The 129th RQW Safety Files: Rules for Good Safety Habits
By Master Sgt. Vincent Brouillard, 129th Rescue Wing Safety Manger
/ Published October 13, 2010
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. --
In most everything we do, we find a "trick" to make the process easier and faster. After we develop these tricks, they become work habits in our everyday activities. Developing everyday safety habits can keep you injury free through the year. Here are nine safety habits to live by:
Set Your Own Standards
Don't be influenced by others around you who are negative. If you fail to wear safety glasses because others don't, remember the blindness you may suffer will be yours alone to live with the rest of your life.
Operate Equipment Only if Qualified
Your supervisor may not realize you have never done the job before. You have the responsibility to let your supervisor know, so the necessary training can be provided.
If you put something in a machine's way, it will crush it, pinch it or cut it. Make sure all guards are in place. Never hurry beyond your ability to think and act safely. Remember to de-energize the power first before placing your hands in a point of operation.
Use Your Own Initiative for Safety Protection
You are in the best position to see problems when they arise. Ask for the personal protective equipment or additional guidance you need.
If you are uncertain, ask. Do not accept answers that contain, "I think, I assume, I guess." Be sure.
Use Care and Caution When Lifting
Most muscle and spinal injuries are from overstraining. Know your limits. Do not attempt to exceed them. The few minutes it takes to get help will prevent weeks of being off work and in pain.
Practice Good Housekeeping
Disorganized work areas are the breeding grounds for accidents. You may not be the only victim. Don't be a cause.
Practice Good Personal Cleanliness
Avoid touching eyes, face, and mouth with gloves or hands that are dirty. Wash well and use barrier creams when necessary. Most industrial rashes are the result of poor hygiene practices.
Be a Positive Part of the Safety Team
Willingly accept and follow safety rules. Encourage others to do so. Your attitude can play a major role in the prevention of accidents and injuries.
If you have comments and/or suggestions you would like to make about the 129 RQW Safety Files please contact Master Sgt. Vincent Brouillard at firstname.lastname@example.org.