June marks National Safety Month, an initiative designed to promote workplace safety globally. As a general labourer, there are many things you can do to minimize the risk of on-the-job accidents.
Now, let’s look at five tips to help you foster workplace safety.
1. Follow Workplace Safety Protocols
Learn workplace safety protocols and follow them every day. Stay up to date on these protocols. And request additional information from your manager if you have concerns or questions about them.
Remember, workplace safety protocols are in place for a reason: to ensure general labourers and other employees can perform everyday tasks without putting anyone in danger. Dedicate the time, energy, and resources necessary to understand these protocols, so you can contribute to a safe, productive work environment.
2. Use Appropriate Safety Gear
Wear a hard hat, high-visibility shirt, and other safety gear at work. Ensure any personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear fits properly. Furthermore, replace any PPE that looks worn-out or damaged.
Most general labourers require PPE to protect against falls and other workplace safety issues. Your employer can provide you with safety gear and teach you how to use it correctly. That way, you can wear this gear to reduce your risk of a workplace injury.
3. Watch for Workplace Hazards
Keep an eye out for dangerous chemicals, heavy-duty machinery, or other workplace hazards. If you identify any hazards, notify your manager.
Workplace hazards can crop up at any time. If left unaddressed, they can lead to workplace accidents. But, those who are persistent in their efforts to identify workplace hazards can address such issues before they result in accidents. Plus, they may be able to prevent workplace fatalities and injuries.
4. Take Breaks During the Work Day
Resist the urge to work non-stop. Instead, take regular breaks during the workday. Use each break to step away from your work activities. You can also grab a snack or beverage and recharge your body and mind.
Those who work for long hours without a break are susceptible to fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout. Thanks to regular breaks, however, you can avoid these problems. In addition, these breaks can help you feel and perform your best throughout the workday.
5. Foster a Culture of Safety
Participate in workplace safety training sessions whenever possible. Also, provide ongoing feedback to your employer regarding on-the-job safety protocols.
A culture of safety can make a world of difference in any work environment. If you contribute to a culture of safety at work, you and your employer can reap the benefits of this culture long into the future.
Make Workplace Safety a Top Priority
National Safety Month is held annually, but workplace safety should be a daily priority. If you prioritize safety, you’re well-equipped to avoid workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Finally, National Safety Month can be a great time to pursue a new general labourer role, too. Meanwhile, HCR Personnel Solutions can connect general labourers with top companies in the Greater Toronto Area or Southwestern Ontario. To learn more, please contact us today.