OV E rV I E W O F T H E S A F E T Y M O D E L
Section 4: Overview of the Safety Model
What Must Be Done to Be Safe?
❚ Use the safety model to recog- nize, evaluate, and control haz- ards.
Use the three-stage safety model: recognize, evaluate, and control hazards. To be safe, you must think about your job and plan for hazards. To avoid injury or death, you must understand and recognize hazards. You need to evaluate the situation you are in and assess your risks. You need to control haz- ards by creating a safe work environment, by using safe work practices, and by report- ing hazards to a supervisor or teacher.
If you do not recognize, evalu- ate, and control hazards, you may be injured or killed by the electricity itself, electrical fires, or falls. If you use the safety model to recognize, evaluate, and control hazards, you are much safer.
report hazards to your supervisor or teacher.
(1) recognize hazards
❚ Identify electrical hazards.
❚ Don’t listen to reckless, dangerous people.
The first part of the safety model is recognizing the hazards around you. Only then can you avoid or control the hazards. It is best to discuss and plan hazard recognition tasks with your co-workers. Sometimes we take risks ourselves, but when we are responsible for others, we are more careful. Sometimes others see hazards that we overlook. Of course, it is possible to be talked out of our concerns by someone who is reckless or dangerous. Don’t take a chance. Careful planning of safety procedures reduces the risk of injury. Decisions to lock out and tag out circuits and equipment need to be made during this part of the safety model. Plans for action must be made now.