1. IMPROVING SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S CONCERN 6 1. Improving safety is everyone’s concern A safe and healthy working environment is a basic right of every worker. It also contributes to the wellbeing of the personnel and their ability to work. Everybody is responsible to inform of the risks at the working place. If the worker can eliminate any faults and defects himself, he should do it, and then inform the supervisor or the principal company’s representative. This is how you may be able to prevent the accident from happening to someone else. Safety at work can be improved by following these principles: 1.1 Planning The goal of work planning is to eliminate any risks involved in the work. There are many different concepts about planning. However, the common factor is their attempt to ensure safe working conditions. The safety aspects should always be included in all stages: from the initial planning stage, to the supervisor and the worker choosing the most suitable method and equipment for the work. Always consider what you are doing and how you are going to do it before you begin the work. 1.2 Taking care of own physical and mental load During the working day, it is important to listen to your body and take care of well-balanced physical and mental load. If working conditions create symptoms and signs of irritation, you should inform about it to your supervisor. The supervisor and the experts will examine whether the working is safe. Before and after hard work even short restorative stretching and a few deep breaths relieve stress. Adequate sleep and rest ensure recovery. 1.3 Taking care of personal vitality and concentration skills Drinking enough water and keeping up stable blood sugar level during your working day help to prevent sudden fatigue. A bottle of water and small snacks between meals are helpful. Fatigue is always an occupational safety risk. 1.4 Eliminating a danger Any recognizable dangers should be eliminated as much as possible. If you notice a danger that you could eliminate yourself in a safe way, do it (e.g. something in the way that might cause someone to trip). In any case inform your supervisor about it.
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