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Worker Safety Checklist

Consider these tips to help ensure worker safety and to avoid a claim at your facility.

Slips, Trips and Falls

  • Use no-skid surfaces on floors;
  • Use safety pads in front of workbenches; and
  • Post hazard cones or signs next to hazardous conditions.

Foot Protection

  • Use steel-toed shoes when doing jobs involving power tools, heavy loads or mowing; and
  • Wear safe, work-appropriate shoes at all times.

Repetitive Motion

  • Complete a workplace evaluation;
  • Reduce task frequency;
  • Alternate tasks;
  • Rotate workers; and
  • Take breaks.

Stress

  • Plan workload;
  • Pace your work;
  • Switch roles;
  • Encourage worker participation in decisions;
  • Encourage relaxation techniques, exercise, good nutrition and adequate sleep; and
  • Offer counseling.

Air Quality

  • Ensure all work areas are well ventilated;
  • Keep chemicals locked up in a ventilated area away from work areas;
  • Test air if ongoing concerns are presented;
  • Look for evidence of mold; and
  • If mold persists after cleaning, have it analyzed.

Lifting/Back Problems

  • Inspect all loads to be lifted for weight and size;
  • Always bend at the knees and lift with your legs;
  • Always have a firm grip;
  • Keep feet planted when lifting;
  • Don’t twist while lifting; and
  • Ask for help.

Eye Protection

  • Use approved eyewear when grinding, sanding, using power tools, mowing, conducting general maintenance and repair, applying chemicals and fertilizer, and completing auto repair.

Ear Protection

  • Use approved ear protection when doing jobs that are loud or prolonged.

Hand Tools

  • Check all hand tools to ensure they are safe and in working order;
  • Use the correct tools for the job you are performing;
  • When using knives, cut away from your body;
  • Pull wrenches instead of pushing them;
  • Use screwdrivers with non-conductive handles;
  • Use files with handles; and
  • Use torches carefully so they do not ignite wiring and other objects.

Power Tools

  • Check all power tools to ensure they are safe and in working order;
  • Place all objects in vices, sawhorses, or on a safe surface prior to cutting;
  • Use protective gear when operating all power tools; and
  • Make sure there is no standing water in the area.

Ladders

  • Use only approved ladders and stepstools to reach high places (do not use chairs, buckets, shelves, etc.);
  • Inspect to ensure ladders are not cracked, warped, or in poor condition;
  • Do not use slide ladders that are over 30′ in height;
  • The width between side rails should be no less than 11.5 inches for ladders up to 12 feet and then ¼ inch for every additional foot in length;
  • Secure top rung if using against a tree, pole, or uneven surface;
  • Always keep one hand on the ladder;
  • Always face the ladder;
  • Don’t leave ladders unattended;
  • Don’t lean too far away from the ladder;
  • Use ladders with safety feet (to adhere to the appropriate surface);
  • Keep ladders at a safe angle (1/4 of the total length of the ladder between the ladder and the object);
  • Use a rope to raise and lower materials and tools; and
  • Use a spotter.

Signs

  • Post work signs and posters in work areas promoting safety.

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