Dos and Don’ts of Safety

If you haven’t come across the Environmental Health and Safety database yet, do yourself and your company a favor and check out their massive list of do’s and don’ts of safety.

The site lists some 66 different topics. Click on anyone of them to get, you guessed it, a list of dos and don’ts for that topic. Still not sure what I’m talking about? Here, as an example, is the list of dos and don’ts for confined Space:

  1. In a confined space emergency, the first thing you should do is report the situation immediately to the entry supervisor, who will notify the emergency rescue team.
  2. If the entrants can perform a self-rescue safely, keep in contact with them throughout the entire procedure, and assist them in any way possible without actually entering the space.
  3. If a non-entry rescue is required and you are trained, equipped, and authorized to perform a non-entry rescue, proceed with this procedure, keeping in constant contact with entrants.
  4. If the space must be entered to rescue entrants, keep in contact with entrants, if possible, let them know that help is on the way, and wait for the rescue team to arrive.

  • Do not leave your post at the entry point to the confined space until the rescue team arrives.
  • Do not allow anyone except the designated rescue team to enter a confined space in an emergency.

Check out the rest of the dos and don’ts of safety on the EHS dos and don’ts database.