June 2019 is officially National Safety Month. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. At thyssenkrupp Copper and Brass Sales, safety is a key focus every day. Every week this month we will be talking about a way to keep safe at work and at home.
This week’s tip focuses on looking out for hazards. Once you train yourself to spot hazards, you’ll notice them all around you. They may not always be obvious or immediate concerns, but they can still pose a risk to you and your coworkers. The sooner they’re fixed, the better.
• Spotting hazards is all about anticipation. Start to ask yourself, ‘If I take this action, what might happen?’
• This applies to everything from working with dangerous chemicals and manufacturing machines to simply walking through your worksite.
• Picture yourself walking around a corner with your hands full. When you ask, ‘What might happen?’ you can anticipate risks like someone else turning the corner at the same time. Then you can take simple steps – like taking a wider turn – and completely avoid the risk.
• Plenty of hazards will be much more serious, but this same way of thinking can help you spot and avoid them. Just be willing to speak up when you see them to keep your coworkers safe.
Thank you for these tips from the National Safety Council. Please visit them at https://www.nsc.org/home for more information on how you can help and how to promote and participate in National Safety Month 2019.