Think of these as your nine commandments. The most complex safety topics boil down to these simple safety rules.
Always wear your seatbelt when in a vehicle or heavy equipment. Seatbelts are critical to preventing serious injuries and death while driving or operating. Motor vehicle crashes are still the number one cause of fatalities on the job in the United States. Always inspect equipment and tools. Take the necessary time to inspect the tools and equipment you are using for work tasks. Properly repair broken tools or replace them. Make sure equipment is in good working order and all safety devices such as kill switches or equipment guards are in place and properly functioning. Always use fall protection when working at heights. OSHA reports that excluding highway motor collisions, falls are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities. Ladder training and communicating proper use of ladders is crucial. Guardrails or utilizing a full body harness with a self-retracting lanyard are two common safeguards to prevent fall hazards. Stay of out the blind spots of heavy equipment. Struck-by incidents, caught-in between incidents, and run over incidents occur when heavy equipment is operating near ground personnel. Wear high-visibility vests and hard hats. Always keep your distance, communicate, and use eye contact to ensure an operator sees you when around their equipment. Never put yourself in the line of fire. Just like being in the blind spot of heavy equipment, there are many other ways you can find yourself in harm’s way at a construction site. Being underneath lifted loads, next to a pipe being cut that has stored energy or working underneath equipment that is not properly cribbed up are three other examples of being in the line of fire. Utilize proper housekeeping measures to keep work areas clean. Housekeeping is critical in preventing injuries and property loss. Injuries such as slips, trips, falls, lacerations, sprains, strains, etc. can be reduced from keeping work areas organized and clean. Property damage and loss like tools or materials being crushed due to improper storage is another common result of poor housekeeping. Make sure chemicals are properly labeled and stored. Many citations are issued regarding the hazard communication standard every year. Improper labeling and storage can lead to injuries or illnesses such as respiratory problems or poisoning. Communicate hazards to others. Never just assume someone knows the hazards of a work task, especially if they are new on the job. Complete a new job hazard analysis (JHA) if conditions and hazards change. Stop work when needed to address hazards. Always stop work to get hazards mitigated and make it safe to continue. Whether you need to involve other personnel such as a supervisor or you need to take time to get the right tool for the job, always take the time to do so.
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What is the general safety?
General Safety General Safety is a multi-disciplinary approach to developing and ensuring safe work practices, maintaining the health and well-being of employees, and ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies. Environmental Health and Safety works to promote healthy and safe operations to protect all students, faculty, staff and visitors.
What are positive golden rules?
– The golden rule can be formulated in three main ways: Positive/directive form. The positive formulation of the golden rule states that you should treat others the same way you would want to be treated yourself.E.g. If you want people to be polite to you, then you should be polite to them.
- Negative/prohibitive form.
- The negative formulation of the golden rule states that you should not treat others in ways you would not want to be treated yourself.E.g.
- If you don’t want people to be rude to you, then you shouldn’t be rude to them.
- Empathic/responsive form.
- The empathic formulation of the golden rule states that when you wish something upon others, you also wish it upon yourself.E.g.
If you wish positive things to someone else, then you also wish positive things to yourself. A criticism of the golden rule, and particularly when it comes to its implementation in practice, is the fact that the golden rule suggests that others would like to be treated the same way you would like to be treated, which is not necessarily true. One way to accomplish this is to wait before taking action which involves someone else and ask yourself “is this how this person would like to be treated?”. If the answer to that question is “yes”, then proceed. Otherwise, modify your plan of action accordingly, before moving forward.
- When reflecting on how you should act and treat others you will probably find yourself thinking about certain values or virtues.
- What virtues would you choose as important to you? Examples could include justness, loyalty, good sportsmanship, fairness, honesty, kindness, consideration, compassion, self-control, tolerance, forgiveness, benevolence, respect, politeness, dignity, admiration, friendliness, love, integrity By considering, and applying, virtues such as these you can influence the conduct of others around you.
You could pick one virtue and really focus on it for a day. You could have a New Year resolution to identify, consider and apply a new virtue each day. You should never underestimate the effect of your actions, no matter how small, on others. The pebble, dropped in a pool, can make ripples to the furthest shore. “If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.” – Lyndon Johnson : Head’s Blog: The Golden Rule
What are golden rules of life?
Finally the three GOLDEN RULES of life. – -Who is Helping You, Don’t Forget them. -Who is Loving you, Don’t Hate them, -Who is Believing you, Don’t Cheat them. So, Stop, think, contemplate If you would only give up hatred,gather forgiveness all around you, learn to love unquestionably, unconditionally, and believe in your inner self. You will make your life beautiful.