By Jody Bekevich, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, Mercer Peace River
At Mercer Peace River, health and safety is our top value. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our people and their families.
We believe the best way to keep yourself and others healthy and accident-free is by stopping injuries from happening in the first place. We’d like to share some tips to make yourselves and your families safer in 2023.
The following tips come directly from MPR’s safety program Road to Zero. By taking proactive measures to prevent accidents and injuries, individuals and organizations can save time, money, and most importantly, lives.
Before starting a task, make sure you wear appropriate clothing.
In an industrial setting, this would include items like hard hats, safety glasses, gloves and steel-toed boots. These are tools made to help protect workers from hazards on the job.
At home, it could be wearing adequate clothing for colder temperatures or wearing gloves when handling hazardous objects.
Adequate training is critical in preventing accidents and injuries.
We should always ensure we are trained in whatever task we perform. If you are unaware of how to complete a task, ask someone with the proper amount of experience.
Our team members have the right to refuse unsafe work. If they feel they do not have adequate training, we encourage them to have conversations with their supervisor.
Proper maintenance of equipment and facilities is part of completing tasks safely.
Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and correct potential hazards before they result in accidents or injuries.
It is important for individuals to take personal responsibility for their own health and safety.
This includes being aware of and following safety procedures. Ensure employees are fit to work and have a personal commitment to the safety of themselves and others.
Everyone can do their part to prevent injuries. Overall, prevention is the key to excellent health and safety. By taking proactive measures, individuals and organizations can protect themselves and others from accidents and injuries to create a safer and healthier community for us all.