Don’t Overlook Unsafe Work
Intervene When You See Unsafe Work Taking Place
It can be very uncomfortable to tell a co-worker that they are performing their work in an unsafe manner. Turning a blind eye to unsafe work behaviours may be the easy thing to do, but keeping quiet could put your co-worker at risk of injury. It may be a hard discussion to have, however, if you approach them in a positive manner, the discussion will go well. Stay calm and speak to the individual privately. It’s helpful to start with a positive comment (i.e. “It’s good to see you’re wearing your close-fitting eyewear”). Follow the positive statement with a calm discussion about the unsafe behaviour you noticed. By the end of the discussion, the unsafe situation will be corrected and you can feel good knowing you may have prevented an injury!