Employees play an essential role in
preventing accidents from happening by using common sense, being
vigilant and exercising good judgment. The following may be
Do not perform any task until you have
If you feel overwhelmed (too much
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
- 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
Know what to do during an
emergency situation, whether
it is a fire, power failure, a chemical spill or other situations.
accidents including near-miss situations to your supervisor
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
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