ABR Employee General Safety Tips And Rules

June 4th, 2014

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This blog is part two of a four part series in recognition of National Safety Month.

What can you do as an employee to stay safe on the job? Your safety is of the utmost importance to ABR.

ABR has developed these safety rules designed after the federal OSHA requirements:

  • Report all accidents, injuries, property damage, or first aid cases to ABR and your on-site supervisor immediately.
  • Report any observed unsafe conditions to ABR and your on-site supervisor.
  • Horseplay is prohibited at all times.
  • The drinking of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the job. Any employee discovered under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be subject to termination.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn on the job at all times.
  • Do not wear jewelry or loose clothing that may get caught in a machine.
  • All employees with hair longer than shoulder length must tie it back or use a hair net to keep it secure while at work.
  • You may be assigned certain personal protective equipment. This equipment should be available for use on the job, be maintained in good condition and worn when required.
  • Contact your supervisor for instruction and proper training prior to starting a new task.
  • Never remove or bypass safety devices.
  • Do not approach operating machinery from the blind side; let the operator see you. When walking behind someone always state, “Behind you.”
  • Learn where fire extinguishers, eyewash stations and first aid kits are located.
  • Be alert to hazards that could affect you and your fellow employees.
  • Jumping from elevated surfaces is prohibited-including, but not limited to- docks, while descending ladders, off of equipment or platforms, etc.
  • If machines or tools are not properly guarded, report the condition to a manager immediately.
  • Your full attention is required to work safely. Therefore, food and beverage may only be consumed in designated areas.
  • Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas only.
  • Always follow safe lifting practices.

Safe Lifting Techniques

Safe lifting means keeping your back aligned while you lift, maintaining your center of balance and letting the strong muscles in your legs do the actual lifting. By using the following techniques you can learn how to lift safely and save your back from accidental strain and injury:

  • Bend your knees: Bend your knees, not your waist. This helps you keep your center of balance and lets the strong muscles in your legs do the actual lifting.
  • “Hug” the load: Try to hold the object as close to your body as possible, as you gradually straighten your legs to a standing position.
  • Avoid twisting: Twisting an overload your spine and lead to serious injury. Make sure your feet, knees and torso are pointed in the same direction when you are lifting.
  • The safe way to lift: Before you lift anything, think about it. Ask yourself: “Can I lift it alone?” “Do I need mechanical help?” “Is it too awkward for one person to handle?” “Should I ask a co-worker for help?” If the load is manageable, follow the steps to lift safely.

If you have additional questions or concern about workplace safety, please contact your ABR Representative or workplace supervisor. Be sure to check back the week of June 23 for a blog on heat safety.

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