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General Safe Work Practices

These Safe Work Practices are provided for your information and education.  They are intended to provide you with basic safety and health information that will assist you in avoiding injury while performing your daily activities.

 These Safe Work Practices are part of Section Two, Training and Education, of the Injury & Illness Prevention Program of Cabrillo Community College District, and by section 303 of Title 8, the mandatory safety legislation of Cal/OSHA.  You are obligated to follow these practices while performing your work activities.

You are encouraged to contribute ideas to expand or improve these Safe Work Practices.

 1. It is important that all employees report all work related injuries and illnesses to their immediate manager/supervisor as soon as possible after they become aware of the injury or illness.

 2. Everyone should exercise extreme care and consideration in the performance of their duties to see they do not cause injury to others or create work hazards that could cause injury to others.

 3. No one should try to lift or move heavy or bulky objects, which could cause injury to the back and other body parts.  You are requested to seek assistance from the Maintenance and Operations Department.

 4. Personal tools, equipment, extension cords, or electrical heaters should not be brought onto District property without the permission of the Maintenance Department.

 5. Use of electrical heaters to provide warmth for extended periods of time in the past has been the originating cause of buildings fires.  As a result, the use of electrical heaters is discouraged and alternative means should be found for providing heat over the cooler months. 

6. If it is necessary to use a fire extinguisher, or if you notice that the pressure indicator is outside of the green area, you should report it to the Maintenance Department as soon as possible so the extinguisher can be recharged or replace.

 7. When you become aware of a defect in a piece of equipment, remove it from service or report it to the appropriate party so that repairs can be made.  Building and equipment defects are to be reported to the Maintenance Department.  Failure to report faulty conditions for repair can result in injuries.

 8. Be sure that any food or liquid spill is wiped up immediately rather than left for someone else to remove.

 9. Never attempt to repair electrical equipment or an appliance.  They should be removed from service and the Maintenance Department notified.

 10. File cabinets can be used improperly.  Opening two drawers simultaneously can cause a file cabinet to crash to the floor.  Whenever possible, cabinets should be bolted together in tandem or secured to the wall if it is convenient.  Training should be given to those who utilize the file cabinet's equipment.  Filing cabinet drawers should never be left open unattended.

11. Flammable liquids such as duplicating fluid should always be stored in appropriate, closed containers.  Large supplies should be stored in UL-approved cabinets or by other appropriate means described by the fire department.  Flammable liquids should never provide a continuous supply to a piece of equipment unless by a Fire Department approved process.  An earthquake could cause a spill or possible fire from flammable materials not properly stored.  Use secondary containment to guard against spills.

 12. Because of ever pending possibility of earthquake occurring, heavy objects should be stored on lower shelves, while lighter and less dangerous items can be stored on the middle and upper shelves.  Ideally, all materials stored on shelves should have restraints such as bungee cords.

 13. Bookshelves, storage cabinets, and other elevated storage areas should be well secured, securely bolted to the wall, or unitized in such a way as to reduce tipping in an earthquake.

 14. Defective furniture, worn carpets, defective stairs, loose handrails, and other facilities defects, which create accident hazards, should be reported to the Maintenance Department so repairs can be completed.  If possible, remove the objects from service.

 15.  Everyone should take the time to become educated regarding the emergency procedures in place for responding to fires, earthquakes, or first aid emergencies.  Know all means of exit from your work area.

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