I vow to come into work ready for a safe day. I will be clear headed and ready to focus on my work with a positive attitude. I will be aware that there are risks and hazards in my workplace that I can control. I will take responsibility for my safety. I will look forward to going home at the end of the day without an injury.
I will take a moment for safety whenever I start a new task during the day. I will ask myself: Do I have the right tools? Have I checked the equipment properly before using it? Is the equipment set up to reduce any muscle strain on my body?
I will be responsible for the housekeeping in my area. I will make certain that the housekeeping in my work area allows me to do my job safely. I will not leave tools on stairs or on walking surfaces. I will maintain space for movement in the aisles.
I will take control of my safety by reporting any unsafe conditions to my supervisor. I will ask what is going to be done about the unsafe condition. If it is not corrected in a timely fashion, I will also report my concern to a member of my safety team for follow up.
I will wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment. I will wear my safety glasses with side shields in all designated areas. If a respirator, hardhat or hearing protection is required in an area or for a task, I will make certain that I wear the additional protection at all times.
I will use the right tool for the job. I will carry my tools to do the work over to the job so I am not tempted to grab the nearest object and use it. I will inspect my tools before use and not use tools in poor condition. I will clean up and put back my tools after each job so I know where to find them.
I will check my equipment for safe and proper operation before use. I will perform a walk-around and steering and brake check every time I get on a forklift. I will not use a piece of machinery that does not have the safety features in place and working.
I will lock out all equipment before I put my hands or body into an operating piece of machinery. I will carry my lock with me at all times so I can lock out equipment. If I have a question on a lock out procedure, I will ask a supervisor. I will test the equipment that I have locked out to make certain that it is off.
I will be aware of protecting my back and other muscles. I will stretch before jobs and periodically during the work day. I will look at positioning myself to avoid muscle strain and fatigue. I will determine if a piece of equipment can do the job better than putting strain on my body.
I will handle myself safely not only on the job but at home. I will wear my seat belt while driving. I will wear the same protective equipment for tasks at home that would be required at work. I will check my home and arrange to have unsafe conditions repaired.
This post was written by Peg Simons, former Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.