When incidents occur at work, you are often required to act upon the situation adopting proper safety procedures. Depending on the accident at work, to prevent occupational accidents and injury, you may need to follow correct safety procedures for the disposing of glass.
What are the proper safety procedures for disposing of glass?
Unlike other day-to-day items, disposing of glass requires specific safety procedures to ensure your health and safety and the well-being of others within the workplace.
- When disposing of glass you should ensure that you wear protective equipment including gloves and substantial footwear.
- Ensure that people close-by are aware of the broken glass, use signage and keep humans and animals away from the area while you are disposing of glass.
- Firstly, dispose of the large glass pieces by picking them up and placing them into a double-bagged thick bin bag. Use a vacuum to clean up any smaller pieces and shards. Use the hose attachment, so that you are not spreading shards of glass, as you would if you used the vacuum upright.
- Do not sweep the glass with a brush or broom. Shards can become trapped in the brush and spread to other areas, potentially causing future workplace injuries.
- Use a lint roller or duct tape to pick up any stubborn shards of glass. Then clean the area with a damp cloth.
- Empty the vacuum compartment and place all other rubbish into the double bin-bags. Tie the bin bags and place them into a cardboard box. Seal the box and write ‘broken glass’ where it can clearly be seen.
- Place with general waste, to be disposed of as normal.
Accidents at work
If you have been injured at work due to poor housekeeping, or perhaps you have become injured when disposing of glass, it could be that your employer is liable for the injury you have suffered.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have over 10 years’ experience assisting victims of work-related personal injury claims, and we can advise you on whether or not you have a case that is likely to be successful if pursued.
For more information or to start the claim process, call us today on freephone 0800 689 0500. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim. Call today – we’re here to help.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown