Fighting Hazards with Hardhats
You always gotta keep your eyes peeled for HAZARDS! Did you know that 70% of injuries that occur on project worksites are due to slips, falls, strains and sprains? In order to mitigate common injuries it is important to be aware of work safe procedures and conditions while you are on a worksite. Hazard and Incident Assessment is extremely important for any health and safety program.
Hazards of the worksite
It is important to conduct a hazard assessment on your worksite, in order to determine the most predominant types of injuries as well as the work functions being performed. The types of incidences that are being reported more and more to Work Safe B.C. include bear encounters, equipment malfunctions, roll overs on ATVs, workers neglecting to wear their hard hats, and/or neglecting to wear seat belts on side-by-side vehicles. As an Environmental Monitor, it may very well be part of you job function to ensure that workers are complying with work safe practices.
Once hazards and potential incidences are identified, the corrective actions are important to maintain. This can mean ensuring that a man-check system is in place if someone is working alone, that radio communications are effective in work areas, as well as ensuring that proper PPE is used.
On site a good reoccurring process to have is a tailgate safety meeting. No, this is not the same as a tailgate party. A tailgate safety meeting is a daily meeting to review and document the hazards of the job or anything in particular regarding safety that should be brought to the attention of the work crew. This form is recorded daily on most worksites to ensure that all workers are aware of the correct procedures and hazards of their job.
Another important safety document is the vehicle inspection form. This is required to be completed if there are more than 3 workers in a vehicle. This will inspection procedure and documentation will help to ensure the vehicle is up to safety standards and that all safety equipment (jack, tools, first-aid kit, etc.) are on board.
Get the whole scope of the safety standards that Environmental Monitors need to know in the Health & Safety course. This course is included in UNBC Continuing Studies’ Environmental Monitoring certificate.