Workshop Safety Policy

Adopted 10/15/10

The safety of our Associates is a constant concern of this company. Every precaution has been taken to provide a safe workplace. The Safety Coordinator makes regular inspections and addresses safety at the monthly employee meetings. She also meets with the Safety Committee to plan and implement further improvements in our safety program as needed. Original documentation of all inspections, recommendations, and corrective actions are filed in the Safety Coordinator’s office. Common sense and personal interest in safety are still the greatest guarantees of your safety at work, on the road, and at home.  S & H Products is sincerely concerned for the health and well being of each member of the team.

A healthy person is the best worker. Regular check-ups with physicians, dentists, and eye care specialists are recommended and in some cases may be required. A medical evaluation at the time of employment is required.

A signed Emergency Medical Authorization Form shall be on file and updated annually. This form provides for consent to emergency medical treatment. Refusal to consent requires a written procedure to be followed in the event of an emergency. The form also provides names and phone numbers of contact persons who will be responsible for the injured or ill individual, along with any other pertinent medical information.

If the illness or injury requires a doctor’s treatment, a “Return to Work Form” is needed before the individual can resume attendance at the Workshop. The form will explain any limitations or special instructions.

The cooperation of every employee is necessary to make this company a safe place in which to work. Help yourself and others by reporting unsafe conditions or hazards immediately to your supervisor or to a member of the safety committee. Give serious consideration to the rules of safety presented to you by poster signs, discussions with your supervisor and posted rules. Start your day by always thinking of safety as you perform your job, or as you learn a new one.

Accident Reporting

Any injury at work – no matter how small – must be reported immediately to your supervisor and you will need to see the nurse to receive first aid attention. Serious conditions may arise from fall injuries if they are not cared for at once.

In case of serious injury or any major medical emergency, the Nurse, Adult Services Director, or designee will call the City of Sidney Rescue Squad. The appropriate staff member shall accompany the individual to the hospital and take along the Emergency Medical Authorization Form on file. Parent/guardians/caregivers will be notified as soon as possible.

The Director and Nurse will determine if an incident needs to be treated as a Worker’s Compensation Claim. If so determined, the individual will be provided with an injury reporting packet for CareWorks and will be evaluated at the local hospital Occupational Health Department. The hospital will file the treatment with Worker’s Compensation. S & H Products will report the claim at CareWorks will certify the claim with the Director and/or Nurse by phone or by letter. All health information, special job considerations, return to work and/or restrictions received from the doctor/hospital will be communicated to the Director by the Nurse.

Specific Safety Rules and Guidelines

To ensure your safety, and that of your coworkers, please observe and obey the following rules and guidelines:

  • Practice safety procedures established for the job.
  • In case of sickness or injury, no matter how slight, report at once to your supervisor. In no case should an employee treat his own or someone else’s injuries or attempt to remove foreign particles from the eye.
  • In case of injury resulting in possible fracture to legs, back, or neck, or any accident resulting in an unconscious condition, or a severe head injury, the employee is not to be moved until medical attention has been given by authorized personnel.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry on the work floor. It may catch and cause a serious injury. Supervisors will ask you to place these items in your locker or lunchbox.
  • Never distract the attention of another employee, as you might cause him or her to be injured. If necessary to get the attention of another employee, wait until it can be done safely.
  • Where required, you must wear protective equipment, such as goggles, safety glasses, masks, gloves, etc.
  • Stack materials, skids, bins, boxes, or other equipment so as not to block aisles, exits, firefighting equipment, electric lighting or power panel, valves, etc. FIRE DOORS AND AISLES MUST BE KEPT CLEAR.
  • Keep your work area clean.
  • Observe smoking regulations.
  • Shut down your machine before cleaning or leaving the work area.
  • Tow motors will be operated only by authorized personnel and no one but the operator is permitted to ride the tow motor. Do not exceed a speed that is safe to existing conditions.
  • Running and horseplay are strictly forbidden.
  • Do not block access to fire extinguishers.
  • Do not tamper with electronic controls or switches.
  • Do not operate machines or equipment until you have been properly instructed and authorized to do so by your supervisor.
  • Report any UNSAFE condition or acts to your supervisor.
  • Use designated walkways when moving from one place to another; never take hazardous shortcuts.
  • Lift properly – use your legs, not your back. For heavier loads, ask for assistance.
  • Do not adjust or clean moving machinery.
  • Keep machine guards in their intended place.
  • Do not throw objects.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Wear closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing. Shorts or mini dresses are not permitted.
  • Place trash and paper in proper containers.