It does not matter what section of what industry you work in; sooner or later you will come across a safety concern in your place of work. It is the responsibility of every employee and every employer to make the work place a safer one for everyone else, so any safety issue needs to be addressed immediately. The problem is, not all of the safety concerns you come across will be equal. While some may only require a mop to fix, others may call for extreme measures. Let's take a look at some basic steps to follow when you come across a safety concern in any workplace.

First of all, it is important to understand that dealing with hazardous conditions is not a fast track to better pay. We have all been in work situations where a specific individual thinks that making a big deal of every issue will make him a better candidate for a recruitment firm. Again, it must be stressed that safety is a responsibility, not something to be done for extra credit.

In fact, there are situations where some actions may be counter-productive, as far as getting noticed goes. That's why the first step in dealing with any potentially hazardous condition at work is assessment. It's critical to assess not only the hazard potential, but the actual conditions of any situation. That spill might look easy to clean up, but if it's near a bathroom, treatment bin, or chemical storage it might be quite hazardous. Have a look around the area to see if septic trucks might be a better tool than mops before taking any action.

After assessing the situation, make sure to mark out the area of concern clearly. For a plant worker, this might mean putting up pylons as markers. For a real estate agent for example, it might mean phoning the brokerage to let others know the problem on a certain piece of real estate. The important thing is to make sure that others are aware of the concern.

Next, report the issue if you are concerned about it. Note that this step still comes before action; again, the issue you noticed may be a sign of a much bigger problem. Moreover, another person in your workplace might have a better angle on the origins of the hazard and be able to suggest a more definitive cause and solution.

The next step when encountering hazardous conditions in the workplace is dealing with the issue itself. This could include anything from minor cleanup to a shutdown of the facility, or even finding a new method to conduct business. You won't know the proper solution until the proper levels have all been consulted, so really reporting may be the logical end point of any efforts to deal with a safety hazard.

Finally, steps must be taken to ensure that the hazardous condition does not occur again. This will of course be up to owners of the company involved, but employees should not be afraid to follow through on any hazardous conditions they have brought to the attention of upper management.

While safety is everyone's concern, all employees must remember that they cannot deal with most concerns on their own. In fact, most of the time resolution will only come through the involvement of individuals with more training than you. The best an individual employee can do is to assess, warn, and report the concern he or she came across.

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Thursday, May 30, 2024