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Be a safety lookout

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Workplace hazards are all around. But the longer they’re allowed to exist, the easier it can be to overlook them.

When you’re at work, take time to stop, look and see the dangers around you. “Once you train yourself to spot hazards, you’ll notice them all around you,” the National Safety Council says. “They may not always be obvious or immediate concerns, but they can still pose a risk to you and your co-workers.”

Spotting small hazards can make a big difference. Here are some ways you can help keep your workplace safe:

  1. Avoid distracted walking.
  2. Use extra caution in high-traffic areas, around corners and near doorways.
  3. Store heavy objects close to the floor and away from walkways.
  4. Check workstations for exposed cords.
  5. Stack materials in a way that they won’t fall.
  6. Ensure cups and glasses have lids to prevent spills.
  7. Close open file cabinet drawers.
  8. Replace burnt-out lighting.

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