Finding the right tool for the job might be easy, but using the correct safety equipment and working smart isn’t so intuitive. Keep these tips in mind while you’re working hard.
1. GOOD HABITS ARE WORTH MORE THAN ALL THE SAFETY GEAR IN THE WORLD.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re not looking into the barrel of a nail gun, you won’t have to worry about whether or not your safety goggles can handle the force of a nail shooting into your face. Good safety gear should be the backup measure to keep you and your teammates alive and employable. Safety videos and job training, though often considered boring and superfluous, are there to keep you out of trouble and to remind you of best practices. It’s not the 99 days you don’t leave your tool bag on the stairs that are the big deal, it’s that one day that you do that someone — maybe you — ends up injured, or dead.
2. IT ISN’T A QUESTION OF IF A SAFETY MASK WILL PROTECT YOU. IT’S HOW MUCH.
It’s never a “yes” or “no” when it comes to whether or not a dust mask will protect you. How much a mask will protect you depends on exposure time and the concentration of the substance used. First, look for the right mask based on the specific hazard. Find out if you’re working with something oil-based, non-oil based, or chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN). Because most particles aren’t oil-based, an “N”-type mask will work. If the particle is oil-based, you will need to determine if you need your respirator to be oil-Resistant (type R), or oil-Proof (type P). If you work with a higher concentration of oil-based particles, or for longer periods of time, then use a type P mask.
Choosing a mask with the right amount of protection is all about the particle size. If you’re unsure about making the right choice, ask a safety inspector who has studied the particulars about particle concentration.
3. SECURE CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENTS DEPEND ON LEADERS INSISTING UPON A CULTURE OF SAFETY.
Regardless of the size of the project, there’s always someone in charge of a job site. That person must create a culture of safety that demands everyone’s cooperation with the safety protocol. Some of the best team leaders can be sticklers about safety regulations, but it’s to keep the company away from lawsuits and everyone’s body parts intact. At the end of the day, a safe and healthy work environment should protect workers’ physical bodies, uphold a corporation’s integrity, and aid in completing the task on time to please clients.
4. POSITIVE THINKING IS GOOD, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO THINK OF WHAT CAN GO WRONG IN ORDER TO STAY SAFE.
Practicing positive thinking can be helpful for your emotional health, but in the case of construction safety, it’s vital that you consider potentially dangerous situations if something were to go wrong. Think worst case scenario. When you don’t know the extent of possible damage, it’s easier to overlook it. Ask your foreman — or anyone who has been in the business more than a few years — if they agree. Many avoidable injuries occur when people choose comfort over safety because they don’t believe taking off their hard hats for a few minutes when it’s hot will set them up for disaster.
5. SPEAK UP IF YOU SEE SOMETHING DANGEROUS.
Telling your superior when coworkers engage in risky behavior on the job will not only protect you but them as well. Remember that maintaining a healthy work environment requires everyone to follow the rules. One mistake, whether a seemingly insignificant bad habit or an occasional infraction, affects the lives of everyone on the team. Don’t keep any questionable behavior to yourself.
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