Establishing workplace safety practices is in the interest of the employer. This is why one OSHA rule states that the employer has to compensate illnesses and injuries suffered in the workplace whether these are the employers fault or not. This rule includes employee rights to get compensation mental injuries as well.
Even so, to create a safe environment, it is imperative for the worker to contribute to safe working conditions because while everyone deserves to be safe, it is the worker who will suffer when there are threats to unsafe working practices.
The following are suggestions that help:
1. Attend training or request one. Training conducted in the classroom are excellent venues to air concerns and to learn from experts. Employees could encourage better and more productive training sessions by providing clear and work related experiences and issues. For a more personal approach, request one on one training with the supervisor or with a designated authority. Getting expert help not only enhances productivity and safety, it also brings unforeseen issues out.
2. Ask for help. When a task at hand is not very clear or the instructions are vague, do not hesitate to ask questions. Countless questions that appear dumb at the moment have saved so many lives and limbs. When safety is concerned, no question is ever dumb. Again when in doubt, do not hesitate to ask.
3. Safety gears and clothing have gone through years of research and tons of resources in aid of creating a safer environment. Use these when told to.
4. A whistleblower is seldom popular but there are always employees who are simply indifferent and inconsiderate. This is true all over the world across all cultures and across all working conditions. When the actions of co-workers jeopardize safety, talk to the employer. When safety is the issue, everyone looks out for the other guy.
5. Clean as you go. Tools, equipment, materials have to be in its proper places when not in use. This is also aiding the memory. Being organized is habitual. It is also good practice that facilitates completion of tasks efficiently. Clearing up maybe janitorial job, keeping the workplace neat and safe is not always.
6. Inasmuch as you have the right to work in a safe workplace, you also have the right to refuse jobs that are unsafe or to work in areas where there is potential threat to safety.
7. Bring possible dangers in the work place to the attention of someone. There are so many variables in accidents. Potential threats should not be ignored. Electrical wires lying around, cables, carpets that are not lying flat, boxes in the hallway, busted lights, insufficient lighting, and dripping water are all potentially dangerous.
8. Know what to do and how to respond in cases of emergency. The company’s handbook on safety provides good advice.
9. Have sufficient rest. Partying the night before, working long hours, no matter how helpful always take its toll.
10. Follow safety rules, instructions and work practices. Don?t let up on these, even for one minute.