What are Safety Rules?
Safety rules are a list of dos and donts used to address behaviors and work practices which cause accidents and injuries at the workplace. They are used as part of the risk management strategies to ensure a safe and secured workplace. These are different from Golden Safety Rules which are the cardinal rules on an organization’s safety management system such as permit to work, lifting operations, energy isolation, confined space entry, management of change, driving safety, excavation safety, work at height among many others.
All employees are expected to comply with both safety rules and golden safety rules in order to stay safe.
Here are a number of safety rules for various work settings to use at your workplace.
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Site Safety Rules
You are authorized to stop the job until job is made safe for you
You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others
Always inspect your equipment before use
Use the right equipment or tool properly for the right job
Make sure you are the authorized person to operate any equipment
Lift properly using your legs and not your back
Keep your work area clean always during and after work
Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment
Report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor
Clean up spills immediately when you see
Report all injuries and nearmisses
No alcohol or drugs to be used or allowed on company premises
Always know your limit, take 15 min rest break for any repetitive task
Kitchen Safety Rules
Always wash your hands before and after handling food
Tie back long hair
Wear an apron and roll up your sleeves
Keep food preparation surfaces clean
Wash fruit and vegetables under cold water before use
Handle knives and other sharp equipment with care
When handling knife, always cut away from yourself or downwards on a chopping board to avoid cutting yourself
Turn handles of source pans away from the front of the stove when cooking
Use oven mitts when taking hot dishes from the oven or microwave
Do not run around the room where food is being prepared
Wipe up food spill immediately
Store food appropriately in sealed containers
Always keep raw meat away from cooked meat at the bottom of the fridge
Wash kitchen and eating utensils after use in hot soapy water.
Electrical Safety Rules
Do not overload a single outlet.
Do not plug multiple electrical cords into a single outlet.
Turn of the power electrical appliances when not in use
Keep all electrical appliances away from water
Only use a competent electrician for any electrical work
Do not use frayed, cut or cracked electrical cords.
Do not use extension or power cords that have the ground prong removed or broken off.
Use a cord cover or tape the cord down when running electrical cords across aisles, between desks or across entrances or exits.
Turn the power switch to “off” and unplug appliances before adjusting, lubricating or cleaning them.
Office Safety Rules
Use the step ladder to retrieve or store items located above your head.
Do not jump from step ladders
Do not tilt your chair; Keep all chair legs on the floor.
Keep doors in hallways fully open or fully closed.
Keep aisles and stairs clear of any obstructions
Use the handle when closing doors.
Open only one file cabinet drawer at a time.
Put heavy files in the bottom drawers of file cabinets.
Use the handle when closing drawers and files.
Use the handrails when ascending or descending stairs
Do not run on stairs or take more than one step at a time.
Driving Safety Rules
All occupants of any vehicle must use seatbelts at all times
Drivers must be appropriately trained, licensed and fit to operate a vehicle
Drivers of vehicles must adhere to local traffic laws and regulations
Do not use your phone while driving and do not exceed speed limits
No alcohol or drugs use while working or driving
Drivers must be medically assessed with a minimum follow-up every five years
Drivers shall be rested and alert when driving a company vehicle
Managers must assess the need to travel by road and plan the journey taking into account road hazards and risks
Drivers must follow the journey management plan and get permission for any need to deviate from the plan
Ensure pedestrians are ‘out of danger’ when reversing a vehicle and while moving a vehicle in any working area
Laboratory Safety Rules
Dress appropriately, tie back long hair and wear suitable gloves, goggles and other PPE
Do not eat in the lab and never taste chemicals
Identify hazardous substances before beginning any laboratory work
Know the location of emergency number and safety equipment
Do not perform lab experiment without supervision and authorization
Be attentive while in the lab. Do not leave experiment in progress unattended
Be careful when handling hot glassware
Keep a clean workplace free from slip, trip and fall hazards
Properly dispose off anything that breaks
Report anything that breaks, spills and injuries immediately
After completing labs, carefully clean workplace, equipment and wash your hands