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Hazard recognition

National Safety Month 2019: Week 1

Hazard recognition: National Safety Month

Hazards are all around us. Although some are easy to see, many are not. The trick is learning to spot the hidden hazards. To do so, you need to anticipate the possible outcomes of your actions. For example, imagine walking around a corner with your hands full. Ask yourself: “What could go wrong here?”

For starters, you might run into another worker coming around the corner, or drop what you’re carrying and trip over it. To prevent these incidents, you could go around the corner with a wider berth or ask someone to help you carry your load. Practicing this type of thinking can help eliminate other – sometimes more dangerous – incidents from occurring.

Workplace hazards

According to the National Safety Council, hazards that may be lurking in your workplace include:
Lighting: Burnt-out light bulbs can make hazards hard to spot, so replace those bulbs immediately.
Air quality: If you’re exposed to fumes, chemicals or exhaust at work, make sure exhaust fans are running.
Overexertion: Are you experiencing muscle strains or stress on your body when performing job tasks? Tell your supervisor so you can work together to find a solution.

Safe at Work Pledge

The National Safety Council is asking Americans to take part in its Safe at Work Pledge. According to NSC, preventable workplace deaths have increased nearly 18% since 2009, outpacing the number of hours worked by around 6%.

Mark P. Vergnano, chairman of the NSC Board of Directors and president and CEO of The Chemours Co., made the request in an April 18 press release acknowledging Workers' Memorial Day, which took place April 28.

“Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to not only remember those who lost their lives on the job, but also recommit to protecting workers from death and injury,” Vergnano said in the release. “Drawing national attention to this issue helps focus all stakeholders on significant ways that we can improve employee safety. Let’s honor those lost by doing more to protect the workers of tomorrow.”

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