Unsafe Act and Unsafe Condition
What is Unsafe Act and Unsafe Condition?
Unsafe acts and unsafe condition contribute to many accidents and injuries and must be addressed as an important safety issue. Arguably it is the single most important safety issue that exists. Unsafe act is an element of unsatisfactory behavior immediately prior to an accident event which is significant in initiating the event. A hazard eg.: risk taking, short cuts, carelessness, lack of attention, horseplay etc. while unsafe condition is unsatisfactory physical condition existing in the workplace environment immediately prior to an accident event which is significant in initiating the event. A hazard eg.: slippery floor, broken glass, unguarded machine, trailing cable, low lighting levels etc (John Gilbertson). Now let’s have a look on the examples below:
Unsafe Act – Performance of a task or other activity that is conducted in a manner that may threaten the health and/or safety of workers.
- Operating without qualification or authorization.
- Lack of or improper use of PPE.
- Failure to tagout/lockout.
- Operating equipment at unsafe speed.
- Failure to warn.
- Bypass or removal of safety devices.
- Using defective equipment.
- Use of tools for other than their intended purpose.
- Working in hazardous locations without adequate protection or warning.
- Improper repair of equipment.
- Wearing unsafe clothing.
- Taking an unsafe position.
Unsafe Condition – A condition in the work place that is likely to cause property damage or injury.
- Defective tools, equipment, or supplies.
- Inadequate supports or guards.
- Congestion in the workplace.
- Inadequate warning systems.
- Fire and explosion hazards.
- Poor housekeeping such as slippery floor and improper storage
- Hazardous atmospheric condition.
- Excessive noise.
- Poor ventilation.
- Misuse of fire protection equipment
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