This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about New Year’s Resolutions, offering tips for safety success.
New Year’s Resolutions – Tips for Safety Success
Welcome back! It’s that time of year again to resolve to make our work environment even safer than they were before the holidays.
Let’s make sure we ensure the success of our new resolutions by following these tips:
- Start small. Place your focus on one hazard of concern at a time. For example:
- Make sure the exit to the classroom is unobstructed.
- Inspect electrical cords for damage. If they are frayed, split or broken have them replaced.
- Make sure walking paths are clear of tripping hazards.
- Change unsafe behavior by focusing on the actions that most likely contribute to the hazard. For example:
- Lifting with your legs to protect your back.
- Changing positions often if you are doing a task which requires prolonged sitting.
- Talk about goals set and share with coworkers to ensure everyone pitches in.
- Don’t beat yourself up if mistakes happen and there is an accident figure out why and take the appropriate steps to correct it.
- If a hazard cannot be immediately taken care of ask for help. The SSC staff, Principals and other Supervisors are available to help.
Millions of people make resolutions at the beginning of the new year and need to make sure they check in on the progress of those goals periodically. I recommend making sure you put a reminder in your calendar to review your resolutions. Looking back at your resolutions and seeing progress can be inspiring.