It’s everyone’s responsibility to detect workplace hazards and prevent accidents. As such, a stop-work authority (SWA) program is intended to encourage employees like you to keep an eye out for potential occupational safety hazards. Under an SWA program, you and your co-workers have an obligation to stop working upon recognizing a perceived unsafe behavior or condition in the workplace. From there, all employees must halt work processes until the problem has been corrected. You should know from initial and ongoing training how to recognize unsafe work behaviors and conditions, including the following:
It’s important to understand that there will be no punishment for reporting unsafe work conditions. Anyone has the ability to question the safety of another person’s actions in the workplace, regardless of seniority or discipline. For more information on SWA protocols, consult your supervisor.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial when it comes to preventing injuries and ensuring your health and safety on the job site. One often overlooked type of PPE is safety footwear, which is designed to protect your feet from common job site hazards. Depending on the job activity and equipment you use, the following exposures could lead to serious foot injuries:
While you may think that an average pair of boots is all you need to avoid foot injuries on the job, there are a number of different hazards that a regular work boot may not protect against. Several factors determine what type of footwear is appropriate for you, including the potential hazards you’re exposed to, the machinery you use and the requirements of your position. What’s more, there are different types of safety boots, each designed to mitigate specific workplace hazards. Here are the most common kinds of protective footwear:
Regardless of the type of safety boots you use, it’s important to ensure they fit properly and are well maintained. Safety boots should be inspected before each use for signs of wear. If a boot is cracked or shows other signs of damage, replace it immediately. For any questions regarding safety boots, speak with your supervisor.
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