Contractor Safety Share

Sharing safety information

Laboratory Hazards not always related to exposure

An employee that works in a laboratory often has the task of picking up heavy boxes and carrying them across the room for processing and disposal. After many times / days of performing this task the next time the employee went to lift a box to carry it across the room, the employee felt a pain in one of their shoulders.

Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

1.     In order to plan for all the hazards in a laboratory, including overexertion, contract firms should evaluate each task performed for the hazards that may exist.   

2.     Once the hazards and potential hazards are identified, firms should develop and document safe work practices for each task. Make sure you share these with your employees and train them on these practices as well.

3.     If an employee is feeling pain or experiences an injury at work, coach employees to report all events / injuries immediately to their Supervision.  Develop a written plan for employees that lines out the expectations and protocol for emergency and non emergency situations.


Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
Contract Firm Management Rep Signature____________________

THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.
If you have questions about this CONTRACTOR SAFETY FLASH, please contact [email protected]


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