Before you start, be safety smart

Posted on 13 Sep 2021

Although South Africa is still enduring the challenges associated with the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic and the unpredictability of the various imposed lockdowns, more employees are reporting back to their workplaces as opposed to working from their homes.


This brings with it the reminder that when it comes to workplace safety, we must never relax our vigilance. There is always a possibility that something can go wrong. Accidents are always waiting to happen.


One of the most prevalent workplace injuries is related to slip, trip and falls. Most of these incidents can be avoided by following three basic safety rules:

  • Always use the handrail when walking on staircases.
  • Don’t text on your cell phone whilst walking.
  • The shoes we wear can play a big part in preventing falls.

Fact is, we all want to go home safe and sound. Not just today and tomorrow, but for the rest of our working lives. For this to happen, it is imperative that we entrench a culture of workplace safety. Achieving such a culture requires the commitment and participation of every employee.


Never lose sight of the fact that a safe workplace protects an organisation’s most valuable asset. This, of course, is you, and if you are safe and healthy, your loved ones never need endure the hardship that is an inevitable side effect of an injury.


So, don’t think of workplace safety as someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem. Become involved, commit yourself to build a culture of workplace safety.


You can:

  • Report unsafe conditions and situations.
  • Report hazards, incidents and near misses.
  • Follow established health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Practice good housekeeping, ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’.
  • Take care of the safety of yourself and those who work around you.


These are just a few ideas. Take a moment, think about your work environment and take appropriate action to raise the level of workplace safety.

Always remember, “Before you start, be safety smart”…