An unsafe act is defined as the performance of a task or other activity in a manner that may endanger the health and/or safety of workers. For example, a lack of or incorrect usage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Inadequate tagging or locking out. Failure to follow safe work practices. Unauthorized access to restricted areas or equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a list of common workplace hazards. To protect workers from these hazards, employers are required by law to take certain steps to prevent injuries caused by them. These steps include: installing security devices such as door locks and panic buttons; providing information on how to perform safe tasks; and training employees in safety procedures. Employees must be informed about what risks there are at their place of employment and given the opportunity to choose whether or not they want to engage in conduct related to those risks. For example, an employer might post warning signs about heavy machinery located in restricted areas before hiring someone to do demolition work outside of normal business hours. If an employee engages in an unsafe act, employers should take all possible measures to prevent further injury from occurring.
OSHA has established a national database of hazardous occupations. This database includes information about dangerous conditions or activities that may occur in the workplace. Employers are required by law to assess the risk of each job within their workforce and determine whether it falls under one of these categories.
An unsafe act is described as any activity by workers that is not in accordance with the established safety standard or practice and that can or is likely to create accidents or danger to self or others at the workplace, damage equipment, or cause losses to the company in terms of reputation and income. Common examples include: working while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failing to follow safe work practices such as wearing protective gear like helmets when required by law, and performing job tasks outside of one's training or experience.
In addition to being unsafe, many other actions may be considered violations of workplace policy. For example: breaking rules such as those listed below, acting without permission, and interfering with another employee's job duties are all common causes for disciplinary action against an employee. Violations of policy can also lead to legal action being taken against an employee. For example, an employer may legally fire an employee for insubordination if the employee refuses to comply with a reasonable order from their supervisor. Employees who believe they have been wrongfully terminated should consult an attorney before filing a claim with their employer's insurance carrier.
Many laws protect employees' rights to safely do their jobs. For example: employers cannot require employees to work during hours not permitted by federal law, cannot withhold taxes from their employees' wages or use other means to control how much an employee earns, must provide notice and opportunity to correct performance problems, etc.
Unsafe acts are committed when an employee fails to follow safety standards and practices. Fighting, horseplay, and executing a work without the proper safety equipment are examples of such acts. Employees who commit an unsafe act may be reprimanded or even terminated.
In addition to being unsafe, some acts also violate company policy. For example, it is policy at Apple to wear protective gear when handling hazardous substances. If an employee removes his or her protective clothing or equipment without properly disposing of waste materials, they have violated this policy and should be disciplined or fired. Employees must be aware of their responsibilities under Apple's safety policies.
Apple has established a zero tolerance policy for violence against employees. Violence includes threatening another person, physically attacking someone else at work, and committing any other act that creates a danger to others. Employees who engage in violence toward others will be discharged immediately.
Apple also has a drug-free workplace program. Drug use by employees can affect their job performance and lead to dismissal. Therefore, Apple conducts random drug tests for its employees.
Employees are required to keep their work areas clean and safe. This includes cleaning up after themselves and keeping work areas free of harmful chemicals. Those who fail to do so could be exposed to serious health risks such as cancer.