Safety Awareness

Awareness is safety

A safe workplace is an efficient workplace. When the proper safety protections are in place, workers feel safe doing their job, are more productive, and are more likely to take personal accountability and be engaged in work. Having a safe workplace is an ongoing process that involves a culture of safety, safety awareness, and safe practices and procedures. Safety awareness is a constant realization that every worker should have. It consists in being constantly aware of how they are working and recognizing the hazards they face. Safety awareness is essential in mitigating safety-related risks.

The safety of workers in the workplace should always be a priority. You need your workers to stay safe and perform their duties, so you have to ensure that the environment you put them in is safe enough for them to function. Ensuring worker safety means creating a safe, efficient, positive workplace where employees can focus on productivity. There are specific programs you must implement and focus on if you want to encourage an ideal safe environment for your workers.

A safe workplace is crucial, and ensuring that you have the proper safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, and things like WHMIS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. Since Courtice|Grasons founding, its diverse team of certified health and safety professionals has taken great pride in delivering prompt, cost-effective, and relevant workplace health and safety solutions.

The elements of the safety programs include the following: 

  • Communication and involvement between the employer and the employee in relation to safety and health issues in the workplace. 
  • A copy of the company’s employee safety and health policy. 
  • Encouragement of employee involvement in policy-making for health and safety issues. 
  • Participation in safety activities. 
  • Regular and timely analysis of workplace conditions in an effort to identify and eliminate potential or existing hazards. 
  • Ensuring the employees are aware of the hazard analysis for each job and process. 
  • Ensuring that workers are aware of how to operate and maintain their personal protective gear. 
  • Training workers to handle specific situations using the proper procedures. 
  • Only allowing people who are authorized and instructed to do certain jobs, to actually do them. 
  • Employees should be prepared with emergency drills. 
  • Ensuring that you focus on the employees that are learning new operations in the workplace, so that you know if they have all the necessary job  skills and hazard awareness. 
  • Training managers and supervisor to spot hazards and understand what their responsibilities are in relation to them.
  • Ergonomics
  • Noise
  • Temperature
  • Indoor air quality
  • Chemical exposure
  • Radiation
  • Biological hazards
  • Eliminating Hazards
  • Controlling Hazards
The "hierarchy of controls" that NIOSH outlines are a valuable tool in risk assessment for industrial hygiene controls. The hierarchy of controls offers guidelines for controlling a hazard, beginning with the most conservative rules that reduce hazards and working toward controls that protect against the hazard if it cannot be minimized. This step involves eliminating the hazard, if possible. For example, a workplace might stop using a chemical or eradicate the use of radiation in its operations.
This step involves replacing the hazard with a safer alternative. For example, a workplace might switch from toxic chemicals to non-toxic ones to protect its employees. Or they might upgrade an outdated piece of equipment with one offering more guards and safety features.
This step involves isolating employees from the hazard through structural changes. For example, a workplace might install a protective shield around a loud piece of machinery or radioactive equipment. Creating confined workspaces and installing robust ventilation systems are also examples of adequate engineering controls.
This step involves using administrative policies to change how employees work. For example, management staff can rotate employee assignments or adjust the techniques employees use. Administrators can also implement training procedures to give employees the tools and knowledge to protect themselves.
This step involves having workers wear PPE to protect themselves during exposure to workplace hazards. PPE like gloves, masks, face shields, coveralls, steel-toed boots, flame-resistant clothing, harnesses, and respirators can all benefit the specific work environment.