closer look at your workplace if you could find the following.
piles, trash, broken parts, and scraps at the walkways,
storerooms, kitchen and neglected corners. You can see materials
that have been stacked improperly, cables that have been left
carelessly and even tables that look like abandoned children play
pen. These are things that ordinarily should not be if common
sense is applied.
an unstable stack is a real danger to anyone who may be near if
the material suddenly falls. If you check such things like wood
pallets, storeroom boxes and cartons, construction materials and
even office files, you will observe that most materials are not
stacked properly. Sometimes you may see open drawers that have
been left unclosed, electrical cords plugged on and left unused
and kettles left boiling without attention, and you begin to
wonder if common sense is really common.
your part in all these?
all the operation of your workplace to determine if personal
protection is needed, then make it readily available. Ear
protection, eye protection, hard hats, gloves, safety shoes and
other protection clothing and equipment must be worn according to
the exposure. Tidy workstation, well-arranged worktable, trip-less
work-ways and tidy kitchen could be achieved using common sense.
that all electric tools are properly put to use. Protect yourself
from electrical shock by using tools with three-pin plugs. Never
cut-off the earth wires in a three-pin plug at home or office.
Check electrical cords and wires for any damage. Guard power tools
and moving machinery parts. Tools and equipment should never be
operated with the guards removed. Never use extension cord for
pressing iron. Never answer or make calls when phones are being
portable ladders to make sure that they are secure and do not
shake or wiggle. Non-slip feet wear is a must when climbing
ladder. If a ladder seems weak, get rid of it - do not let others
use a defective ladder. Never use aluminium ladders for electrical
works. Both hands must be free when climbing ladder, load can only
extinguishers are a must and should be mounted properly, readily
accessible, and in working order. Check them to make sure that
they are properly placed and the right type for your work area.
Fire extinguisher should be serviced by a competent person,
regularly and tagged to show when and who performed the test.
Pressurized DCP is mostly preferable and CO2 in an electrical
should be clearly marked with easy to read signs placed above the
doors. Signs with arrows should be used to guide people to the
exit if the layout of the workplace is confusing to those
unfamiliar with the facility. Do not block exits or signs with
vehicles or materials. Illuminated signs should be kept in working
order at all times. Put rails on all stairways. Use handrails when
ascending or descending stairs.
the Okada you are using is not driven by a drunk or a person who
does not understand dangers. Be sure you can control him as one on
a horse. Never allow two on a bike for any reason nor take them
for long distances especially at nights. They are necessary evils
which should be treated with caution.
Safety meeting is one of the most important parts of a good safety
programme, discussing safety with family is very essential.
Impress upon yourself that it is important to take every
precaution to keep the workplace and your home safe. Both employee
and employer attitudes towards safety provide a key to a
successful safety programme. Posters, handouts, safety signs and
training programmes can all be a part of the safety communication
– common sense. Now that you know, make safety your watch word,
take it home, share with family so they can build the culture, do
not take chances, lead by example and inculcate the habit in
THINK SAFETY ALWAYS – USE COMMON SENSE.