Many of the things people choose to do in life are fueled by one great desire: to feel safe. At home, at school or while traveling, everybody needs to feel like they have control over this very important aspect of life. Since we invest so much energy and resources in trying to feel safe, it’s only natural that we do the same when choosing a place to work in.

To that end, here are some important steps to follow in order to identify a secure work environment and maintain your own safety while at work:

Ask questions before you say yes

When meeting with a prospective employer, don’t be afraid to ask the important questions. How will your own safety be guaranteed while doing said job? Make sure you inquire about everything related to this topic, including safety equipment, safety training sessions and procedures. This will help you identify the place that is best suited for you, and help you know whether it is safe or not. Remember, the safer you feel, the better you’ll be at your job.

Know the risks

Knowing what can go wrong is a great tool for fighting danger. Don’t underestimate any potential workplace hazards and see to it that your employer doesn’t either. Also, try to be aware of new work hazards as they appear.

Play by the rules

Once you decide to accept a job, make sure you know every one of the ‘house’ rules. In order stay keep safe, abiding by the rules is one of the most important things you must do. Also, try to encourage everybody around you to do the same.

Your training is important

All companies should offer their employees safety training sessions. These are crucial in helping you recognize and defuse a potentially dangerous situation. Remember, training sessions are great for providing safety-related information, so don’t be afraid to ask questions whenever you attend one.

Speak up when you’re feeling unsure

If performing a certain task puts you in an unsafe situation, make sure you notify your supervisor. If you think that a situation may be too dangerous or too difficult to perform safely, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Use appropriate equipment only

Depending on your line of work, you should be familiar with all the elements designed to keep you safe, including safety gear, mechanical aids and the various safety handles that the machines in your line of work may come equipped with.

Know the safety procedures

Make yourself an emergency procedure expert: find out where the safety exits are, locate the fire extinguishers and fire hoses and participate in all the emergency evacuation drills. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Be vigilant and communicative

When it comes to safety, it’s OK to be a telltale. Make all your concerns about safety known and have a supervisor check any situation that might be dangerous. Report injuries and hazards and make sure you inform management regarding any defective machinery and/or utilities. If you’re more experienced, try to help newer co-workers or anybody in need by talking to them about safety procedures and proper actions.

Clear your mind

From your mind to your work space, try and keep everything clean and organized. A clean work space creates a more pleasant work atmosphere, it helps you concentrate and be productive without any special effort. Obviously, you should never work while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, sobriety is key when it comes to identifying and avoiding a dangerous situation.

Respect your breaks and reduce stress

Never underestimate the need for a break. Moments of rest can help restore your mind, so enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and try to focus on something relaxing for a few moments in order to ensure a positive work attitude. Listen to your body and avoid stress as much as you can, and always try to get a good night’s sleep after a hard day at work.

As you can see, there are a several important things you can do in order to feel safer at work. Keep in mind that safety is not a game, so always be aware of what can go wrong and what you can do in order to avoid any dangerous situations at your workplace.