You may think, before accepting a job, that safety in the workplace is the sole responsibility of your employer. In many ways, you may be right. It’s imperative that they operate under the auspices of OSHA and ensure the safety of everyone in their company. However, safety isn’t only a consideration for your employer. As an employee, you are also responsible for engaging in safe behaviors. Here are the reasons you need to take workplace safety seriously in your career.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
It’s essential at all times that you are aware of your immediate and greater surroundings. Knowing what the risks are, keeping an eye open, and understanding the process of reducing your exposure will go a long way to avoiding injury on the job. To do this, you also need to be aware of what standards safety protocol and procedure is in order to stop inaccuracies.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Sometimes, danger in the workplace comes from your very own mindset. If you’re not in a good place with your own stress levels, you may cause an error that could put yourself, and potentially other employees, in harm’s way. It’s important to manage your stress levels on the job so you can function at 100% efficiency and within safety parameters.
Use Equipment Safely
It’s also essential that you follow all the required steps when using equipment in your work environment. This is especially true in manufacturing environments but has applications in any workplace. Often accidents happen when individuals become overconfident in their ability to use particular equipment that they relax on safety.
Communicate with Management
If you see something, say something. Safety is a team effort and if you have knowledge of any issues, it needs to be brought to the attention of your management team. Talk to your supervisor whenever you witness of experience issues regarding safety. They include:
- Unsafe behaviors
- Broken equipment
- Hazards such as spills
- Concerns about procedures
Use Proper Safety Equipment
You are also responsible for using all essential safety equipment the right way every time. For example, if you’re in an environment where you need eye protection, wear eye protection at all times. If you need hearing protection, don’t skip the noise-canceling headphones. Wear back braces, steel-toed shoes, or whatever else is necessary. If you don’t do these things, you may be injured.
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