Module 8c - Safety for others

 The outside environment
Through our work we can expose others to dangers - even though we try to avoid it. These can be customers or suppliers who come to the company. Or they can be people we meet, when we are in the public sphere because of our job.

Our work day becomes more and more technological and effective. There can be new risks that we haven't known of before. An example is traffic, which has grown explosively, or the construction sector, where work has to be faster and faster. Or the health sector, where new medicine shows up constantly.

Professional organisations try to keep up and do studies, define precautions, create safety technology, etc. We need to follow these precautions and teach them to the apprentices.

This doesn't release us from the daily responsibility of thinking for ourselves! - Instruct the apprentice in:
  • Attention
  • Identifying risks
  • Passing on experiences and doing prevention
 Protection against terror and crime
New threats have arisen: Some workplaces can be targets for terror attacks. Therefore, terror protection initiatives have been taken.

Traffic hubs such as harbours, airports, metro stations, sports arenas are possible targets, as are large companies that produce components for military use.
  • Is your company either directly or indirectly affected by anti-terror initiatives?
  • Are there emergency precautions?
  • Are there procedures you should inform the apprentice about and possibly train him/her in?
 Protecting data
A growing danger is unsafe management of digital data. And not only for companies with information technologies as their main business, because today practically every company has sensitive data. Such as:
  • The customer database
  • New prices for the coming year
  • Technical product details (drawings, measures, colour codes, etc.)
  • Documents about the company’s strategy
  • Personal information about employees
These data have to be protected against damage, loss, computer virus infection, abuse from spies or competitors, etc.
Be also aware of that the numerous new types of mobile devices have increased the danger for theft, loss and/or hacking.

Each country has a general data protection law. For the European Data Protection Directive, click here:  The Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (implemented in 1995).

Furthermore, each company should have a data protection policy: How to handle and to protect company-specific data and employee-specific data?

Check with your apprentice:
  1. Explain your company rules and safety procedures.
  2. Which recommendations does your company have for password creation, filing documents and making security copies?
  3. How do the employees have to take care of their professional personal mobile phones, net books and lap tops, when working outside of the company?
 Safety for customers and suppliers
Rules for having safety stewards in companies differ between the countries. Possibly your safety steward has been involved in formulating regulations and safety procedures for visitors or for visiting other companies.
  • Explain the background to the apprentice!
  • Give the apprentice a list of rules!
  • Describe the personal protection equipment that may be necessary to issue to your customers/suppliers!
  • Describe your company’s "no admittance" rooms, if any!
 Safety for the environment
People who are exposed to and possibly endangered by our work, usually have no influence on the matter.

For example, we move through the public sphere, when we, as artisans, visit a customer or, as drivers, transport dangerous goods on the highway.

All professions try to avoid inconvenience and danger to others, by, for example:
  • Safe traffic behaviour
  • Safe handling of goods
  • Appropriate waste management
  • Proper purchase of raw materials and ingredients
  • "Safety before speed"
  • Proper work tools
Probably also your trade has ethical rules and associations, where you can find information and help.

8 - Safety and working climate