It’s taken me some time to get used to the safety culture here at Celanese, but I’ve learned plenty about how to do better over the last few months. While I’ve slipped, tripped and fallen on everything from trains, planes and automobiles, I am excited to say that I haven’t had an incident this week so far. I’ve been accident free while preparing for the day, commuting and moving about the office. It’s funny how quickly things can change.
Every day I’ve woken up and found the right shoes to wear and checked the weather before heading out the door. I’ve been driving slowly on my way to work, being sure to check traffic beforehand. I’ve even rearranged my workspace for improved ergonomics.
When I began writing this blog series my goal was simply to have a better safety record, and I think I’m headed toward success. With your feedback—and help from the people that I’m lucky to call my team mates—I’ve learned plenty about the importance of safety at home and in the office.
My previous posts have been about commuting and traveling to work, but I can’t end this series without touching on office safety. Here are a few things I’ve learned about the hidden dangers lurking around the office:
1. Carrying Objects
Whether we’re moving boxes or carrying food trays, we all find ourselves having to carry things throughout the office now and then. A few weeks back I was helping a team member carry a few boxes, and I almost fell into someone. In the future, if something I’m carrying is so large that it’s blocking my line of vision, or I’m having trouble carrying it, then I’ll be sure to get a dolly or ask someone for help.
2. Your Desk
A proper desk set-up that follows basic ergonomic guidelines allows you to work comfortably without needing to over-reach or use awkward postures. Also, keep in mind that sitting all day can be worse for you than not exercising at all. It’s important to take short, hourly breaks to step away from your desk.
3. The Staircase
A few weeks back I tripped on the stairs while talking on my cellphone. I was in a rush and wasn’t holding the railing. Be mindful of the number of objects you’re carrying when taking the stairs, and always keep one hand on the rail. Be mindful of when and where you’re using your phone as well. It’s too easy to get distracted and trip and fall.
Safety isn’t just about avoiding accidents, it’s also about cultivating an environment that we can all succeed and feel secure in. It’s the Dallas Safety Council’s goal to not just keep us safe, but to also get us thinking about the way we prepare for work, the way we travel to work and how we practice safety in the office so we can all focus on growing our business and careers. We’re creating our future, so let’s all work together to create a safe one.