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First Rule of Safety: Know Your Job

First Rule of Safety: Know Your Job

Mining Safety and New Employees

Knowing how to perform a job properly includes knowing how to do it safely. To protect themselves and their co-workers, new employees have to get to know their jobs inside out.

In fact, MHSA/OHSA requires it. The General Duty Clause says that employees must” comply with the MHSA/OHSA and standards" and all MHSA/OHSA rules and regulations that apply to their "own actions and conduct."

In order to meet MHSA/OHSA’s mandate, new employees have to learn the rules and the specific requirements for doing a good, safe job. Even if they have experience doing a certain kind of job somewhere else, they may not know how to do the job your way.

Orientation begins the training process that eventually creates safe, competent workers. But orientation is only the first step. Ongoing safety training has to do the rest.

Effective, consistent training develops good safety attitudes, builds expert knowledge about the job and its hazards, and teaches the precautions that must be taken to prevent accidents and injuries.

Lots to Know, Lots to Learn

Developing safe workers is all about knowledge. And knowledge begins with learning the basics.

To know their jobs and work safely, new employees must learn essentials such as:

  • How to operate machines and equipment correctly and safely
  • How to select and use materials, including chemicals, correctly and safely
  • How to use protective devices, equipment, and controls such as machine guards, personal protective equipment (PPE), and ventilation
  • How to perform routine work area safety inspections
  • How to perform each step in a task in the proper order
  • How to report safety problems and hazards
  • What to do if something goes wrong

 Of course, your new workers must also be made aware of all the possible dangers, including:

  • Types of accidents that could occur on the job
  • Hazards present in the work area, especially hidden hazards
  • Hazardous materials in the workplace
  • Health risks
  • Consequences of inattention, fooling around, and careless acts

New employees also have to be warned to be on the lookout for potential risks, such as:

  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards
  • Electrical problems
  • Chemical leaks or spills
  • Ergonomic hazards
  • Machine and equipment malfunctions
  • Fire hazards
  • Anything that just doesn't "seem right"

[Content kindly provided by Moolmans Mining]

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