The Fab Five Safety Training Basics

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Every facility has unique hazards that employees must be trained on to protect their health and well-being on the job. However, the following five components should be included in most every employee safety training program.

1. Use Tools and Machines Safely: Most machines have built-in safety features, such as machine guards. Guards are positioned to prevent the operator from coming into contact with dangerous moving parts of a machine. Company policy requires that guards be kept in place. Machine maintenance and servicing call for the use of lockout/tagout procedures, which require special training and authorization. Do not attempt to lock or tag a machine unless you have been authorized to do so.

2. Be Cautious with Chemicals: This means knowing the hazards associated with the chemicals you use on the job. You should be able to read and interpret chemical labels and safety data sheets. You should know what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for your job and when and how to use it. You should also know how to store chemicals properly.

3. Watch for Electrical Hazards: Every work environment involves electricity. It is used to power tools and equipment, as well as to provide light and other conveniences. Because we all depend on electricity, we sometimes fail to realize how hazardous it can be. Electrical mishaps can result in shock, burns, fire or worse.

4. Be Careful When Handling Materials: Moving things from point A to point B is a necessary part of many jobs. Warehouse workers do it constantly. In the process, unfortunately, many are injured because they take safety shortcuts. One of the most dangerous shortcuts employees take is failing to follow safe lifting procedures. Safe lifting requires bending at the knees, keeping your back straight and letting your legs do the lifting. It also means using mechanical aids, such as carts and dollies, whenever possible, and practicing team lifts to lessen the risk of injury.

5. Be a Good Housekeeper: Good housekeeping is not just about keeping things neat and organized, it’s also about keeping the work environment safe and healthful. Everyone is responsible for knowing and following housekeeping procedures as they are laid out by management.

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