Being Safety Aware
Being Safety Aware
There is a difference between being aware of Safety in a vague, general way and being ‘Safety ‘Aware’. The latter implies a continuous, alert attitude to the safety aspects of every job undertaken.
An excellent Health & Safety attitude places duties on ALL persons at work. That includes you, your boss or your foreman, indeed everyone at work. The only way the accident figures will reduce is by everyone doing their bit about safety.
Your legal responsibility is to take reasonable care of your own health and safety and to safeguard the health and safety of those you work with and members of the public. (This includes children, who must be kept off all sites).
You must co-operate with your boss in anything he does in the interests of health welfare and safety, and not interfere with anything provided in the interests of health welfare and safety. This includes the wearing of any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided and the use of any safety equipment as provided and as instructed. If unsure about its use ASK!
Every employer of more than 5 people must have a written Safety Policy and draw your attention to it. Make sure you read it, and note the arrangements that affect you, in particular:
• Play your part in keeping the site TIDY AND SAFE.
• Look out for warning notices and OBEY instructions given by them.
• STAY ALERT when working near to moving plant and equipment.
• DO NOT OPERATE machines unless you have been trained and authorised.
• NEVER RIDE on machines or hoists, which are not designed for passengers.
• DO NOT INTERFERE with ladders, alter scaffolding or move boards.
• NEVER THROW anything from scaffolding or from any height. Lower properly.
• DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS. Use the access provided.
• REPORT any DEFECTS or DAMAGE to ladders, scaffolding, plant, tools – at once.
• REPORT any UNSAFE situations or practices you come across.
• REPORT all ACCIDENTS involving injury, however slight, to your Foreman.
• RECORD details of any accident in the Accident Book.
• If in DOUBT about the safety of any work activity - ASK your Manager.
For more information visit www.hse.gov.uk