Good Morning Team,
I thought we should have another go at testing our safety acumen. Be warned some of these are very tough questions (not!) and may cause extreme anxiety in those predisposed. (Surely not!) If test taking is not your thing you are probably in serious trouble. (Seriously?) The penalty for getting any of them wrong is most likely more than anyone could possible withstand. (Please!) Now, if you’ve gotten through all that, go ahead and take this little test based on previously sent safety emails and other general safety knowledge. Are you ready? Answer these 12 questions. (No worries, I will share the answers near the end.)
1. T or F? When you are working alone and no one is observing you, you might skip pulling on a pair of gloves when picking up trash on the grounds.
2. T or F? June is known as National Safety Month.
3. T or F? When welding or brazing, a good set of sunglasses is better than nothing at all.
4. T or F? Being fatigued can lead to accident and injury.
5. T or F? If a dog owner says his barking, snarling dog won’t bite, it is okay to immediately enter the room and begin working.
6. T or F? CO stands for Carbon Monoxide.
7. T or F? Lockout/Tagout is used by contractors and doesn’t really apply to us in the maintenance field.
8. T of F? All ladders should be set up following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
9. T or F? Accidents only happen because of bad luck.
10. T or F? Driving requires our full attention.
11. T or F? The acronym STOP stands for: Study, Test, Open, Party.
12. T or F? You should report all accidents and injuries to your supervisor or HR as soon as possible.
That was easy right? I told you there was nothing to be concerned about! Let’s see how we did. Now if you answered all odd number questions false and all even numbered true, then you passed with flying colors. If you happened to miss any, or just want to continue the torture of reading this darn thing, then let’s break them down a little below.
1. False. If you are only donning PPE needed when you think that you might get “caught” you already have the wrong attitude. Having an attitude of safety is paramount in reducing the possibility of injury. All the safety procedures and practices ever developed matter very little if you yourself don’t buy into the safety culture.
2. True. It is the month selected by the National Safety Council to bring heightened awareness to safety in the workplace. However, we need to practice safety in the other 11 months as well. Safety is a day-to-day, month-to month, and year-to-year need.
3. False. While they may reduce the glare and make you look really cool while doing so, sunglasses are not designed to block the intensity of the UV rays emitted during those activities. Always retrieve and wear the correct PPE for the specific task. If you do not have what is needed to do the job safely, do not do the job.
4. True. Being tired affects us not only physically, but intellectually. If we are too tired to think straight then safety decisions will suffer.
5. False. Those of us with any type of fur baby know that every now and again they can be unpredictable. If they are barking and snarling, or hissing and spitting, then for your own safety, as well as theirs, ask the owner to put them in another room with the door securely closed. If that isn’t possible then come back when it is.
6. True. Not to be confused with CO2, the stuff that makes our sodas fizzy, CO is an odorless colorless gas that is produced during the combustion of most materials. In moderately low concentrations it can sicken us. In higher concentrations, it kills.
7. False. If you turn it off to work on it, you need to make sure it stays off while you are. There are multiple energy sources to consider when locking and tagging out, so if you are unsure about what to look for seek guidance first.
8. True. While it may seem a “no-brainer” when setting up a step or extension ladder, some specialty ladders have differing functions. Take a moment and familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual of all your tools and equipment. Never use a ladder in unintended ways.
9. False. It may seem that luck plays a significant role in most accidents, but usually it is in how someone managed to escape injury in the first place. OSHA believes that all workplace accidents are avoidable and when they do occur it is because someone failed. Failed to; receive or understand training, follow directions, wear appropriate PPE, focus on the task at hand, etc., etc.
10. True. A high percentage of automobile accidents are the direct result of a driver being distracted. Anything that takes your focus from the task of navigating the vehicle itself is a distraction.
11. False. STOP in the safety world stands for Stop, Think, Observe and Proceed. Don’t forget about our own acronym WOM either. It stands for Wear your PPE, Organize a Plan and Maintain a Safe Workplace.
12. True. It is important to report all accidents whether or not they cause injury. Reporting provides an opportunity to understand and mitigate similar situations in the future. All safety programs, processes and procedures should be reviewed and updated regularly for them to remain effective and relevant. Please let me know if you have any topics that you would like to see addressed in future emails. I will do my best to cover it or find someone that can.
Stay safe and have a great week!
Raymond D. Moore Director of Facilities Services