Site Safety | 9 Golden Rules

Site Safety | 9 Golden Rules

Safety in the workplace should be a habit, not just something you do whenever a safety audit is occurring. It is urged that all plants and factories do a risk assessment of their work spaces every day prior to the beginning of any work. Not only will this increase the safety of your workplace, but it will also give you a better idea where your site stands when an actual auditor comes through. Individually, workers should check the machines they are working with every morning to ensure that it is fit and safe for use for the day. Usually, most safety hazards can be minimized with good housekeeping. There is a reason the OHS motto is “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Just by simply following this motto you should be able to at least reduce the amount and threat of site safety hazards.

However, this is obviously not the only thing you should be doing to improve workplace safety. There are a number of things one should keep in mind. To help you with this, we have put together a list of the 10 golden rules you should always follow when promoting site safety.

Rule #1

NEVER carry out a task until you are trained to do so.

If the conditions in which you work change, stop what you are doing immediately and reassess the situation.

Rule #2

ALWAYS know what you need to do in the case of an emergency.

Everyone should have the appropriate information for good communication during an emergency. All offices and notice boards across the site should have emergency numbers listed, and you need to always let someone know if you are leaving the site premises, regardless of what the reason is. You want to be familiar with site emergency evacuation procedures (these should be on the back door of every door on the site). You also want to make sure, every day before you start work, that there are the proper amount of emergency response resources available along with knowing the emergency master points and emergency routes on the site. ALWAYS follow the direction of your supervisors or OHS representative in the area.

Rule #3 DO NOT enter restricted areas until you are expressly given permission. 

Before ever approaching mobile equipment, ALWAYS get express permission from the operator, remain clear of machinery that is in operation, and make sure that all dangerous areas are cornered off.

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Rule #4

ALWAYS conduct an inspection before starting work and DO NOT operate any vehicle or mobile plant that could have a faulty brake system. 

You need to remember to comply with all site speed limits and traffic regulations. All occupants in vehicles should always have their seat belts on, and make sure that NO ONE who is not authorized operates any type of vehicle. If you are a pedestrian on site, always remember to stay clear of moving machinery, vehicles, or any other mobile equipment.

Rule #5

NEVER work at a height above 1.8 meters without training or authorization. 

The only time you want to work at any type of height is when there is simply no other way to complete the task. If you do have to work at heights, then always ensure that person protective equipment is tagged and tested and is in good, safe condition. The person who is spotting should be able to instigate an emergency response at any time if a situation should arise. Also, make sure to take preventive measures to prevent falling objects that could injure or even kill workers.

Rule #6

ALWAYS make sure that all energy sources are safely isolated and energy released before starting to work on equipment. 

Everyone must identify the source of energy associated with a job before beginning it. Make sure that all sources of energy that have the capability to cause damage or harm are isolated at the source, test and check the isolation before beginning work, and ensure that all safety and guard systems have been put back once the job is done.

Rule #7

Make sure that all lifting equipment is tagged and tested, capable of lifting the load, and you have been trained and authorized to use the specified equipment. 

You only want to operate lifting equipment when the load and reach isn’t exceeding the lifting equipment’s capacities. All safety devices need to be working properly and you also want to ensure that you, along with all other workers, are NEVER situated within the drop zone or underneath a suspended load.

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Rule #8

ALWAYS make sure that someone within the company knows where you are, your travel plans, and when you are supposed to trigger an emergency response. 

Potential hazard areas and associated risks should ALWAYS be assessed before entering a work zone, remote area, or if you are working alone. NEVER conduct any work alone unless you are expressly given authorization. You also want to establish with your supervisor a daily communication plan before beginning any work remotely or alone. If your supervisor isn’t there, then go over your communication plan with the alternate.

Rule #9

ALWAYS make a conscious effort to protect the surrounding environment wherever your work is being done. 

You want to know your site’s designated areas for smoke, eating, and disposal of litter. You also need to know how to dispose of used oil, lubricants, florescent bulbs, and metal shavings.

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About The Author
Brett Gordon is a writer for Safety Partners, LTD.

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