June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check back next week for the next post in this safety series.
One of the most important things we do at Braun Intertec is create a safe and healthy work environment. As an employee-owned company full of field technicians, environmental scientists, engineers and more, we encounter hazardous situations in our work every day. Whether on a job site, a drill rig, in our labs or garages, job site safety has to be a priority at Braun Intertec. Because at the end of the day, we want all of our employee-owners to return home to their family in the same condition they left in. This is why it’s important to plan ahead before heading out to a job site so that you can prepare for any scenario you may encounter.
Job Site Safety Checklist
Here are a few tips we recommend to help you prepare for your next site visit:
- Stretch. Get your muscles ready for strenuous work by stretching. When you take time to stretch before beginning daily activities, it delivers many physical benefits such as increasing range of motion in joints, reduced muscle tension, enhanced muscular coordination and more. Stretching gives your body a chance to physically warm up, but it also gives you a moment to plan and prepare as well.
- Don’t forget your PPE. Wear all required personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job at hand. The minimum PPE is a hardhat, safety glasses, reflective vest, safety-toed boots with puncture resistant soles, appropriate gloves for the task, and hearing protection as needed.
- Get informed. Be familiar with all safety policies and procedures associated with the job site. If you aren’t sure what the proper procedures are, reach out to an onsite safety representative or your supervisor.
- Understand the hazards. There are many types of hazards present on job sites. Know the kinds of hazards that are associated with your assigned work and the steps necessary to prevent injury.
- Know your job site. It’s important to remember that not all job sites are the same. Check for site-specific conditions such as power lines, bodies of water, wetlands, ditches/slopes, wildlife, difficult access roads, barbed wire, and other individuals on the property.
- Check the working surface conditions. Are they dry? Is there snow/ice, standing water, or mud?
- Check the weather. Be aware of the weather conditions. Is it sunny, overcast, rainy, or windy? Is it raining or snowing? It’s always a good idea to get a weather report the night before, or in the morning to stay updated on any major temperature changes or inclement weather. Although it may seem minor, these weather conditions can have a major impact on job site conditions.
At Braun Intertec, our safety team seeks to continually improve our processes, procedures and behaviors. The team put together a safety representative program to keep all employee-owners informed of new safety equipment, policies and practices. Plus, we provide extensive employee training and engage our employees in actively focusing on safety, every day. We foster a safety culture and make job site safety a daily habit because having healthy, safe employee-owners is what matters.