With RECON growing at a fast rate and new employees joining our team weekly, we all have an obligation to welcome and teach them the RECON way.
So you´re the new employee on the job – or maybe you have been doing this type of work for some time and new to RECON? Either way we all have a responsibility to learn how to do your new job safely. Your supervisor/HSO should take the time necessary to explain the safety requirements for the work you will be performing along with other task performed on site.
Recon refers to these new employees as SSE´s (Short Service Employees).
Here are few things to think about:
First Aid & Emergency – Where is the first aid station located? Who is certified to provide first aid? Where are emergency phone numbers posted on site? What are the site emergency sirens, signals or notifications? Do I know my rally points and emergency procedures?
Housekeeping & Sanitation – Where is the waste disposal area? Are there any materials which must be disposed of in a special manner? What are the procedures for daily cleanup? Where is drinking water located?
Personal Protective Equipment – Are hard hats required at this work site? Are soft soled shoes prohibited? Check eye and ear protection requirements! What other kinds of Personal Protective Equipment are required?
Hand & Power Tools – Are you qualified to use the tools? Is it the right tool for the job? Are all required guards & handles in place? Are your tools properly inspected & grounded?
Ladders – Is the ladder the right one for the job? Is it in good condition? Be sure the ladder is properly set up and secured. Always check a ladder prior to using it.
Hazcom – Are you working with chemicals? Do you understand all of the precautions which must be taken? Where are Material Safety Data Sheets, and do I know how to read them?
As a new – or seasoned – employee there are many safety topics that you need to think about. Some others that may be of particular importance on your job are: working around cranes and heavy equipment, excavations and trenching, motor vehicles, fall protection, and electricity.
As the new guy on the block there is a lot of information that you need to comprehend. If you have a question – ASK!