Those who work with their hands in industrial settings in California may find this information on workplace safety interesting. There are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from injury.

Steps to improve hand safety

Every company that has potentially hazardous tasks should have an employee safety program. If your company does not, speak up and ask why. Also, see if you can find out about the history of workplace injuries at your employer.

Training

You should receive safety training. Pay close attention to what you are taught and ask questions if you are not clear on something. More than likely, you will be asked to sign some affirmation that you received the training. If you are injured, this document could make it easier for your employer to combat your workers’ compensation claim.

Adequate personal protective equipment

You should also receive the proper personal protective equipment such as heavy gloves, eye protection, helmets, etc. from your employer if you are working in a potentially hazardous environment. You should not be expected to provide this equipment yourself.

Eliminating hazards

The elimination of potential hazards through process re-engineering, replacing outdated equipment and retooling machinery should be taking place as workplace safety hazards are identified. Ask your employer about what the procedures are to report dangerous processes where you might be injured on the job.

Other considerations

While it is essential for you to protect yourself on the job, your employer must do their part as well. Familiarize yourself with the company’s safety program. You could volunteer to be on any kind of safety task force where management receives feedback from workers on the front line.

If you witness unsafe practices or behaviors, ask questions and do not be afraid to speak out. The hands that you save might be your own. For those who suffer an accidental injury on the job, an attorney may be able to guide them through the workers’ compensation process.