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30 of the Best Branch Safety Practices

It is of the utmost importance that everyone keep safety in the forefront of their minds.  A safe work environment is something we all take seriously and here are some helpful safety tips and reminders:

  1. Be sure to report any unsafe conditions/equipment to your supervisor or safety coordinator as soon as possible.
  2. Any accidents, injuries, and/or illnesses should also be reported to your supervisor or safety coordinator as soon as possible.
  3.  If you are (or if you know a co-worker who is) under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, you (or they) cannot be permitted to be on the job.
  4.  You should not engage in horseplay or any other acts that may adversely affect the safety or well-being of yourself or your co-workers.
  5. Workplace exits should never be blocked, and they should be well-lighted and unlocked during working hours.
  6. In the event of a fire, sound the nearest alarm and evacuate the building.
  7.  Upon hearing the alarm bell, immediately evacuate the building and gather at the designated location. Remain there until the “ALL CLEAR” signal is given.
  8. Only trained workers should attempt to respond to a fire or other emergency.
  9. All exit doors should comply with fire safety regulations during business hours.
  10.  Exit aisles, corridors, stairs, and doorways should not be blocked by stored items, nor should they block any emergency equipment.
  11. All work areas should be kept safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
  12. All spills should be promptly cleaned up.
  1. Remember to use proper lifting techniques. Never attempt to push or lift an object that is too heavy for you. Contact your supervisor if you need help.
  2. Be careful not to stack material on top of lockers, file cabinets, or other high places. All items should be stored stably and securely.
  3. If you encounter frayed electrical cords or exposed wiring, report them to your supervisor as soon as possible.
  4. Important: Never use a metal ladder when working on or near electrical components and systems.
  5. Do not use electrical tools or equipment that is not properly grounded.
  6. All electrical equipment and appliances should be plugged into appropriate wall receptacles or into approved extension cords sized for capacity. Three-pronged plugs should be used to ensure continuity of grounding.
  7. All electrical cords installed in or across traffic areas should be installed in appropriate rubber protectors to prevent electrical shocks and trip hazards and to allow wheelchair access.
  8. Be sure to not use compressed air for cleaning off clothing.
  9. Important: Do not store compressed gas cylinders in areas that are exposed to extreme heat sources, electric arcs, or high-temperature lines. All cylinders should be chained in an upright position to prevent falling or tipping over.
  10. All pipelines should be identified and appropriately labeled as to their contents.
  11. Hearing protection should be worn in all areas identified as having high noise exposure.
  12. Goggles or face shields should be worn when performing grinding operations.
  13. Do not use any faulty or excessively used hand tools; instead, report them to your supervisor.
  14. Do not enter confined spaces unless tests for toxic substances and oxygen deficiency have been provided.
  15. Important: Always keep flammable or toxic chemicals in closed containers when not in use. Store in approved flammable storage cabinets.
  16. Do not consume food in areas where hazardous chemicals are present.
  17. Poisonous solutions should be appropriately labeled and stored.
  18. Be mindful that you comply with any written lockout/tag out (LOTO) programs required for your work.