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5.5 Small Steps

To Prevent Big Disasters

When you hear the phrase, "disaster in the workplace," you think of big explosions, massive fires and horrible accidents. These associations make sense -- the effects of disasters, after all, are huge. But the steps you take to prevent these large-scale calamities are small, simple and, unfortunately, often forgotten or ignored. To avoid a disastrous event, here are 5.5 preventive measures to take:

  1. Prepare To Be Prepared
    Disaster prevention is first and foremost about preparation. Pre-plan every job before employees commence any work on it. Schedule a meeting or huddle with all participating employees to fully understand and outline the details of the job. This includes scope of the work, key issues, potential problems, equipment access, personnel access and any important information.

  2. Be Informed
    After preparation, the next most important disaster prevention measure is knowledge. Make sure the physical and chemical characteristics of hazardous substances are visibly listed. These include items such as boiling and freezing points, density, vapor pressure, specific gravity, solubility, volatility and the product's general appearance and odor.

  3. Get Supplies Ready
    It's not pleasant or fun to think about a potential spill, but if it does happen, you'll be glad you prepared the necessary supplies to clean it up. These supplies include containers, temporary diking and cleanup materials.

  4. PPE
    Review the Personal Protective Equipment and tools that are necessary for the project, and make sure your supplies of these materials -- clothing, helmets, masks, goggles, etc -- are adequate.

  5. Communication
    This is key for most challenges in life, but especially for disaster prevention. Before work commences on a project, analyze how the work will impact other personnel and operations. Then, make sure proper communication channels and procedures are in place between participating parties.

5.5. Last Step: Double Check
This isn't a before-the-job measure, but it's still preventive! Plan time for a final walk-down to be sure nothing is left behind or unfinished when the work is complete.

When it comes to preventing big disasters, it's the small steps you take before the work (and a half step you take after it's finished) that really matter. Take pride in your work, pay attention to detail and make safety a priority -- that's Arbill's challenge to you.

For more resources on preventive measures for workplace safety, visit Arbill online or call 800-523-5367 to speak to one of our workplace safety specialists.

About Arbill
For over 65 years, Arbill has been providing businesses with the equipment and safety products they need to create a culture of safety within the workplace. Arbill is dedicated to ensuring that every worker makes it home safe at the end of every day.