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Employees play an essential role in preventing accidents from happening by using common sense, being vigilant and exercising good judgment.  The following may be helpful:

  • Do not perform any task until you have been properly trained.

  • If you feel overwhelmed (too much information, too fast), ask your supervisor to slow down and repeat the instructions.

  • Do not work in other area unless you have been authorized to do so by your supervisor.  Other areas may have special hazards you are not familiar with such as slippery floors, toxic chemicals, or infectious agents etc., that require proper training and specific protective wear.

  • If you are unsure of a process or a procedure, ask a supervisor or a qualified co-worker, this will help prevent accidents from happening.

  • Understand the hazards involved with the work you do and what type  of harm it can cause.
  • Don’t hesitate to request/ask for additional training.

  • Visually inspect your work-station, work-bench, etc to make sure there are no hazards present, such as leaks, loose wires or parts, slippery floors
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment that was assigned to you and for the task you are performing, such as safety shoes, hard hat, safety goggles, lab coat, or gloves.  Make sure you know when to wear protective equipment, where to find it, how to use it and how to care for it.

  • Know what to do during an emergency situation, whether it is a fire, power failure, a chemical spill or other situations.

  • Report all accidents including near-miss situations to your supervisor immediately.  Also report  them to your RSO (Research Safety Officer), Department Safety Officer or Rep. and to Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Personnel.

  • Don’t ignore early signs and symptoms of problems, such as headaches, aches and pains, dizziness, itchy skin or irritated eyes, nose or throat. Report the problem to your supervisor or occupational health staff, immediately. If you visit your family doctor with a complaint, tell them what type of work you do and what substances you work with.

  • Follow safety rules and all advice and instructions you have been given in the training, this includes taking your breaks, adjusting your chair properly, wearing you safety/protective equipment.

  • Review and follow the job/task-specific Standard Operating Procedure including MSDS for chemicals being used.

  • Properly and immediately dispose of hazardous materials according to the University hazardous waste disposal procedure
     
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