PPE

  • See Clearly: How to Keep Your Eyewash Stations Healthy

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    While eyewash stations are meant to prevent further injury when a worker's eye is exposed to a hazardous substance, these stations can actually cause harm to workers if they are not properly maintained. According to OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration), water found in poorly maintained eyewash stations can contain organisms that cause infections. Those organisms are Acanthamoeba, Pseudomonas and Legionella, and they can produce a wide Read More

  • Hands Down: Hand Safety Tips You Need to Know

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    Cuts, sprains, strains, fractures, burns, amputations—these are all injuries that can occur on hands. How do you ensure that your workers protect their hands when performing their job duties? Do you encourage the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? How else do you promote hand safety on the job? Because our hands are so important for work and for life, it’s important that your workers take the proper precautions Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A furniture retailer faces $431,000 in OSHA fines for failing to protect workers from machine hazards. The retailer faces more than $1.8 million in fines issued earlier in the year at other locations. This recent citation was given after OSHA found that the company didn’t implement procedures to prevent machines from unintentional start-ups when operators changed tables, cleaned machines and cleared jams. The company also failed to ensure machine operators Read More

  • Avoid Contaminants in the Air: Develop a Respirator Program for Your Workers

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    Respirators help protect workers from inhaling dangerous chemicals and particles in the air. They help workers by filtering particles from the air, chemically cleaning (purifying) the air, or by supplying clean air from an outside source. Because there are many different types of respirators and different reasons to wear them, it is helpful to have a respiratory protection program in place so your workers know exactly how Read More

  • Protect Yourself and Your Workers: The Top 10 OSHA Violations to Avoid

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    Are you not sure where you and your organization should focus your safety efforts? Here’s a place to start: The 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015 were announced at the recent National Safety Council Congress & Expo. NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman notes how the list “is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety Read More

  • Hazard Assessment and Control: Building a Safer Workplace

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    When working to create a safe workplace for all of your employees, one place to start is by conducting a hazard assessment: identify existing and potential hazards before they harm anyone. Then, use controls—actions to eliminate or lower risks—to manage those hazards. OSHA offers these suggestions on how to prevent and control hazards: Regularly and thoroughly maintain equipment Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place Ensure that everyone knows how Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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      OSHA investigated and subsequently fined a cabinet manufacturer for 21 serious safety violations following a worker’s death due to acute exposure to wood dust. The manufacturer was found to have exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion and amputation. In addition to the serious violations, there were two other violations. The OSHA citations were machine guarding violations; inadequate guarding for shafts, belts and pulleys; insufficient housekeeping to address accumulating Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was Read More

  • It’s Electrical Safety Month: Protect Workers Against Arc Flash and Other Electrical Hazards

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    The Workplace Safety Awareness Council defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” A person located near an arc flash can be seriously injured or killed. An arc flash can be caused by a variety of things, such as dust, dropping tools, accidental touching, condensation, material Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA Issues Final Rule for Confined Space in Construction Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule for confined space in construction, increasing protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The new rule offers construction workers similar protection to that of manufacturing and general industry workers. Differences unique to construction include requirements that ensure multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards. For more information about the Read More

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