New Hire Safety Orientation

New Hire Safety Orientation
Mission Statement
 To provide a safe environment, challenging
us to outperform customer and supplier
expectation, while assuring and sustaining
profitable growth for our shareholders and
creating opportunities of personal growth
for all employees.
Why Work Safely?
 Work safely for the most important people
in your life, your family.
 If you are injured at work the people you
will directly effect the most will be your
your family.
 A work related injury could cause you to be
unable to play with your children, take part
in recreational activities or hobbies.
What is working safely?
 Wearing required PPE such as safety
 Completing every task the correct way, not
taking hazardous shortcuts.
 Paying attention to the task at hand.
 Asking your supervisor how to complete
unfamiliar tasks.
Fork Lifts & Manlifts
 Only licensed and certified operators are
authorized to operate forklifts & Manlifts.
 Do not operate mobile equipment until you
pass the required training and are certified.
 Never stand on raised forks or on a pallet on
the fork lift.
 Never place any body part under raised
forks, pallet or other load.
Fork Lifts & Manlifts
 Always keep a buffer distance of at least 6
feet from all directions of possible travel.
 Always insure the lift operator knows you
will walk in front of or behind the lift.
 Never stand in an area where a load could
fall off forks and strike you.
 Never ride on a fork lift as a passenger.
 Only trained and certified operators are
authorized to operate cranes.
 Never place any part of body under a raised
crane load.
 Never position yourself in a death zone.
Death Zones
 Examples of Death Zones are as follows:
the front or rear of a loaded sheet lifter.
Within 6 feet in front of or behind a raised coil.
Underneath a raised load.
Positioning yourself between a raised load and
a fixed object.
In an area where the load would strike you if it
 These areas are called death zones because
if the load fell or shifted and you were in
death done you would be killed.
Required PPE
 Safety Glasses and hard hats are required to
be worn at all times.
 Hearing protection is required when near a
burning machine in operation, grinding or
next to someone grinding and near the
tumbler in operation.
 Cut resistant gloves and arm guards are
required for all banding activities.
Required PPE Continued
 Face shield, safety glasses, gloves and
hearing protection is required for all
grinding activities.
 Gloves are required to be worn when
handling sheets of steel, scrap or bands.
Dust Masks
 Dust Masks or respirators are an effective method
of protection against airborne dust when grinding.
Respirator use is encouraged, even when
exposures are below the exposure limit, to provide
an additional level of comfort and protection for
workers. However, if a respirator is used
improperly or not kept clean, the respirator itself
can become a hazard to the worker. Sometimes,
workers may wear respirators to avoid exposures
to hazards, even if the amount of hazardous
substance does not exceed the limits set by OSHA
Dust Masks Continued
 Olympic Steel provides respirators for your
voluntary use if needed in dusty
environments be sure that the respirator
itself does not present a hazard.
 You should do the following:
 1. Read and heed all instructions provided
by the manufacturer on use, maintenance,
cleaning and care, and warnings regarding
the respirators limitations.
Dust Masks Continued
 2. Choose respirators certified for use to
protect against the contaminant of concern.
NIOSH, the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health certifies
respirators. A label or statement of
certification should appear on the respirator
or respirator packaging. It will tell you what
the respirator is designed for and how much
it will protect you.
Dust Masks
 3. Do not wear your respirator into
atmospheres containing contaminants for
which your respirator is not designed to
protect against. For example, a respirator
designed to filter dust particles will not
protect you against gases, vapors, or very
small solid particles of fumes or smoke.
 4. Keep track of your respirator so that you
do not mistakenly use someone else's
Care of PPE
 Inspect all PPE prior to using each time.
 If any part of your PPE is damaged see your
supervisor for a replacement
 Store all PPE in a clean, dry and secure
 If your PPE is lost or stolen you will
charged for a replacement.
Limitations of PPE
 Hardhats will protect you from falling bolts
from cranes but not a falling coil or plate.
 Dust, airborne dirt, and sparks can travel
underneath and around the lens of a safety
 Leather gloves can be be cut through.
Eye Safety
 Never rub your face or eyes with dirty hand
or while wearing a glove.
 If you get something in your eye never rub
it with your finger, this will only make it
 If something is in your eye blink it several
times then use an eye wash.
Hearing Conservation
 Always wear hearing protection in required
 Prolonged exposure to noise without
protection will cause permeate hearing loss.
 To insert earplugs pull up on top of ear and
 Earmuffs should cover the entire outer ear
and be snug.
Machine Safety
 Never try to operate equipment you are not
familiar with or trained to operate.
 Never place hands in areas where there are
moving parts or crush zones.
 Never reach into a machine while it is
Electrical Safety
 Only trained maintenance employees are
authorized to conduct trouble shooting or
electrical repairs.
 Do not attempt any maintenance activities
you are not trained or authorized to conduct.
 Never use a damaged extension cord or any
other piece of damaged equipment.
 Never used electrical equipment in damp or
wet areas.
Lock Out/Tag Out
 If you ever see a red lock, yellow lock or a
danger tag on a machine it is locked out for
 Never try to start a locked out machine.
 Never remove locks or tags.
 All machines being serviced must be locked
 Only trained and authorized maintenance
employees can lock a machine out.
Machine Guarding
 Never remove a guard from a machine
 Do not use any machines with a guard
missing. Report the problem immediately to
your supervisor.
 Never reach around a guard.
 Never rig or bypass a guard.
Lifting and Moving Material
 Always check the weight of an object prior
to lifting it.
 If it seems heavy get help from another
person, use a fork lift or a crane.
 Stretch and plan the path of travel before
the lift.
 Always lift with your legs keeping your
back straight.
 Never twist while carrying a load.
Chemical Hazard
 All chemicals must be labeled with the
name of the chemical & manufacturer
 Bulk chemicals and chemicals with a hazard
must be labeled with the Hazard
Management Information System Label
shown on the next page.
 The higher the number rating the more
hazardous the chemical.
Specific Hazards
The marking in the bottom white square
OXY - Oxidizer (causes fire through release of oxygen)
ACID - Acid
ALK - Alkali
CORR - Corrosive
(both CORR & ALK material create burns on human skin)
 W - Use No Water
- Radiation Hazard
 MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheets
 In-depth information on health hazards,
reactivity, flammability chemical properties,
guidelines on usage and storage.
 We have MSDS on every piece of steel and
chemical at the division.
 The MSDS binder is located next to the
time clock.
Confined Spaces
 Never enter an area labeled as a Confined
 Confined Spaces need to be locked out and
checked to insure the atmospheric conditions
are safe before an entry is made.
 Only trained and authorized employees may
enter a confined space.
 (Pertains to Milford and Winder only)
House Keeping
 It is important not to leave lumber, scrap, or
garbage on the floor.
 Items not stored correctly will cause a trip
 Water or oil on the floor will create slip
hazards for employees or fork lifts.
 Clean up or immediately notify your
supervisor of these conditions.
 Do not use a ladder until you have been
shown the correct way to setup and use that
specific ladder by your supervisor or a
member of the maintenance staff.
 If you do get trained to use a ladder keep
the ladder and yourself at least 12 feet from
live crane rails.
 Shop made ladders are not allowed.
Climbing on and off of Flatbeds
 If your have enter the top of a flatbed follow
the guidelines below:
Climb onto the flatbed using a rolling ladder. If
a ladder is unavailable climb up using the ICC
bar or a step at the front of the trailer.
Always maintain 3 points of contact(2 hands &
a foot or 2 feet and a hand) when entering or
exiting the trailer.
Always be aware where the edge of the trailer
is in relation to you.
Never back up towards the edge always face it
when moving in that direction.
Never jump off the trailer always climb down.
Working from Heights
 Never enter an area with a fall hazard of 4
feet or greater.
 Fall protection is required in all fall hazard
 Training is required for all employees prior
to using fall protection.
 Fall protection is also required to be worn at
all times in Telescoping JLG Manlifts.
 Only trained and authorized employees are
permitted to use burning equipment.
 A Burning permit issued by the
maintenance supervisor is required in non
designated areas.
 Never look directly at flame at the torch
head without wearing burning glasses.
 Staring a a lit torch head will cause welders
flash and could result in severe eye injury.
Bodily Fluids
 Do not touch or try and clean up any bodily
fluids such as blood or vomit.
 A direct exposure to bodily fluids could
result in contracting HIV or Hepatitis.
 Only trained employees with latex gloves &
safety glasses are authorized to handle this
type of hazardous material.
 If you are exposed to any bodily fluids
notify your supervisor immediately.
Medical Emergencies
 If someone needs Emergency Medical Care
follow the guidelines below:
 1. Summon a first responder to the injured
person and call 911 if necessary.
 2. Insure an employee stands at the entrance
to direct the EMS crew to the injured
 3. Inform your supervisor of the situation
Fire Procedures
 If you find a fire smaller then a small trash
can you can try and put it out.
 Anything larger sound the alarm, notify
your supervisor and evacuate the building.
 Assemble in your designated area outside
 Report any missing coworkers to the
operations manager.
Fire Extinguishers
 Fire extinguishers only have a minute of
retardant in each extinguisher.
 So you will only be able to put out fires the
size of a small trash can.
 To use a fire extinguisher Remember PASS
Pull the pin
Aim at the base of the fire
Squeeze the handle
Sweep the base of the fire
Horse Play
 Horse Play, scuffling, pranks, wrestling, or
throwing material at others are not allowed
under any circumstances.
 This type of behavior often results in
Visiting Co-Workers in Other
 Do not visit other employees if your
position does not require you to do so.
 Failure to adhere to this policy will result in
disciplinary action.
Injuries & Accidents
 All injuries and accidents must be reported to
your supervisor immediately(within 10
 This includes first aid injuries and close calls.
 First Aid injuries must be documented on the
first aid log.
 Accidents and injuries resulting in medical
treatment must be documented on a accident
investigation form.
 Not reporting an injury or accident immediately
will result in disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Action
 Disregarding safety rules or established
safety practices will result in immediate
dismissal or at least being written up and
 Examples of violations:
Not wearing required PPE
Not immediately reporting an injury or damage
Committing an unsafe act such Standing in a
Death Zone or removing a guard
Operating a piece of equipment you are not
authorized to operate such as a crane or fork lift
Safety Incentive
 Every month that no lost time injuries occur
you will receive a bonus of 2% of your
earnings for that month.
 To be eligible for this bonus you must:
Wear the required PPE for every task
Not commit any unsafe acts
Panel of Physicians
 A panel of physicians is posted by the time
 If you are injured at work you must seek
treatment for the injuries only from the
medical providers listed on the panel.
 If you seek treatment outside the panel no
medical treatment will be reimbursed by our
insurance company.
Return to Work Policy
• All injured employees that are returned to work with
restrictions will be accommodated with a modified
duty position until they can return to full capacity.
Every effort will be made to return employees on
medical restrictions to their normal position with
modifications to meet the required medical
restrictions. When it is not possible to accommodate
employees at their normal position an alternative
task, within the scope of the restrictions will be
Drug Testing
 The company drug testing program is intended to
eliminate the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and
other controlled substances at work sites.
Designed solely for the benefit of our employees,
this program will provide reasonable safety on
the job and protection from offending
Drugs and alcohol tests will be
administered under the following
To any employee when there is reasonable suspicion
that he/she is under the influence of illegal drugs or
To any employee who is involved in a workplace
accident which causes property damage or which
requires examination and/or treatment by a licensed
physician or medical facility
Upon application for employment and as a condition
of employment
Drugs and alcohol tests will be
administered under the following
Without prior notice, to any employee who
previously has been required to undergo
chemical dependency treatment or
evaluation, or who is participating in a
chemical dependency treatment program
To any employee as part of a random drug
testing program (participants in such
programs will be informed of such programs
at the time of employment)
Refusing a Drug Test
An employee’s refusal to submit to testing as
stated above shall be grounds for immediate
 The use or possession alcohol on company
property is prohibited.
 Reporting to work with a blood alcohol
level at or above .030 will result in
 This is the equivalent to one beer.
 It takes the average person one hour of not
drinking for each beer you drink to pass
through your system.
Unauthorized Visitors
 Family Members and friends are not
permitted in the warehouse.
 All visitors including first time contractors
and venders must must sign in at the office
before entering the warehouse.
 Direct all unauthorized visitors to the office
and report them to your supervisor