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Accidents are unexpected events with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.

Accidents and emergency situations can happen in any environment, in any industry, at any period. While our workplaces are often protected by devoted police and security officers and efficient alarm systems, each individual must also take an active part in maintenance of a safe work environment. Staying consciously aware of your surroundings and recognizing potential hazards will significantly reduce risks. Even the smallest daily tasks, such as cleaning up minor spills and washing your hands, can make a huge difference.

Safety Plan

Communicate and develop a health and safety policy to all employees.
Conduct regular safety and health meetings including employees from all levels.
Recognize employees for safe and healthful work practices.

Health and Safety

Have available cleaning agents to everyone to routinely clean and disinfect common areas.
Thoroughly wash your hands and often for at least 10-20 seconds to help prevent the spread of illness.
If you come across a chemical spill and cannot identify the substance, do not touch or move it. Barricade the area, and report the spill.
Adequately keep stock of supplies such as batteries, a First Aid kit and flashlights, on hand in case of an emergency.


Be familiar with the people in your immediate work area to easily identify an individual who may not belong there.
Lock all the doors/windows and shut down all electrical devices when leaving your work place.
Do not take a hazardous chemical out of its original container and store it in something else.
Follow the safety guidelines of manufacturers on all equipment.
Keep a list of emergency contacts and information for employees and clients, and police, fire and paramedic departments.
Keep all combustible materials, such as wood, paper and trash, away from all heat sources.
Report to a supervisor or security official if you observe a stranger or coworker displaying suspicious or potentially threatening behavior.
Privately keep keys or access-control codes.
Establish and communicate a company emergency/disaster plan to all employees and make sure everyone, including new employees, is educated on the plan.
Keep all working and walking surfaces free of spills and debris.
Stay calm and contact help, if necessary, if an incident does occur.

Remember health is wealth, so do well to ensure safety in your workplace.

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