Nine safety tips every mother should be aware of

Nine  Safety Tips Every aware of Mother Should be aware of.

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) here again with another interesting topic to ponder over. We will be discussing on Safety tips that mothers should know.

Some mothers usually end up fending for themselves and their children.They remain scared and worried about any harm that might come to their babies, so it’s important to ensure safety measures.

Choking or falling are potential baby injuries that can be avoided by following a few rules. Here are some things you need to know to put all potential threatening instances at bay:

1. Remote Control/Toy Batteries: Seal battery compartments of toys and remote controls with tape, including desk clocks, toys and battery-operated toothbrushes; any object that runs on batteries.

2. Purses: Never plop purses close to infants. Do away with the chance of allowing toddlers to reach over for medications, breath mints and coins.

3. Tipping: Prevent the accidental tipping over of gadgets such computers and coffee pots by taking care of proper placement and cord and cable management.

4. Window Blocks: Ensure to prevent children from getting close to windows as they might be dangerous. Bookcases and other tall pieces of furniture should be properly bolted to the wall.

5. Gym Bags and Outerwear: Never allow childre  to get near them as they may contain things like coins or locker keys that may cause injury. Always keep them properly stored.

6. Grapes and Olives: Be wary of children picking grapes and olives up as they might accidentally put them in their mouth or nose. They may choke or obstruct their nasal passage.

7. Vacuum Outlet Covers: Go for swivel outlet covers rather than plastic ones as they are not really safe and pose a choking risk. Never leave any kind of plastic bag lying around.

8. Toilets: Ensure to monitor children in the bathroom for fear of drowning in toilets, bathtubs or buckets. Accidents have happened and it’s best to close them shut.

9. Cat and Dog Litter: Toddlers, by nature, are very curious and it’s best to teach them to be away from pet food and pet faeces. Also ensure they stay away from the litter and trash can.

This is where I will have to stop for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade wishing a safe week ahead.

Elements of an effective accountability system

ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM.

In the bid to maintain a safe and healthful workplace, it is very important that employees are held accountable in engaging in safe work procedures after being provided with all the tools and resources needed in achieving this. When an individual is held accountable, his or her performance is (1) evaluated with respect to formal standards and (2) results in the application of positive or negative consequences.

ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

The condition of accountability in the workplace doesn’t just happen. To be effective, accountability requires careful design and performance of a supportive accountability system.                       For an accountability system to be effective, it must possess the following elements:

(A)Established standards: in the form of company policies or rules that clearly convey standards of performance in safety and health to employees. It’s important that employees understand safety policies and rules, and why they are relevant. They need to understand the natural and system consequences of their personal behaviour.

Natural consequences refer to the hurt or health the employee will experience as a direct result of their behaviour. Examples include injury, illness, and health.

System consequences refer to the negative or positive consequences administered by the organization as a result of their personal behaviour. Examples of these include discipline or positive recognition.

(B) Provision of resources and psychosocial support: for the employer to be justified, he or she must provide the physical resources and psychosocial support to allow employees to achieve the standards set.

Physical resources include safe tools, equipment, material, facilities and environment.

Psychosocial support includes safe work procedures, reasonable workload and scheduling, suitable employee relations and effective leadership.

(C) A system of performance evaluation:  this specifies acceptable behaviour. Examples of measured safety behaviour at various levels include:

Top/Mid-level managers: Measurement at this level includes personal behaviour, safety activities, and statistical results, such as following company safety and health rules, enforcing safety and health rules, arranging safety and health training and workers compensation costs.

Supervisors: Measurement should include personal safety behaviour and safety activities which they are able to control, such as ensuring employees have safe materials and equipment, conducting safety inspections and meetings, and following and enforcing safety rules .

Employees: Measurement generally includes personal behaviour, such as complying with safety and health rules, and reporting injuries and hazards.

(D) Effective consequences: Effective consequences will change the behaviour of the worker in the desired direction. These can either be positive or negative.                                               The nature of, and significance of consequences is determined by the employee receiving the consequences. One particular kind of consequence that was effective for a certain employee might not work for another employee in another situation or circumstance. Negative consequences include verbal warnings, written reprimands, suspension from work and termination. 

Positive consequences include personal recognition, raises, promotion and money.

(E) Appropriate application of consequences :  An accountability plan must address all levels of management, not just line employees. Discipline is administered only if justified.         It is important that management meet all obligations to employees to be justified.                                    The safety management system should not have contributed to the noncompliance behaviour. Positive and negative consequences should not be applied based on and employee’s accident record (a result). If you don’t have an accident, you’ll get a bonus. Rather, consequences should result only from an employee’s compliance record (behaviour).

(F) An effective program evaluation. As with any system, the design and performance of an accountability system should be evaluated on using a continuous improvement model. Safety committees or other staff may be an excellent forum for this activity.

When managers and employees are held accountable for their safety and health responsibilities, they are more likely to press for solutions to safety and health problems than to present obstacles. By implementing an accountability system, positive contribution in the safety and health program is made which will ultimately lead to the maintenance of a safe and health workplace.                                                                       Safety Guide solutions is a Health, Safety and Environment solutions provider. We offer advisory services, draft HSE documentations, facilitate HSE trainings and also handle projects where HSE standards need to be complied with.

For more enquiries , please contact Goke on 07081101064 or email safetygsolutions@outlook.com