Critical Safety Rules
A labour service company, Programmed, recently reported at its annual general meeting that they had reduced their injury rate, in part by having workers follow their “13 life-saving rules”.
Many leading organisations have “Golden” or “Cardinal” rules to emphasise their most important safety risks and precautions.
Programme’s “13 life-saving rules” include:
- Always use fall prevention techniques
- Ensure contractors uphold the same safety standards
- Only work with asbestos if approved
- Understand emergency procedures
- Talk about safety and zero harm at work and home
- Check vehicles are safe and drive defensively
- Conduct a risk assessment for every job
- Only use correct tools and inspect them before use
- Isolate all sources of energy before starting work on equipment
- Maintain good housekeeping standards at all times
- Assess loads before manual lifting and use mechanical aids or assistance where possible
- Participate in toolbox talks, pre-start and safety committee meetings
- Only operate equipment trained for, and speak up if asked to do work not competent to do.