Report ALL accidents and near misses!
Research has shown that, on average, for every major injury at work there are up to 200 non-injury accidents (near misses). This pattern is sometimes portrayed as an iceberg with the injuries as the visible tip of the iceberg and the near misses hidden under the surface. Each of these near misses is a potential learning opportunity that could help the company prevent more serious accidents. Staff have a very important role in reporting both accidents and near misses and the company procedures and reporting forms can be found on the intranet or you can ask your senior.
Please remember that if you are ever involved in an accident or near miss you could prevent a more serious accident to a friend, colleague or anyone else by spending the few minutes it takes to report!
Safety is everyone’s responsibility!
As an employee, you should:
- Learn to work safely and take all rules seriously.
- Recognise hazards and avoid them.
- Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to your supervisor immediately.
- Inspect tools before use to avoid injury.
- Wear all assigned Personal Protective Equipment.
On the other hand it is Managements responsibility to:
- Provide a safe and healthy workplace.
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment.
- Train employees in safe procedures and how to identify hazards.
Everyone must be aware of potential hazards on the job:
- Poor housekeeping results in slips, trips and falls.
- Electricity can cause shocks, burns or fire if not handled properly.
- Poor material handling may cause back problems or other injuries.
- Tools and equipment can cause injuries if guards or protective devices are disengaged.
Always use the protections that are provided on the job:
- Guards on machines and tools keep body parts from contacting moving equipment.
- Insulation on electrical equipment prevents burns, shock and fire.
- Lockout/ tag-out assure equipment is de-energized before it is repaired.
- Personal Protective Equipment shields your body from hazards you may face on the job.
In case of emergency:
- Understand alarms and evacuation routes.
- Know how to notify emergency response personnel.
- Implement a procedure for leaving the scene safely so emergency personnel can do their job (An effective evacuation plan).
- 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!