Light industrial workers encounter many conditions that could endanger their safety and health, from using heavy equipment and power tools to climbing ladders or working with chemicals. Each situation has its own set of precautions.
While your employer is ultimately responsible for providing a safe work environment, there are several ways you, the employee, can protect yourself and your fellow workers.
How Can You Stay Safe Working in the Light Industrial Field?
1. Know What to do in an Emergency
Your employer should have a plan for employees to follow in case of a hazardous event, such as a flood, fire, chemical leak, or other emergencies. Safety by Design notes all employees should “be aware of the emergency action plan and know where the facility’s exits are located.”
Make sure you understand – and follow – safety procedures and ask for more information about anything that is unclear.
2. Wear Your PPE
Always wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to do your job in a light industrial setting. Hardhats, goggles, gloves and steel-toed boots are among the PPE your employer might require. Making sure you’re wearing the proper safety equipment helps protect you from injury and sets a good example for your co-workers.
3. Use Tools and Machines Safely
Some of the equipment on an industrial worksite may require training or certification. Only trained and authorized personnel should operate this machinery. Proper tool and machine maintenance also help prevent injuries.
“Some light industrial jobs present greater risks than others. Be sure you recognize and know how to handle the dangerous parts of your job,” says Connectology.
4. Stay Sober
Being high or drunk on the job is dangerous for you and those around you, impairing your judgement and reflexes. If you’re unable to react quickly or reason properly, you could cause an accident that results in injuries to yourself and others.
5. Keep Worksites Free from Hazards
Stack boxes or crates safely so they don’t topple. Keep aisles clean and free from clutter. Clean up spills immediately. Make sure ladders and lifts are in good condition. Properly store combustible and flammable materials.
6. Report Unsafe Conditions
If you notice a potential hazard in your workplace, don’t keep it to yourself. Let your supervisor or human resources staff know about any unsafe work conditions you encounter.
Speak up! Your vigilance could protect you and your fellow workers from serious injury.
7. Practice Safe Lifting
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hundreds of thousands of sprains, strains, muscle tears, and back injuries occur in the workplace every year. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that “overexertion and bodily reaction” is a top cause of work-related injuries treated in an emergency room.
When lifting or moving heavy objects, use good sense and good posture. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips and lift with your legs. Use mechanical aids like forklifts and wheelbarrows to prevent potential injury and lost work time.
Do Your Part to Promote Workplace Safety
Workplace safety is the concern of both the employer and employee, and everyone should do their part to create the safest possible work environment.
“A safe workplace … creates a more comfortable and conducive environment for employees to effectively do their jobs,” notes Indeed.
Are Your Following These Safety Tips?
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