June is National Safety Month lead by nonprofit, public service organization the National Safety Council. This group is dedicated to promoting health and safety throughout the US. This year, the NSC is offering a comprehensive collection of resources to help reduce leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, in our homes and throughout our communities. Read our Top 5 Tips for workplace safety or follow the links below to view some of the great resources from the NSC!
1. Get Some Rest
Driving while fatigued is equivalent to driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, driving on only 4 to 5 hours of sleep means you are four times more likely to crash.
2. A Step Up
Ladders are notorious for workplace injuries. When using a ladder, always keep 2 hands and 1 foot, or 2 feet and 1 hand on the ladder. Check that stepladders are locked in place before use. Only place and lean ladders solid and secure surfaces. Always wear slip-resistant shoes and never stand higher than the third rung from the top. Do not attempt to lean or reach while on a ladder and make sure to have someone supporting the bottom while in use.
3. Stair Scares
Most people don’t think twice when they use the stairs, but they cause their of serious injuries. Use handrails when taking the stairs and if you see someone unable to use a handrail due to carrying items in both arms, offer assistance. Additionally, make sure objects like rugs or boxes are clear of stairs at all times.
4. Equipped for Equipment
Many work environments have the added hazards of heavy equipment in use. It is vital that you only operate equipment you are properly trained to use. Do not overload the machine or obstruct your vision while using heavy equipment. If you encounter large equipment while it is being operated, make eye contact with the operator before approaching.
5. Wear Where
Though sometimes uncomfortable or unflattering, it is essential to wear the proper protective equipment for your working environment. Check with your supervisor to determine what your jobsite requires, such as steel toed boots, hard hats, ANSI certified glasses, etc.
- National Safety Council website
- Slips, Trips & Falls
- Distracted Driving
- Contact with Objects
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