RSVP Singapore practises Work Safety
5 August 2011
Colleagues and friends in the RSVP community, this is the first Safety Message that you will be receiving from me.
As you may know, the Workplace Safety and Health Act (2006) will become applicable to all workplaces by September 1, 2011.
We in RSVP have formed an Office Safety Committee to drive this very important subject. Under the act, everyone, including staff and volunteers who perform work on our behalf has a duty to work safely. Even contractors who work at our premises or under our control are covered. For our volunteers who work at other locations such as schools and Marina Barrage, they have a duty to observe the safety rules that are set up by the host organization such as the school and PUB.
In the next few months, we will be organizing awareness and content training for staff and volunteers at our office. In August, we will be raising awareness by displaying our Vision and Mission on Safety, putting up posters on office safety and installing our First Aid boxes.
August will be a particularly busy one for us. Many extra people will be in the office to work on the Silver Infocomm Day. We will literally be packed. People will be tempted to rush and to let their guard down. This will increase the chances of an accident. What accidents?
Examples are tripping over things placed on the floor, walking into filing cabinet drawers and spilling hot drinks.
Therefore each one of us must exercise extra care to work safely. You can do the following:
1) Before starting work each day, examine your work area. Tidy it up. Remove the obvious tripping hazards.
2) When you prepare a hot drink, do not overfill your cup. When you are walking with a hot drink in hand, take extra care and look out for what is going on around you.
3) Be aware of what your workmates are doing eg. if a filing cabinet drawer is sticking out, ask you workmate to push it in or do it yourself.
4) Do not rush about
There are other common sense things you can do to make your work place safer and I encourage you to do them.
STAY ALERT AND WORK SAFELY