By the time the session is over, you should be able to know and use safe work practices; identify physical hazards at your worksite; recognize when your worksite contains unsafe conditions; recognize when you are committing unsafe acts; understand how engineering controls can improve safety; understand U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements; take measures to prevent accidents and illness by properly protecting yourself; and understand the risks of working in confined spaces.
Why “HAZWOPER: On-Site Safety Considerations” Matters:
Millions of on-site workers face exposure from hazardous waste materials every day. On-site safety considerations are important because every year, of the approximately 43 million U.S. workers who are potentially exposed to the 880,000 hazardous chemicals used, approximately 50,000 injuries and illnesses and 125 deaths occur. Understanding the hazards at your worksite helps protect you and your coworkers from injury and illness. Creating a safer work environment will result in fewer costs to your workplace from accidents, illnesses, and potential property damage. Proper training and understanding can help response time in the event of an accident. Adhering to OSHA’s federal regulations when it comes to working with hazardous waste materials helps ensure your safety and relieves federal scrutiny. Most accidents occur when workers do not proactively take common-sense precautions. Remember, most accidents can be avoided!
- Working with hazardous materials can be deadly.
- Know how to recognize unsafe conditions and acts.
- Understand the various ways to control worksite hazards.
- Be familiar with the OSHA regulations, which were created for your health and safety.
- Remember that most accidents CAN be avoided with proactive safety posturing.
- And, always use common sense.