Don’t leave your safety to your EH&S manager to handle. Look around your workplace with “fresh eyes”. Imagine your kids are working there. Would you change anything?
Check out the top ten most frequently cited standards for OSHA in 2009.
Control of hazardous energy, Lockout/Tagout: Employees must be safeguarded from the unexpected startup or energization of equipment. Are your energy sources marked with lockout/Tagout devices and signs?
Hazard Communication: Are you trained to handle the chemicals you work with? Have they been marked with the appropriate labels? Are the material safety data sheets (MSDS’s) available for you to view?
Scaffolding: 72% of workers who are injured in scaffold accidents are due to planking issues. Do you keep a record of how often your scaffolding gets inspected?
Fall Protection: Fall protection must be provided at four feet in general industry, five feet in maritime and six feet in construction. However, regardless of the fall distance, fall protection must be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery. Training and fall protection equipment is key to keeping you safe while on-the-job.
Don’t leave the work to someone else. If you know something is definitely in need of being addressed, do what you can to make it right. Your life depends on it.