard hats are common on construction sites. They are designed to protect against flying or falling objects that would otherwise impact or penetrate the worker. Some hard hats are equipped with accessories such as face shields and earmuffs. Hard hats should be well-fitted; those that are too large or too small are considered inappropriate for use.
- FACE AND EYE PROTECTION:Safety goggles and full-face shields can give you the protection needed for the eyes and face. Safety goggles keep small particles away from eyes, they protect against chemical splashes, and they are heat resistant and protect eyes from sparks and flames.
- RESPIRATORY PROTECTION:Chemical substances are harmful to our health so cases where you work in and environment that is either dusty, has chemical fumes, or things like paint spray, pesticides and other dangerous substances that could cause permanent impairment. Respiratory protection should be considered a very piece of vital equipment. Like the use of nose masks on infected areas.
- SKIN AND HAND PROTECTION:Construction jobs typically require the use of hands. Each year, around 150,000 hand injuries are reported. Occupational skin and other skin injuries and infections are the second most common type of occupational disease and can be very costly. Because a lot of work is done with the hands, gloves are an essential item in providing skin protection. Some examples of gloves commonly used as PPE include rubber gloves, cut-resistant gloves, chainsaw gloves, and heat-resistant gloves. Using gloves helps to avoid hazards usually involved when working with chemicals, glass, sheet metal, electricity, hot materials or slippery objects.
- HEARING PROTECTION:Every day, we experience sounds in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, these sounds are at safe levels that don’t damage our hearing. But sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting. These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss. Industrial noise is often discounted as an occupational hazard since it isn’t visible. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, about 82% of occupational hearing loss cases occurred to workers in the manufacturing sector. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration establishes occupational noise exposure standards. NIOSH recommends that worker exposures to noise be reduced to a level equivalent to 85 dBA for eight hours to reduce occupational noise-induced hearing loss. Earplugs and earmuffs are common hearing protection tools. It is important to note that earmuffs are more effective in reducing high-frequency noise while earplugs are more effective for reducing low-frequency noise.
Using PPE, and wearing it properly, is vital to avoid unnecessary injury in the workplace. Choosing not to wear PPE can be dangerous and life-threatening especially when it could save your life. Never hesitate to ask temporary staffing agencies if they have the necessary PPE. Safety is important and having an understanding of these various protection devices can help to prevent hazardous injury. Safety is not expensive it’s priceless. That’s why at Safety plus we believe in safety first. You can choose to cut your costs. But not your safety.
SAFETY SIGNS AND WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT
Think of it this way, you are walking into an engineering workshop and as you enter, you step on a slippery floor of oil leaks from machines that are worked on and you lose your balance, slip, and fall. You certainly will feel bad and what will come to mind will be “Why didn’t anyone say the floor was slippery or at least put up a sign” that’s how difficult and frustrating things get without proper information and the lack of safety signs.
Let’s start with a question. What ARE SAFETY SIGNS?
Safety signs are a medium of communication that conveys information or instructions regarding the physical safety of people. They usually have a symbol and text, although there are safety signs that have only one of the two.
So now that we know what safety signs are, we need to know why these signs are an essential part of the workplace.
SAFETY SIGNS PROVIDE INSTANT VISUAL COMMUNICATION OF SAFETY MESSAGES
Why most safety signs are made to have just a symbol or text, however, the purpose of this vivid images is to be able to catch the attention of the worker and communicate its message almost immediately and clearly to the viewer. These safety signs feature clear pictographic illustrations of the hazard they’re highlighting, accompanied by clear, simple text instructions and eye-catching visual design. They are also color-specific and shaped in a certain form to make it obvious at a glance when an employee is entering a high-risk area, or when there are actions they need to take to ensure the safety of themselves and others. Take for instance color red. We all know that this is a color mostly identified with danger or a stop sign so seeing a sign in red about will make one look closely.
However safety signs are not an intentional action to replace safety training, but addition and a reminder to the most crucial messages in places where workers are most likely to be at risk and vulnerable to hazards and poor working habits that might pose a risk to them.
PINPOINT SAFE METHODS OF WORK AS WELL AS POSSIBLE HAZARDS:
We should have it in the back of mind that safety signs do more than just give warnings on potential hazards but are also effective in highlight the most effective and productive way to work. For example, why manually carry large amounts of heavy loads when you can use the forklift which is easy effective and time conserving.
Secondly, there might be cases where the provision for training new entry workers on a particular job might not be readily available, these safety signs stand as reference points they can consult whenever they need to work.
PROTECTS EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC
Occupational safety hazards sometimes pose as a risk to the public just as much as they do to the workers At public locations such as construction sites are easy for passersby to be exposed to very significant dangers and unlike staff members, they will have had no training on any of these risks, and will likely be unaware of what to do if something goes wrong.
Safety signs can help curb this problem significantly, providing a method of flagging up potential hazards such as loud noises, dangerous machinery, falling objects or slippery surfaces to members of the public. They can also be used to warn civilians to avoid certain areas, or to provide them with contact details or essential information if they notice any signs of danger.
SAFETY SIGNS BENEFITS EVERYONE
Safety signs are one of the most visible and essential contributors to strong workplace health and safety cultures, which have been shown time and again to deliver practical, measurable benefits to every company, from top to bottom. Studies found that safety signs which inform you of danger can reduce accident rates in the workplace by up to 80%
All businesses understand that safety signs represent an integral part of their health and safety policies, but it is arguable that not every organization proactively considers the reasons why they have come to be regarded as so vital. We all understand that safety signs stand as a non-present but present figure symbolizing awareness to apparent danger or a correctional sign or a guide for better efficiency and it will always remain important in our everyday life.