Create a safe work environment
- Let employees know that safety is a core value.
- Understand the work your employees do and the hazards they confront.
- Ensure safe working practices for your employees.
- Verify that required safety training for each employee is current; hold employees accountable for completing required safety training on or before starting work for which the training is required or before the expiration date if periodic refreshers are required.
- If the employee is working in another division, confirm the lead or supervisor finds time for the employee to attend safety training before s/he is allowed to work.
- Acknowledge safe work practices (e.g., verbally, in an email, with a Safety Spot Award).
- In the event of an incident, injury or question, immediately contact your supervisor and the Division Safety Coordinator.
Make safety a frequent topic of discussion
- Set clear expectations for working safely.
- Reinforce the need to analyze hazards before beginning work.
- Remind employees that doing routine tasks without attention to safety can create hazards.
- Provide clear direction about staying safe when there is a change in a work process.
- Legitimize the use of the “STOP WORK” policy by anyone at any level if they have a concern about safety and risks to themselves or to others.
- Ask employees to let you know if a co-worker is unwilling to stop or slow work despite safety concerns.
- Remind your employees to report “near misses”, hazards, safety issues or accidents to you and to your immediately.
- Review the (WPC) Program for information about training, compliance and safety hazards related to the job.
- Use the slides to reinforce safety messages both in meetings and with individuals.
- Conduct “lessons learned” safety discussions with your employees:
- What occurred
- Reasons for compromised safety or unsafe working conditions
- How it should have been handled
- How to ensure safe work practices in the future
Laboratory Safety Resources
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