Show your team the importance of safety meetings by following the suggested agenda below:
DOCUMENT ON TOP AND/OR BOTTOM OF SIGN-IN SHEET:
- Project name
- Project number
- Project Superintendent conducting meeting
Distribute a sign-in sheet and require attendees sign in for attendance records.
- Scheduled Tool Box Talk
- Any safety items identified from superintendent twice a week safety audits
- Any safety items identified during and Project Safety Review’s (PSR’s) conducted since last meeting
CONSIDER A WEEKLY SAFETY RAFFLE
- Project qualifies if there have been no OSHA recordable accidents, near miss incidents, or serious safety issues documented on the PSR since last safety meeting
- Winner of raffle to receive $25.00 or other items that may be donated by suppliers and/or contractors
- Ensure winner signs receipt book
COMPLETE PROJECT SAFETY MEETING
- Collect Sign-in Sheets and store on-site as appropriate
- Scan and email one copy of the Tool Box Talk, along with the agenda, and all sign-in sheets to designated person (i.e., Safety Administrative Assistant with the subject line referencing: project name, Tool Box Talk Topic, and date performed.
Safety is more than just following your company’s guidelines or what OSHA says while you work. Safety is actually a combination of a safe attitude, behavior, and control on and off the job. Attitude means your frame of mind and the way in which you approach a given situation. Behavior means what you do about it and how you react to a situation. Control refers to making your surroundings, where and what you do, safe. Safe attitude, behavior, and control add up to a safer more productive you.
When it comes to safety, attitude isn’t exactly everything, but it’s darn close. A safe attitude means staying alert and focused on the task at hand, taking safety guidelines and practices seriously, never horsing around on the job, and not letting emotions like anger and frustration get in the way of job performance.
How you react to a situation is an important part of being safe. Following established safety guidelines and procedures, refusing to take shortcuts, using personal protective equipment, asking questions when you need more information are all safe behaviors. Safe behavior also means helping friends, coworkers, and family members understand the importance of safe practices at work, home, or play.
Control means taking responsibility for a safe place. You can help keep your surroundings safe from potential hazards by keeping them clean and orderly. Keep machines in good repair, clean up spills and debris (or report them to the appropriate person), and make sure that walkways are free from obstacles. Store chemicals properly (both at home and on the job) and never switch containers. At work, be sure to report faulty equipment ventilation, or any potential hazards to your supervisor.
ABC’S – EASY AS 1-2-3
Attitude, behavior, and control are the three most important (and perhaps the simplest) aspects of personal safety both on and off the job. Take a moment to review your safety ABC’s to see if you’re doing all you can to protect yourself, your coworkers, and your loves ones from careless, needless, injury.
Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.
"Unattended cooking is the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day home fires, and it's easy to understand why," said Red Cross preparedness expert Heidi Taylor. "People can easily become distracted and lose track of what's happening in the kitchen when they are enjoying spending time with family and friends."
To help prevent home fires this Thanksgiving, the Red Cross suggests the following tips:
- Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking
- Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking
- Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen
- Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times
- Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents
- After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished
Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents can happen. Thanksgiving is high time for
cooking related burns. Minor burns can be treated easily if you remember to save the butter for the rolls and
not a burn. For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then
loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing.
--Courtesy American Red Cross
It has to be a terrible feeling. One moment your feet are on what seems to be a solid surface, the next moment they're in mid-air as you begin a fall to a level far below.
That's how a floor opening fall typically happens. A worker in a plant or at a construction site falls through an opening to a surface below or into industrial machinery on a lower level. Chutes for moving materials, elevator shafts and mine shafts have also taken their toll in similar worker falls.
Openings in floors and roofs are often part of the work environment during construction, renovation and demolition. They must be guarded and securely covered so no one can accidentally step in. Half measures won't do it. Many have died in incidents such as these:
- A worker cleaning up after a roofing crew picks up a piece of plywood, not realizing it covers an opening, into which he falls.
- A worker passing through a renovation site steps on a too-small covering placed over a hole and not secured. The board breaks or one end tips into the hole. The worker falls down the opening.
- Skylights and other roof features not designed to bear weight also have been the route to death for workers who stepped or climbed on them.
In industrial plants, workers have fallen from catwalks over machinery or process vessels. Holes in the runway, unguarded sides and ends have allowed workers to fall. Tanks with unguarded openings large enough for a worker to fall in have also taken many lives. Unguarded access points to fixed vertical ladders have also been the scene of fatal falls.
There are safety laws requiring certain types of guards around openings including roof openings and floor openings, smoke shafts, vehicle repair pits, loading dock edges and other openings on walking and work surfaces. Prevention of falls into water or another liquid, or into a hazardous substance or object is also regulated.
By law, temporary and emergency floor and wall openings must be guarded by rails and toe boards or a cover. The floor opening cover must be capable of supporting any load placed on it. It should be secured positively so it cannot be easily removed, and it should be labeled. The cover should go over the entire opening unless guardrails are installed.
Ladder way floor openings and platforms must be guarded by railings and toe boards on all sides except the entrance. The entrance must be arranged so the person cannot walk directly into the opening without encountering a gate or an offset area.
Guards are also required for hatchways and chute openings, skylight openings, pits and trap door openings and manhole floor openings.
Besides guardrails and nets, fall prevention and fall arrest equipment might be required for you to work safely. Learn to use the fall protection equipment and avoid hazards. Don't wait for an opening; do it now.