10 Ways We Strive for Safety at Pantex

  • Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019, 2:55 pm

1. Protect your health

  • Get checked out! An annual physical is a Cigna CNS benefit.
  • Know your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and body mass index.

2. Insist on Pre-Job Briefings

  • Identify scope to be performed and how it will be done; discuss location and potential hazards; know what personal protective equipment is required.
  • Know what to do if abnormal conditions occur.

3. Perform the DRIVER steps before operating a vehicle

  • Do a 360-degree walk-around; Rely on a spotter; Identify the safety features; Verify safe conditions; Eliminate distractions; Report all accidents.
  • Ask your supervisor or safety representative if you have questions

4. Set High Standards to avoid falls in the workplace

  • Use ladders properly, including keeping three points of contact when climbing, not leaning to one side when on the ladder, setting the ladder at the proper angle, securing the ladder, etc.
  • Ensure use of a proper fall arrest system such as full body harness, self-retracting lanyard, and approved anchor point with 100% tie-off.

5. Be Aware of Hazards in the workplace

  • As you begin work, ask yourself:
    • Do I have the right tools/equipment for the job?
    • Have I inspected my tools/equipment to make sure they are in good repair?
    • Am I positioning the tool correctly? Are hands and other body parts out of the line of fire?
    • Do I need additional Personal Protective Equipment for the job?

6. Practice Hand Safety

  • Our hands are one of our most valuable tools, so protect them.
  • Evaluate your work area for potential hand hazards.
  • Use the proper tool for the task.
  • Wear the right glove for the task.

7. Commute Safely

  • Driving to and from work is one of the most dangerous activities we do each day.
  • Start SMART
    • Secure your seat belt and adjust your seat.
    • Make adjustments (check mirrors and eliminate blind spots) before putting vehicle in drive.
    • Avoid driving drowsy by getting plenty of rest each night. Lack of sleep causes you to react more slowly, and impairs judgement and vision.
    • Remain focused on driving.
    • Thoroughly check your surroundings for traffic, people, blind spots, and objects.
  • Stay SMART
    • Control your Speed.
    • Monitor for excessive speed and road conditions.
    • Avoid distractions. Follow CNS’s Cellular Telephone/Mobile Electronic Device policy to minimize risk during driving.
    • Follow the Rules of the road.
    • Take Time to reach your destination. Plan ahead. Allow for extra time.

8. Walking is Working

  • Keep these facts in mind when you consider talking or texting while walking:
    • Texting decreases your situational awareness and limits eyes on path.
    • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are not focused on the path if you are walking while texting.
    • Tripping hazards could be one step ahead.
    • Own the outcome, stop and take time out to talk or text.

9. Think Before You Act

  • Report it, don’t ignore it – report near misses and if something doesn’t’ seem safe report it immediately.
  • Always look for hidden hazards – be aware of changes around you and pay attention to detail and the task at hand.
  • Keep your mind on the task – remind yourself why certain safety policies and best practices are in place and stop to think before you act – keep a safety mindset!

10. Manage Stress

  • Focus on the one thing that’s always within your control: you.
  • These steps will help you manage job stress:
    • Take responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being.
    • Avoid pitfalls by identifying knee-jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at work.
    • Learn better communication skills to improve your relationships with managers and coworkers.