U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday July 19, 2021
Don’t Forget Those Hidden Hazards
When it comes to workplace safety protecting yourself and others from hazards is what it’s all about. But to protect yourself and others, you need to understand what those hazards are and that’s not always easy.
You may be thinking right now that I don’t know what I’m talking about, but before you judge me let’s take a closer look why I believe that is true.
Let’s say you’re working on a roof and it’s 16’ to the ground. It’s not too difficult to understand what the hazard is, right?
But what about when you’re working with a piece of equipment for the first time, in a confined space or working with a new chemical?
That’s when it just might get a little more difficult.
Let’s take a minute to look at a few work situations and some of the hazards associated with them.
Working with a forklift for the first time:
- Employees or pedestrians in the work area
- Lack of maintenance
- Unsecured loads
- Over loading
- Floor conditions
- Overhead obstructions
Working in a confined space:
- Hazardous gases
- Combustible dusts
- Becoming trapped
Working with a new chemical:
- Health hazards
- Short-term health hazards
- Long-term health hazards
- Physical Hazards
As you can see, sometimes it takes a little more than just common sense to understand what you need to do to prevent accidents in the workplace; it takes a real understanding.
In the next couple Safety E-QuickTips we’re going to show you where and how to get the information you need, so stay with us. You just may learn something.
To really protect yourself from hazards in the workplace, first you need to make sure you know all the hazards associated with the work you’re performing. Never perform any work without first knowing all the hazards. It could just save your life.
The first step to protecting employees from hazards in the workplace and preventing accidents is understanding ALL the hazards.
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Thanks for Reading and Please – Stay Healthy and Work Safe.