Every job is different and so is every workplace. Some jobs are more hazardous than others, but regardless of what you do for work, there’s a lot you can do at work to ensure safety is always top of mind.

Get involved. Most workplaces, including unionized ones, have safety committees and representatives that play an active role in creating and implementing safety procedures. They also monitor working conditions and work with the employer and employees to address concerns. Let management know you want to help. They’ll likely be more than happy to accept your offer.

Speak up. Safety should be part of the conversation at work. The more openly people talk about it, the more comfortable they become expressing concerns or making suggestions for improvements. If you see something, say something. If you have a question, ask someone. Keeping quiet can be costly.

Lead by example. We’re responsible for our own actions. You know how to do your job safely. Set an example for younger or new workers. Whether it’s keeping your space free of clutter or always wearing the proper protective equipment, if you do things right others will follow your lead.

Get trained. Safety is often common sense, but being able to properly evaluate and improve working conditions also requires a working knowledge of best practices, legal regulations and more. Many companies offer courses or will cover the cost of proper training. It’s an investment that’s definitely worth taking advantage of.

Mentor others. Use your experience to teach others. What you know can improve things for you co-workers. Make sure they know you’re always willing to help. If you see someone struggling or doing something that might be dangerous, you don’t have to lecture, just start a conversation.

We all want to go home in the same good condition we showed up in, right? If we all look out for each other, that becomes a whole lot easier. We love to talk labour at Teamsters Local 987. If you’d like to know more about workplace safety or any other topic, just click the contact section on our website.

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