Hazard Recognition

To keep yourself and others safe, you need to recognize and correct all hazards, even those that appear to be minor.

• Be aware of anything out of the ordinary. If you notice a lightbulb is burned out or a cord is stretched over a walkway, tell your supervisor so that the hazard can be addressed and fixed.
• Hazards are not always physical. Be on the lookout for spills, unlabeled chemicals or biological hazards such as molds or blood borne pathogens.
• Workstations can cause ergonomic hazards if they are not fit to the employee. Vibration, posture and repetitive work are items to watch out for to ensure a safe work environment.

Slips, trips and falls
Walking is a large part of our workday, meaning slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries.

• Don’t be a distracted walker. Put down your phone, do not rush and only carry a manageable load that you can comfortably lift and see over.
• Wear proper footwear and clothing.
• Practice good housekeeping by cleaning up after yourself and others. Tripping over a cord or boxes that have not been put away is preventable.

Fatigue
Lack of sleep is a health and safety risk and can lead to decreased judgement.

• Avoid alcohol, caffeine and electronics at bedtime as they can affect your sleep quality.
• Create a nighttime routine and aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
• Aim for eight hours of sleep each night. Driving or working while fatigued can be similar to the effects of alcohol.

Impairment
Being impaired at work causes a lack of focus and delayed reaction times, which can lead to serious safety risks.

• Alcohol inhibits your ability to work or drive safely and impairment begins with just one drink.
• Taking prescription drugs, even though they are prescribed, can also result in impairment. Read medication labels and follow your physician’s directions.

Make safety at work your first priority by pledging to be a safe employee!