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Five of Our Top Workplace Health and Safety Tips

May 30, 2018

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NES places safety as a top priority, not only with our internal staff but with the onboarding of our contractors. From Oil & Gas to the Mining industry, health and safety is important to anyone working in potentially hazardous environments.

We believe safety measurements go beyond just the standard proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hazard Communication Standards, safety involves being proactive and managing risks before they happen.

Read our top 5 workplace health and safety tips below, which can help prevent injuries.

1. Create an inspection committee. Forming a cross departmental safety and health committee has many benefits

  • Ensures cross-functional involvement.
  • Heightens awareness of the purpose of inspections.
  • Extends your network of health and safety advocates.
  • Adds eyes and ears to observe conditions and note problem areas
  • Adds hand and minds to make the workload more manageable.

2. Use consistent reporting tools

  • Whether it is software or hard copy format, consistently recording information will help you process data more efficiently, categorize observations and recognize patterns.

3. Ask the right questions

  • Determine what items or areas are most likely to develop unsafe or unhealthy conditions because of stress, wear, impact, vibration, heat, corrosion, chemical reaction or misuse.
  • Do not overlook areas where work does not usually occur such as parking lots, rest areas, office storage areas and locker rooms.
  • Look at all workplace elements - the environment, the equipment and the process.
    • The environment includes noise, vibration, lighting, temperature and ventilation.
    • Equipment includes materials, tools and apparatus for producing a product or a service.
    • The process involves how the worker interacts with the elements of a task.

4. Pre-identify workplace hazard types. Before your inspection, be sure to identify the workplace hazards that you will look for

  • Safety hazards such as inadequate machine guards, unsafe conditions and unsafe practices.
  • Biological hazards caused by organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
  • Chemical hazards caused by a solid, liquid, vapor, gas, dust, fume or mist.
  • Ergonomic hazards caused by anatomical, physiological, and psychological demands on the worker, such as repetitive and forceful movements, vibration, temperature extremes, and awkward postures arising from improper work methods and improperly designed workstations, tools and equipment.
  • Physical hazards caused by noise, vibration, energy, weather, heat, cold, electricity, radiation and pressure.

5. Conduct daily safety discussion starters

  • Ensure that every meeting starts with a health and safety tip.
  • Send out weekly safety discussion starters to ensure health and safety is a top of mind priority for all staff.
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