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Title: Workplace Safety


1
Workplace Safety
  • For Employees

2
Session Objectives
  • You will be able to
  • Understand why safety is such an important
    workplace issue
  • Identify the requirements of OSHA and the law
  • Know what our safety policy requires
  • Take an active role in promoting workplace safety
    and health

3
Session Outline
  • Importance of workplace safety
  • Facts about OSHA and its mission
  • Legal and policy requirements
  • How you can contribute to workplace safety and
    health
  • Key safety concerns and precautions to prevent
    accidents and injuries

4
Why Safety Is Such an Important Issue
  • Over 6 million American workers are injured every
    year
  • Injuries and illnesses cost American businesses
    over 100 billion a year

5
Why Safety Is Such an Important Issue (cont.)
  • We are required by law to provide a safe
    workplace
  • Safety promotes productivity and morale

6
Facts About OSHA
  • OSHA is an agency of the federal government
  • It is responsible for promoting workplace safety
    nationwide
  • OSHA was created by the Occupational Safety and
    Health Act of 1970
  • It has the authority to oversee compliance with
    safety and health laws

7
What OSHA Does
  • Develops and enforces safety standards
  • Encourages employers and employees to reduce
    workplace hazards
  • Conducts research in occupational safety
  • Establishes the rights and responsibilities of
    employers and employees
  • Approves state occupational safety and health
    programs

8
OSHA Standards
  • OSHA regulates most aspects of workplace safety
    and health
  • Compliance is mandatory
  • OSHA will help us comply with the regulations
  • The state also regulates workplace safety

9
Our Safety Policy
  • Purpose
  • Understanding
  • Enforcement

10
Requirements of the Law and Our Policy
  • Questions?

11
Safety Attitude
  • Think safety
  • Look for hazards
  • Fix or report hazards

12
Good Housekeeping
  • Keep items in their proper place
  • Clean or report spills
  • Clear clutter
  • Keep items off stairways and out of aisles
  • Report safety problems
  • Use common sense

13
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Use the right equipment for the job
  • Inspect PPE before every use
  • Make sure PPE fits
  • Follow manufacturers instructions
  • Clean and store properly

14
Electrical Safety
  • Use extension cords properly
  • Dont run them across stairs or aisles
  • Dont fasten them with nails or staples
  • Dont overload outlets
  • Dont use plugs with bent or missing prongs
  • Obey locks, tags, barricades, and electrical
    warning signs

15
Back Safety
  • Reach properly
  • Lift properly
  • Object from floor
  • Object from overhead
  • Oversized or heavy object
  • Long or awkward objects
  • Use material handling equipment
  • Do stretching exercises

16
Ergonomics
  • Arrange your workstation
  • Sit properly
  • Avoid repetitive motions when possible
  • Take breaks
  • Keep wrists straight
  • Use proper equipment

17
Ergonomics (cont.)
  • Know symptoms of MSDs
  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Get medical attention for MSD symptoms

18
Hazard Communication
  • Read chemical labels
  • Read MSDSs
  • Use proper PPE
  • Follow safety procedures
  • Seek immediate medical attention if exposed

19
Machine Safety
  • Obey tags
  • Make sure guards are in place
  • Report problems
  • Wear correct PPE
  • Focus on work

20
Office Safety
  • Keep drawers closed
  • Sit upright in chairs
  • Dont horse around with furniture or supplies
  • Keep flammables away from hot office equipment

21
Basic Safety Issues
  • Questions?

22
Emergency Situations
  • Know location of fire alarms and extinguishers
  • Know what alarms sound like
  • Know how to use extinguishers
  • Know at least two evacuation routes
  • Know meeting place outside building

23
First Aid
  • Call for professional medical help
  • Bring help to victim
  • Check victims ABCs
  • Check victims vitals
  • Interview victim
  • Use appropriate first-aid measures

24
Infectious Diseases and Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Wash hands often
  • Use precautions when giving first aid
  • Treat all blood as contaminated
  • Use PPE
  • Clean up thoroughly
  • Get medical attention if youre exposed

25
Security
  • Follow company procedures
  • Keep doors locked
  • Dont loan keys or access cards
  • Report unknown people
  • Report security gaps

26
Workplace Violence
  • Take threats seriously
  • Recognize signs of potential violence in
    co-workers
  • Report signs
  • Arrange a danger signal with co-workers
  • Remain calm with emotional people
  • Alert proper authorities

27
Terrorism
  • Protect your computer
  • Handle mail with caution
  • Cooperate with precautions
  • Follow procedures during an incident
  • Shelter in place

28
Key Points to Remember
  • Workplace safety is a top priority
  • Compliance with OSHA regulations is a legal
    requirement
  • Company policies and rules must be followed
  • You play a key role in promoting workplace safety
    and health, and we need you to be actively
    involved in all our safety programs
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