Safety is no accident in janitorial work, or in any field really. Working safely takes intention and effort. Just as a janitor needs to work safely when performing tasks, so does an office assistant or an engineer. Although the tasks being performed are vastly different, there are safe and unsafe ways of completing them.
We focus strongly on promoting safety in the workplace. Awareness, training, and prevention are our keys to a safe work environment. Many accidents can be avoided if you take simple steps in advance and while working.
Know the Hazards
In order to work safe, you must first know what the hazards are.
Take a moment to think over your daily tasks. Do you lift, bend, or reach frequently? Do you sit in one place for long periods of time? Do you work around heavy equipment? Although these tasks are associated with many different types of jobs, they each pose unique risks.
Identifying the hazards unique to your tasks is the first step in working safe.
Once you know what the potential safety hazards are, you can take steps to avoid them. Alternate light and heavy tasks. Take a break from repetitive motion by changing to a task that requires different movements. Use proper procedures when handling equipment. Each of these things is a simple idea to avoid everyday hazards. In most cases, training, research, or sometimes just pure common sense are good ways to avoid hazards.
Focus on Good Safety Habits
The best way to avoid safety hazards is to develop good habits. Be careful not to slip into the mindset that, “Safety is just being nit-picky, I’ll be fine.” Often in work, the things that we do every day become routine. We don’t think through every movement or action because we’ve done it so many times before. Because of this, it is crucial that the routine is founded on safety. Don’t give into the temptation to take shortcuts or ignore what you know is safe just because you can. Making safety your default, or your routine, is the best way to work.
In the world of COVID, safety takes on a whole new meaning for anyone in business or in life. Many of our hazards do start to look the same regardless of the industry we are in. Are we using the necessary personal protective equipment, disinfecting work surfaces, and taking all of the other necessary steps to protect not only ourselves as individuals but also those around us?
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