Be prepared: Know your directions to the client. Know where to enter/exit the building. Exercise caution when parking, park where there is lighting, park close to entrances, register where you have parked. Be cautious when returning to your car, if possible walk with a co-worker. Be observant!
Be oriented: Ensure that you know the physical layout of the building. Where are the exits, the safe zone, site to administer first aid? Do you know where there is equipment to summons assistance (alarms, phones, and intercom)? Check out the company communications board. Understand emergency procedures (emergency evacuation, reporting procedures, spill procedure, fire or power failure procedures). Know where first aid supplies are located (kit, eye wash stations, MSDS, shower, etc.)
Reporting to work: Know your supervisor, your Health & Safety rep. or JHS rep.
Housekeeping: Check your work station on a daily basis. Keep your work area clean and tidy. Do not leave anything lying around. Monitor your equipment constantly for unsafe conditions.
Visitors: If you are visiting client sites, follow all site rules (wear PPE, only go where authorized and escorted, if you sustain any injury report it immediately)
Drugs/Alcohol policy: Alcohol or drug use is absolutely forbidden before or during all work hours (on or off site). If a worker is suspected of use, our policy is to Play it Safe (i.e. we do not allow that employee to work or operate any machinery or equipment, we seek a 2nd opinion and we record the suspect’s behavior). Impairment presents a serious safety risk. MSI fully supports Client’s random alcohol testing in safety-sensitive positions.
Lock out/Tag out: Do not remove “danger or lock out tags” placed on machinery or equipment. Safety devices on equipment must not be removed or made inoperative. Shut down and lockout machines before cleaning, oiling, adjusting or repairing. Ensure you have been properly trained on company specific lock out/tag out procedures prior to committing to working on machinery.
PPE: Wear the proper personal protective equipment for the task. Be sure that you know when to wear protective gear, where to find it, how to use it, and how to care for it.
Safe Lifting: Use proper lifting techniques when manual material handling is required.
Following Client Protocols: Different work sites have different hazards. Watch and listen to the client protocols. They know their facility and the intrinsic hazards. Any questions or suggestions, speak up!
Be attentive: Machines/tools must be attended while they are in operation. An operator should not be distracted while his machine is running. “Rough House” or “Horse Play” is dangerous and will not be tolerated. Use equipment only for what it is designed to do.
Be observant: Learn about the company. Be ready & willing to build your skills. How can you contribute to make the environment a better place in which to work?
*** For more info on workplace safety please visit this link to the WSIB website ***
~~~ Please use common sense. Safe work practices are best for everyone. ~~~