SAFE WORK PRACTICES AT WORK AND HOME

  • Know the hazards of chemicals and keep them away from where children can get to them. (See There Could Be More Hazards at Home Than at the Work Place! on the News page).
  • Learn all you can about new or unfamiliar chemicals and store them in a safe location.
  • Do not store flammables, pesticides, fertilizers, and combustibles in the garage.
  • If you have small children at home, plug protectors into electrical wall sockets.
  • Be sure to read labels and MSDS’s before handling containers and report damaged containers and missing labels.
  • Do not place household detergents or hot liquids where children can reach them.
  • If you were taught at work how to use a fire extinguisher, teach people at home how to properly use them in an effective and safe manner.
  • Be careful not to run over a child when backing up out of the garage or driveway. (See The problem of blind spots on the News Page and backover accidents).
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when handling chemicals and work activities.
  • If you notice chemical exposure, summon for help, leave area, and tell your supervisor.
  • Do not take shortcuts and attempt to circumvent operating and safety systems.
  • Inspect and clean PPE thoroughly before donning and after doffing.
  • Decontaminate clothing and other articles of PPE, including tools, and discard disposables.
  • Always wash your hands before eating or touching something that can be ingested or absorbed.
  • Lift properly - Use legs and arms to lift objects, keep load close to front of body, do not twist at the waist, use feet to change directions and get help if load is too heavy.
  • Use the proper ladders and scaffolding and position them properly.
  • Do not attempt to repair electrical equipment or deal with electricity unless qualified.
  • Use hearing protection when using loud sounding tools, lawnmowers or heavy equipment.
  • Do not attempt to dig in the ground at any location without first contacting the applicable 800 notification number for location of underground utilities.
  • Do not attempt to enter any permit-required confined space without training, supervision, testing the atmosphere, an entry permit, a Standby Observer, and a retrieval rescue system.
  • Practice good housekeeping to prevent tripping and falling situations.
  • Learn CPR & First-Aid techniques and safe use of fire extinguishers, and then teach family members what you have learned.
  • Always follow established rules set forth by your company’s Health & Safety Plan and practice what you learned from the safety training you received.
  • Always be careful driving, while on the job, near your home, and on the highway. Do not operate any heavy equipment or vehicle unless you are trained or familiar with it.

If you would like to learn more about any or all of the above Safety Tips, Check out the Safety Topics on the PSTS Courses web page and contact PSTS, Inc. to establish a date to enroll into a Course of your choice. A PSTS Student Enrollment Form must be completed and submitted in order to enroll.