Workplace Safety

On-the-Job Training for Off-the-Job Safety

As we pointed out yesterday, fewer workers are injured or killed at work than away from work. And they do incur costs, such as finding and hiring replacement workers, production slowdowns, and morale downturns. So, it’s a good idea to emphasize off-the-job safety when providing training in activities likely to be engaged in away from work.

What to Emphasize

Here is training information for more on-and-off-the-job hazards.

Electrical safety. Emphasize the same respect for electricity as you do in on-the-job training, such as:

  • Do not overload circuits; know which rooms and appliances are on each circuit; make sure extension cords are in good condition and are not underfoot. Outdoors, avoid contact with overhead wiring and remember to "call before you dig" where there is underground wiring.
  • Disconnect appliances by grasping the plug (not pulling on the wire); never disable the grounding plug on a three-prong appliance.
  • Always remember that water and electricity do not mix! Don’t place appliances or power tools where they can fall into water; don’t use such tools while standing in water. If basement appliances are under floodwater, do not enter; have the electric company turn off power first.

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Hazardous materials. These abound in virtually every household and must be handled with care: cleaning materials, pesticides, paints, and medicines.

  • Follow directions. Read the labels on all such materials (or follow doctor’s instructions for prescription medicine); understand which products must not be combined (e.g., bleach and ammonia).
  • Use recommended protective equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses, masks, etc., to guard against injury to eyes, lungs, and skin.
  • Store materials in locations where incompatible substances will not mix and where children cannot get at them.
  • Know how to immediately contact your physician, the nearest hospital, poison center, and local ambulance service.

General safety precautions. A homeowner may indulge in various potentially injurious activities for which he or she has had no on-the-job training because they are not part of the job. One might be the use of tools in the do-it-yourselfer’s workshop. Another is yardwork, where power lawn mowers cause thousands of injuries every year, many of them severe. Again, careful reading and following the instructions for use and protection will be a major key to safety. Another is regular use of a mental checklist to ensure that unsafe conditions are promptly noticed and fixed. Both of these important good safety habits are emphasized at work, and employees can easily be urged to follow them at home as well. Another is the sensible habit of avoiding overexertion, whether on or off the job.

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