Home & Workplace Safety

Health & Safety Week 2022

We often take for granted that our homes and workplaces are safe but maintaining a safe environment for yourself, colleagues and family and friends takes a bit of work and conscious effort in each of our parts. 

When we bring a new baby home for the first time, or buy a new home or similarly start a new job, health and safety are top of mind, but familiarity and "life" makes us get comfortable in our surroundings and often we let general safety practices slide. That doesn't mean every day you need to be a safety deputy but getting in a routine of being safety conscious can go a long way to keeping everyone safe.

Day Four is all about health and safety in the environments we spend most of our time - home and workplace. 

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Safety is important to all of us.

Life is invaluable. Which is why as humans, we do everything to protect it and keep our lives safe against any untoward incidents or accidents that may lead to minor injuries, life altering injuries or even death. So, the importance of safety in all aspects of our lives is quite obvious.

To avoid accidents. Most of the time accidents can be prevented with a few proactive steps. Whether it’s inside the house or in the workplace, exercising safety precautions is everyone's responsibility.

To live a long life. Ultimately that's what we all want, so we protect ourselves and others by taking care of our surroundings and making smart choices. 

Life unpredictable and accidents can happen, no matter how hard you try to protect yourself but you can lower the odds significantly by being proactive and aware of your surroundings. Here are some helpful safety tips for home and at your workplace.

Home Safety

Your home is dynamic - things are always happening; it's your hub, hearth and heart. Keeping your home safe has many different variables. This is not an exhaustive list of things you should do but it's a start. And as with every other Health & Safety topic we have covered this week it's about consistency and building habits - a marathon not a sprint. Source: https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/home-safety-checklist​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Fire Prevention:

Fire Extinguishers

  • Place extinguishers strategically.
  • Replace extinguishers when necessary.

​​​​Escape Plans

  • Create an escape plan with two exit routes in case of fire.
  • Practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family. For details, see the Ontario's Association of Fire Chiefs.
  • Choose a meeting place.
  • If you live in a two-story house, buy a rescue ladder.SmokeDetector_web

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors generously.
  • Test alarms monthly.
  • Replace alarms every 10 years regardless.
  • Replace batteries annually (or sooner, if the alarm chirps).
  • Clean all detectors.
  • Demonstrate the sound of each detector.

Electrical Cords and Outlets:

  • Check for frayed wires.
  • Follow the path of cords.
  • Baby-proof.
  • Rethink extension cords.
  • Check for a faulty electrical system.
  • Don't overload the system.
  • Don't overload any one outlet.

Kitchen Safety:

  • Ensure pot and pan handles are turned inward when cooking.
  • Store sharp knives out of reach of little ones.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in close proximity to the stove/oven.
  • Sanitize your working space after cooking with raw chicken.
  • Unplug any small appliances when not in use.
  • Prevent water and electricity from contact with each other.
  • Remove food waste and garbage immediately to avoid food contamination.

Miscellaneous:

  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street.
  • Store flammable liquids away from any flame source.
  • Keep flammable objects away from the kitchen stove.
  • Plug a rechargeable flashlight into a socket by your bed.​​​​​​​​​

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Cold, Flu and Covid:

  • Sneeze into your elbow.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with public spaces.

  • Avoid touching your hands, eyes or nose when in public.

  • If you feel unwell - stay home and avoid contact with other people.

  • It's OK to wear a mask in public if you want to.

  • Vaccines are an important way to keep everyone safe. Make sure they are kept up to date.

Workplace Safety

Whether you work on a construction site, warehouse or office, workplace safety is everyone's responsibility.

To help ensure everyone at work is protected and everyone get home safely each day, everyone must play an active role in upholding our workplace safety program. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that health & safety in the workplace is very importance and deserves our attention.

A workplace safety program consists of all the processes, protocols, and guidance put in place to help mitigate risks on-site and reduce injury and illness rates. All employees must be fully invested and committed to these workplace safety tips to help create a safer work environment. When we all show a dedication to safety, different risks and hazards on-site can be quickly identified and corrective actions can be set.  

As always, if you feel a workplace safety policy/practice/situation is not safe, speak with your manager or Health & Safety representative.InjuredWorker_web

  1. Always report unsafe conditions

  2. Keep a clean workstation

  3. Wear protective equipment

  4. Take breaks

  5. Don’t skip steps

  6. Stay up to date with new procedures or protocols 

  7. Maintain proper posture

  8. Offer guidance to new and returning employees

  9. Do not leave machinery running unattended

  10. Replace broken or old PPE

  11. Focus on your work at hand

  12. Report unauthorized people in your workplace who are not accompanied by a colleague or supervisor

  13. Do not work alone in a building or office

  14. Be aware of your surroundings when waiting for public transit or walking to your car

  15. Be familiar with the location of your first-aid kit and who has completed their first-aid training.

  16. Know your fire safety escape plan, meeting place and fire marshal.

Working in an office or at home?

Having an ergonomically correct workplace will ensure proper posture and mitigate carpal tunnel syndrome, back and neck pain, headaches and eye strain.

It might be tempting to slouch on the couch or lay in bed but more than twenty minutes in this position and your going to regret it.

Download our Ergonomic tips for proper laptop use.

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