Don’t get caught without personal protective equipment.
OK, so you’re starting your work shift. Let’s say you’re required to wear personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, a hard hat, and safety shoes on the job. Do you say, “Who needs all that stuff? I’ll be careful.” If so, you could end up with one eye, a hole in your head, and missing a few toes.
Why chance it? Engineers and safety experts design personal protective equipment (PPE) just to protect you. Our safety personnel specially assign you to wear it to protect your safety. Why would you choose not to use it any more than an astronaut, the firefighter, or the hockey goalie would decide not to use their PPE? It doesn’t make sense, does it?
- Always use assigned PPE.
- Make sure it fits properly.
- Inspect it first to make sure it’s in good condition.
- Replace it once damaged or worn out.
- Check with your supervisor before starting a job if you’re not sure if PPE is required or which kind to use to protect against the specific hazards you face.
- Keep your PPE clean and store it where it won’t get damaged.
Danger! Oversized Load: Take these easy precautions and prevent injuries
Make the safe choice when transporting a big, bulky load:
- Size up the load. Before you try to lift it, make sure it’s not too heavy. Straining to lift a load that’s too heavy is asking for a back injury. Also, make sure that you can get a good grasp on the load. If it’s too bulky or an awkward shape, you’re likely to drop it before you reach your destination. And make sure you’ll be able to see clearly over the load as you carry it.
- Get help, if necessary. When a load is too heavy or bulky to carry alone, ask for help. Straining to handle an unmanageable load can cause back strain or other injuries. Be sure to plan out your moves so that you lift and unload at the same time.
- Divide the load, if possible. If you can’t get help, try to divide the load into smaller, more manageable parts. Then make several trips.
- Use a handcart. If it’s not possible to divide the load, use a hand cart to help you move it. Place heavy objects on the bottom, with load over axles. Stack lighter objects on top, but don’t block your view. With the help of this kind of equipment, you can move large, bulky loads safely and efficiently.
Do you want to learn other ways to stay safe at work? Read more here.