Think About It - Doesn't It Make Sense... - 05/09/2016
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.
Think About It - Doesn't It Make Sense...
Today more than ever we are putting more effort into employee safety training and that’s a good thing. But training is just a good start when it comes to workplace safety because there are other things we need to do to help ensure a safe workplace.
One of those is to use our common sense. That’s right - common sense.
Webster’s Dictionary has a simple definition of common sense and that is “the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.”
Think about it - doesn’t it make sense that the workplace would be safer for everyone if we all would behave in a reasonable way and make good decisions?
Let’s look at a few examples of how using common sense can help prevent accidents.
Not standing on “this is not a step” on a step ladder. I can’t tell you how many times I did that when I was younger and maybe you have, too. There’s a reason they mark it “this is not a step.” Many serious accidents have happened over the years because some of us didn’t use common sense and chose to disregard that message.
How about when lifting something heavy we should always lift with our legs not our back? With the amount of people who complain about back pain today it should be clear to all of us that proper lifting is a good way to protect us from potential back injuries.
Here’s another one that really does make good sense: good housekeeping in the workplace. Think about it- this one can help to prevent slips, trips and falls, and fires as well as lower worker exposure to hazardous substances.
That’s just a few examples of how using a little common sense when it comes to workplace safety could help protect you and fellow employees from hazards in the workplace. I hope you will do your part this week to help ensure everyone goes home at the end of our workday in the same condition they arrived.
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