Accident Prevention in the Workplace

Accidents are defined as unplanned occurrences that result in injuries, illness, death and loss of property and/or production.  While there is no way to completely eliminate accidents, there are certain plans, preparations and actions that can be taken to reduce them.

Know the Hazards

  • Be aware of surroundings.  Look around and identify workplace hazards that could cause harm.
  • Look for ways to reduce or eliminate hazards, and implement them.
  • Report unsafe areas or practices.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Use the EHS Job Hazard Analysis tools to identify hazards associated with job types.

Create a Safe Work Area

  • Keep an orderly workplace.  Poor housekeeping can cause serious health and safety hazards. The layout of the workplace should have adequate egress routes and be free of debris. 
  • Inspect vehicles before and after use. DRIVE SAFELY.
  • Continually cultivate a safety standard.
  • Take breaks and move around regularly throughout the day. Small breaks (standing up and moving around) can make a big difference in combating the dangers of staying in a static position all day long.
  • Pay attention to workstation ergonomics.

Use Safe Lifting Techniques

  • Follow the following safe lifting practices:
    • Lift from a position of power
    • Keep the load close
    • Use a staggered stance
    • Don’t twist while lifting
  • Training in body mechanics can reduce strain injuries and keep employees safe during lifting and moving.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • The proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can dramatically reduce the risk of injury. Examples of PPE include gear such as earplugs, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, air-purifying respirators and safety shoes.

Regular Communication

  • Notify supervisors about safety hazards.
  • Speak up and be involved in safety planning.
  • Continually cultivate a safety standard.

Education and Training

  • Ensure everyone has the proper safety training relating to the hazards of the job.
  • Take advantage of Environmental Health and Safety online training programs.

It is each employee's responsibility to take an active role in maintaining safety.

Be safe today and remain a Buckeye tomorrow.