A Complete Guide to Total Safety
Working as efficiently as possible is the goal in every industry. The problem this sometimes creates is that some may rush or cut corners, which can lead to accidents and injury. Safety always has to come before anything else, in all aspects of life.
In every business, and at home too, planning and executing total safety prevents injuries to the workforce and families. Over the past two months, we’ve covered integrated safety practices for several kinds of projects, jobs, and home safety. Here, we’ll take a look at safety management by recapping some of the most important elements for each scenario.
Total Safety Overview Highlights
Here’s a look at the basics of how to protect ourselves at work and at home. Vigilance and enforcement are necessary to put these insights into action. Keeping up with current workplace best practices and following through with execution allows workplace safety to become part of your culture.
There’s no worse feeling than seeing a coworker or family member injured because they didn’t take a little time to put safety first. While some may find certain precautions frivolous, training and repetition turn these practices into habits.
Overview of Safety at Home and the Workplace
We recently went into detail about safety for various home activities and work environments. Below we’ll cover some key points from our recent safety series.
Recreation Vehicle Safety
Just like regular road vehicles, recreation vehicles are subject to many safety measures. Whether it’s a large R.V. that’s driven on public roadways or something smaller used for entertainment, such as an ATV or snowmobile, these should be maintained with greater care. Failures in these vehicles can have much greater consequences than letting brake pads go a little too long between replacements in your daily driver. Whether it’s a motorbike or a jet ski, don’t forget to have safety equipment that’s in good repair.
Learning how to perform basic home maintenance can help save a little money, but more importantly, it will keep your family safe. Approximately 12,000 accidental deaths occur from preventable situations every year. Topping the list are fires—make sure you have working smoke alarms, CO detectors, and fire extinguishers. Ensure that any child knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Old electrical devices, wiring, panels, and outlets should be updated to code by a licensed electrician. Make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly and is clean. Be vigilant about any potential leaks, because natural gas can cause fires and CO is toxic. Ensure furniture and fixtures are secured to prevent tipping, especially if you have little ones!
It’s tempting to be more relaxed at your home workshop than in a work environment, but that’s how you can lose an eye! Keep safety equipment around and in good repair. Some medications and substances can impair your coordination—avoid shop work during these times. A few bourbons can make you feel invigorated, but it’s never a great idea to mix alcohol and workshops.
Keep your things organized, as it’s never fun to catch a nail in the palm while digging through your tools. Make sure to keep your tools in good condition, too—a sprained wrist from a dull bit that catches could keep you away from your hobby for a long time.
In manufacturing and other industrial settings, safety should be a core company focus, and not just to appease OSHA inspectors! Make sure employees are appropriately trained and well cared for—fatigue can not only affect productivity, but it can also lead to serious injury. Staff should be trained to deal with chemicals properly, how to clean and mark spills, and how to handle lockout tag procedures. Supervisors should take safety concerns seriously, as this is part of assimilating total safety into your culture.
Flying has become safer than ever, thanks in part to safety management systems (SMS) specifically geared for the aviation industry. Sophisticated processes in aviation require organization and structured risk management. By systematically assessing aircraft components, maintenance procedures, and staff protocols for handling hazards, airlines can offer safer flying experiences for employees and passengers.
Both commercial and residential roofers face risk from the most prevalent cause of workplace fatalities: deaths from falls. Great roofing safety is an amalgamation of proper training, ensuring equipment is in good repair, and organization. Good mental and physical health for roofing teams is important too—tired or dehydrated workers are at risk for mishaps that could result in injury. Selecting tools with modern safety features should be a priority when purchasing equipment. For example, some nail gun triggers are less inhibited than others which can be great for pros but dangerous for less experienced workers.
Knowing electrical safety can save lives—more than 400 people are killed on average a year from electrocution in the US with countless others suffering injuries from faulty equipment or improper handling of energized devices.
Homes and businesses should be updated with panels to handle today’s normal electrical load, and outlets should be replaced with properly grounded AFCI or GFCI receptacles, depending on the purpose of the outlet. If you have young children at home, make sure to put caps in your outlets—these intriguing fixtures are magnetic for little fingers and toys!
At the workplace, always make sure any live wires are well marked to prevent injury. Equipment should be regularly inspected, meaning at least once a year and keep in mind, you shouldn’t be able to hear anything buzz or hum—if you do, the item should be assessed immediately.
Make Safety a Priority at Home and the Workplace
Whether at your home or work, safety should be the priority—no matter what your industry, best practices should be observed to keep you and others safe. Don’t cut corners; make sure everyone is on the same page for optimal results. To learn more about making your workplace safe, take a look at our features and find out how you too can create a total safety company culture or home environment.