General Safety - The Basics
Leaders in the field of occupational accident prevention have concluded that there are
specific reasons why accidents occur. They found that worker safety is dependent on worker behavior and human
factors. They developed ten safety rules and while some of you may have heard them before, they are worth
1. Stay Alert - and stay alive. The more awake a worker is the less
likely he or she will get hurt. If you are unsure how to operate equipment or perform a task, ask your
supervisor. Don't guess! Make sure you know in advance the correct, safe way to do it.
2. Wear the Right Clothes - work clothes should fit properly. Anything that can
catch in machinery or trip you up is hazardous. Wear protective clothing and equipment as
3. Use the Right Tools - if you need a hammer, get a hammer. It may be more
convenient to use a pair of pliers, wrench or screw driver in close proximity but you will have only yourself to
blame if you break your fingers.
4. Learn How to Lift - Lifting takes more than muscle; it is an art. Don't try
to show how strong you are; you may end up in a hospital. Get help to handle anything that is too heavy or
cumbersome for you.
5. Don’t be a Prankster - practical jokes and horseplay can be dangerous around
machinery. If you feel the urge to play, resist it until after work.
6. Be Tidy - Good housekeeping reduces hazards in the workplace or
your home. Always put away tools when they are not in use. Keep the floors clean, pick up scraps and wipe up
7. Reporting is Important - Never fail to report accidents, defective equipment, and
8. Get First Aid
Immediately - if you're
hurt -- even if it is just a scratch. Neglect of the injury may lead to serious infection, weeks of lost
time, even permanent injury.
9. Back Your Safety
Program - If you have an
idea you believe will reduce accidents, tell your supervisor about it. Set an example by obeying safety
rules. Cooperate with your safety committee.
10. Never Take a Chance - Next to sheer carelessness, the short cut is probably
the biggest killer of all. To save a minute or two, you may lose a lifetime. Whatever you are doing, if you are
not doing it safely, you are not doing it right!!