Online Safety Community

Accident

An accident is any unplanned event that results in personal injury or in property damage. The cause of most accidents is the failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected.

Accident Investigation

An accident investigation determines how and why accidents occur. The investigation will lead to the cause(s) of the accident. By eliminating one or more causes, most accidents are preventable.

Accident Prevention

Information obtained from an accident investigation is used to help prevent future accidents from happening. Accident prevention is also accomplished by conducting work safety inspections, reporting unsafe conditions, providing training and performing regular "check ups" on equipment and tools.

What Can You Do to Prevent Accidents?

1. Report Any Unsafe or Potentially Hazardous Conditions to:
a. Your supervisor/boss

b. Your Environmental Health and Safety Office (Wash. U. or BJH/SLCH)

c. Or, take care of it yourself, it could be as easy as closing a file cabinet drawer so no one trips over it, keeping your work area clean, labeling hazards in the workplace etc.

2.Make Sure the Equipment, Tools or Machines You Use Are:

a. In good working order

b. Have machine guards in place

c. Are certified or maintained on a regular basis

d. Used properly and safely by yourself and others

3.Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

a. Know what type of PPE to wear, for example, you need to know the proper type of glove for the work you do and the materials you work with.

b. Know the proper way to wear your PPE for maximum protection.

c. Know how to take care of your PPE and perform regular inspections to check for holes in gloves or protective clothing, tears in respirators, chemical saturation etc. If your job requires you to wear a respirator for protection, you need to be fit tested annually to ensure proper fit and protection.

1. Ensure workers attend Annual Safety Training

a. Office Staff

b. Laboratory Staff

c. Clinical Staff

d. Facilities Management Staff (divisions)

In each training session, accident prevention topics are discussed.

1. Use Caution When Your Work Environment Changes:

Just like you know you should use more caution when you are driving in the rain, you should use more caution when your work environment changes as well. Beating deadlines, lack of sleep, being required to do something new with little or no training etc. All these factors can lead to an accident because of carelessness, lack of training/knowledge or rushing to get something done. We’ve all been there and a lot of us have had accidents because of these factors. Next time you find yourself in this situation, take the time to think about what you are doing and how you can be safe so you don’t cause an accident.

Please do all you can to prevent accidents and make this a Happy and Safe New Year!

If you need help with your Safety Initiatives contact one of our Safety Specialists.

Views: 97

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

kate smith posted a blog post

Social Media at work: Quandary for organizations

Allowing use of social media at work is a major decision for many organizations, considering that its pros and cons weigh almost equally.The social media being the double edged sword that it is; allowing its use at work is a "shall we, shall we not" sort of conundrum for most organizations. While on the one hand, their use can be a tremendous fillip…See More
10 hours ago
Adam Fleaming posted a blog post

Part 11 inspections from the FDA and ways of steering clear of inviting 483’s and Warning Letters

The ongoing Part 11 inspection and enforcement program is the mechanism by which the FDA continues to enforce implementation of Part 11. Using this method, this regulatory agency has, in just the last four years, issued more than 30 Warning Letters for deviations from Part 11. The most important reasons for which citations get issued by the FDA relate to insufficient integrity, security and availability of electronic records, as well as validation of software and computer systems.Get used to…See More
11 hours ago
Adam Fleaming posted events
15 hours ago
Profile IconJustin Ehlers and Thorpe Petersen joined Online Safety Community
yesterday

Discussion Forum

Hazard Communication 6 Replies

When training your employees on chemical hazards and MSDS sheets, etc., what do you find are the most useful tactics or tools to use? Continue

Tags: MSDS, right-to-know, training, safety, communication

Started by Christie Mendola. Last reply by kevincarter carter Nov 2, 2013.

Translating Safety Training Materials 6 Replies

If you work in an international company, do you translate your safety training materials into the native language of the trainees or customize your programs for each country?Continue

Tags: translations, training, safety

Started by Christie Mendola. Last reply by Kurt Franke Oct 12, 2012.

Focus Four Construction DVD or VHS 3 Replies

Does anyone know of a good video that covers all of the focus four topics?  I've checked with Coastal and Wumbus and so far I've found nothing.  One of my clients wants a single video to cover all…Continue

Started by Wes Daubenspeck. Last reply by John Padilla Jun 4, 2012.

Would you like to represent an International Association ISQEM as one of our Directors?

Invitation to apply for ISQEM Director This is your chance to raise you own professional profile in the HSQE industry by becoming a Director of ISQEM, and help increase our membership worldwide. If…Continue

Tags: environment, management, director, quality, membership

Started by Wayne Harris May 7, 2011.

Online OSHA Training 8 Replies

Studies have shown that people are more likely to complete and retain information learned from online training courses as compared to live training.Providing comprehensive online safety training…Continue

Tags: osha, courses, training, online, safety

Started by Safety Training International. Last reply by Stormy May 10, 2010.

Badge

Loading…

© 2016   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service