Workplace Safety Resolutions

Most of us make resolutions for the new year, so why not include safety resolutions at work? Start by considering these habits: 

  1. Inspect your personal protective wear and replace any damaged or worn gear immediately. Continue to inspect before every use. Store properly to prevent damage.
  2. Take a few minutes at the end of every work day to clean and inspect your work area. 
  3. Check for worn or damaged electrical cords; replace as necessary.
  4. Take turns inspecting coworkers’ work areas for hidden hazards while they inspect yours.
  5. Review your workplace fire evacuation route and note where extinguishers are located.
  6. Read the instruction manuals before using equipment that you aren’t familiar with.
  7. Get a good night’s sleep — at least 7 to 9 hours. If you feel fatigued at work, take a break.
  8. Check your computer workstation for proper ergonomics. Get an OSHA checklist at osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/checklist_evaluation.html.
  9. Avoid lifting anything too heavy. Get a handcart or ask for help.
  10. Stand up and stretch at least every hour if your job requires sitting all day. To prevent eye strain look away from your device screens by focusing on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
  11. Know where all Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are located for chemicals or cleaning products you may use on the job. 
  12. Post these resolutions in your work area for a constant reminder.
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