Have you ever heard of “dressing for the part”? It is a saying that if you want to be successful, you need to dress like the successful people do. Think about when you interviewed for the job; you cleaned up, dressed nice, and presented yourself in a way that made someone else respect and want to hire you. We know the construction life isn’t the red carpet, but there is a certain way you can present yourself that will prevent you from injury and keep the safety guy off your back.
Here are the 4 best practices to “Look Safe” on the job site.
It is a known fact that random safety inspections happen when there is clear and present danger. Job sites that are a disorganized hot mess are more likely to be subject to an inspection than a clean site with barricades, hardhats, and nice equipment.
- Keep the site organized
- Use Barricades, Orange Fence, Caution Tape, Signs, etc
- Install proper Guard Rails, Access Points, and Debris control
- Set up Scaffolding and Ladders properly
2. Personal Protective Equipment
At a minimum wear your Hard Hat and Safety Glasses. Driving past a site that is full of hard hats tells other people this company has their act together. It is the most simple and inexpensive thing on this list.
- Hard Hats, Safety Glasses, Boots
- Dust Masks, Face Shields, and Gloves
- Full Respirators, Bodysuit, Body Harness
3. First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher
These 2 pieces of hardware are extremely valuable.
- Keep them in good condition
- Know where they are
- Know how to use them
4. Safety Binder / Action Plan / Posted Information
Keep a hard copy binder of Toolbox Talks and any other safety information in your truck. Though you can rely on a web-based service, you might be in places with no or slow connections.
- Post the nearest Hospital address or Emergency Response contact
- Have the Safety Data Sheets for chemicals you work with
- Post Exit Routes or specific directions for Fire/Ambulance
Yes, this article is called “How to Look Safe” but this is not a “fake it till you make it” cheat sheet. On the contrary, this is the very basics of being safe at work. These are the steps to dressing the part.
A football player cannot take to the field without pads and a helmet. A doctor cannot operate without gloves and proper training. A hotel cannot operate without cleaning standards. Your construction job is not the only one with rules, but they are there for a reason. Be a professional, be an adult, be safe.
For other Toolbox Talk related to this one, check out: Safety Glasses, Hard Hats, Housekeeping