Safety training and ongoing communication are vital to continue to push your company’s safety program forward. Many companies have great safety training efforts in place, but these employers may put less effort into ongoing safety communication in between training sessions.
This post will discuss the importance of ongoing safety communication in a proactive safety program and provide quick shareable tips that can be used in a communication program.
Why is Ongoing Safety Communication Important?
There are many reasons why ongoing safety communication is important. First, ongoing communication is a great way to educate employees on an ongoing basis in between when formal safety training efforts occur. Ongoing communication can not only assist in preventing losses, but these programs may assist in reducing liability in the event of litigation.
Another benefit is that frequent safety communication can help to combat complacency that employees may face. We all become complacent in different areas of our lives from time to time. Employees can become complacent when it comes to working safely. Ongoing safety communication can assist in reminding employees to stay vigilant.
Having a strong training program and a consistent safety communication program is a vital part of ensuring that your company’s safety program is proactive in nature. Proactive efforts are needed to reduce the risk of injuries to occur. Sharing safety tips may seem silly, but it can be difficult to measure the impact frequent safety education and communication has on a workforce over time.
What are Safety Tips?
Safety tips are short messages to protect the health of individuals and/or to prevent property loss events. The safety messages provided below are basic safety rules and reminders that serve the purpose of keeping safety at the top of mind in the workplace. They are a simple way to communicate the importance of safety to employees.
Where Can These Tips Be Used?
These tips can be used in various areas of your safety communication program. For example, they are great short reminders to add to safety newsletters, safety posters, safety labels, email communication, etc. They can also be used to get ideas for training topics or ideas for your next toolbox talk.
It is difficult to continue to come up with new ideas to share with employees, so we hope that you find these tips to be useful.
The List of 50+ Safety Tips for Work
Browse the complete list below. There are several categories of tips available to make it easy to find specific safety information to share with your employees.
General Safety Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- If new hazards arise, stop work.
- Use tools and equipment for the use they were designed for.
- Use the right tool for the right job.
- Always report unsafe conditions.
- Involve the right personnel for the job being performed.
- Keep a tidy work area.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take breaks when needed.
- Do not attempt to work if you are not fit for duty.
- Ensure you are seen when working around moving equipment.
- Always ensure that all power sources have been de-energized and stored energy is released prior to servicing equipment.
- Do not place your hands where you cannot see them.
- Report injuries immediately.
- Inspect all tools and equipment prior to starting work.
- Inspect your work area prior to beginning work.
- Take damaged or malfunctioning equipment and tools out of service.
- Eliminate distractions prior to beginning work.
- Clean as you go.
- Always wear fall protection when working at heights.
Lifting and Manual Handling Safety Tips
- Maintain good posture while lifting and carrying objects.
- Eliminate lifting or manual handling whenever possible to prevent injuries.
- Check the weight of an object prior to lifting it.
- Lift slowly and smoothly.
- Do not twist when lifting.
- Set objects on shelves or a tabletop to avoid having to bend down to pick them up next time.
- Use the buddy system to lift heavy or awkward objects.
- Mind your posture.
- You should not have to strain in order to pick up an object.
- Do not push your physical limits on the job.
Behavioral Safety Tips
- Do not take safety shortcuts.
- Do not skip safety measures.
- Do not rush.
- Take time to follow safety rules.
- If you are unsure, stop work.
- Your safety is your responsibility.
- Take responsibility for working safely.
- Watch out for your coworker’s safety.
- Take responsibility for any errors you have made.
- Be alert.
- Be attentive.
- Never take risks when it comes to safety.
- See something wrong? Say something.
- Safety is a choice; make the right one.
Fire Safety Tips
- Do not complete hot work activities without a hot work permit.
- Check fire extinguishers prior to starting hot work activities.
- Properly store flammables.
- Properly dispose of oily rags.
- Do not smoke near flammables or combustibles.
- If a fire occurs, GET out and STAY out.
- Maintain good housekeeping to prevent fires.
- Personal protective equipment is the last resort to prevent injuries. Always use more effective safeguards to eliminate or mitigate hazards.
- PPE must be worn beyond this point.
- Discard damaged or worn-out personal protective equipment.
- Choose the right glove for the job.
It is vital to remind employees about the importance of safety on a frequent basis. Relying on annual safety training is not enough. Use these short and simple safety tips to keep safety at the top of employees’ minds in the workplace. Do not let complacency become a contributing factor for a workplace injury or property loss event to occur that did not need to happen.
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