Team 2393 Safety Tips and Tricks

Eye Protection:

Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from safety dangers like dust, particles, and small parts; you can eliminate these hazards by using the proper protection like machine guards and work screens and by doing an area inspection before beginning work. Safety glasses should all be OSHA approved and marked ‘Z-87’ on the side. Remember to keep your eye-wear in good condition and to replace it if it becomes damaged.

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Focus on Safety:

Plan your tasks carefully and think only about the task at hand while performing it. Do not rush through your task. Make sure you are adequately trained and comfortable using the necessary equipment. All accidents are preventable, and you can eliminate risk by inspecting equipment before and after use.

Stay Injury Free:

Pay attention to your surroundings especially when walking. Always wear leather or cut resistant gloves at any time you might get cut. Use proper lifting techniques. Adequately evaluate your work area before beginning a task and take regular breaks while you are working. Ask for help if you must strain in any way to perform a task. Pause work when conditions change to identify new hazards and controls.

Electrical Safety:

Power off before doing any electrical work. Take care of what you touch and replace when needed. Plan ahead so you know where all of your resources are before you begin working. Make sure you have and use the right tools and materials. Replace old wires as needed. Fix fuse/breaker issues when needed before you replace the fuse/breaker. Don’t overload outlets as they can be a fire hazard. Discuss any problems with your team.

Preventing Cuts and Lacerations:

In order to prevent cuts and lacerations, plan and discuss work, ask yourself: “can I get an injury from this work”, and use the correct tools and PPE for the task (like a cut resistant glove). Common cuts and lacerations are scratches, abrasions, minor cuts requiring first aid, needle sticks, puncture wounds, deep lacerations requiring medical attention, and sutures. These cuts and lacerations commonly occur because of improper training, lack of established safety procedures, rushing, taking short cuts, wearing improper gloves, contact with metal items, or powered machinery with moving parts.

Horseplay can Cost Your Life:

Although there is nothing wrong with having fun at work, it is important to know the difference between having fun and at-risk behavior. Horseplay can place you or a team member in harm’s way. Some examples of horseplay include, running in the pit, poking people, and disregard for what others are doing.

Sprains and Strains:

Sprains and strains account for about a third of injuries in construction, back injuries being the most prevalent in regard to strains, and ankle, knee, and wrist injuries for sprains. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, and a strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. To avoid sprains and strains, use extra caution when walking on uneven surfaces, minimize heavy lifting, and wear appropriate and properly fitting footwear.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS):

SDSs need to be available in case an injury and/or spill occurs because they provide information for medical care and clean up. The SDSs in our binder are organized alphabetically except for batteries, which are kept in the front. An SDS is needed for every chemical kept in our pit (whether its for tacky glue or battery acid) and must be updated every five years.

Fire Extinguishers:

There are four types of fire extinguishers Class A (for ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics), Class B (for fired involving combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease, and oil), Class C (for fires involving electrical equipment), and Class D (for chemical fires). We have a Class ABC fire extinguisher. Remember the acronym PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) when using a fire extinguisher.