Work Safety Calendar

  • Hazard Communication: An Overview

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    Learn the Basics of GHS A Louisiana food processing plant was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on June 18, 2014, for allegedly exposing employees to levels of carbon monoxide that were at least four times above the permissible exposure limit. Additionally, the company received two serious violations for failing to develop and implement a written hazard communication program Read More

  • The Perils of Working with Electricity

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    An employee was operating a pneumatic-powered machine when the equipment malfunctioned. The employee determined that the air compressor was not working properly. After inspecting the compressor, he concluded that the problem was due to a blown fuse in a nearby electric panel. Reaching into the panel box, the employee attempted to remove one of the fuses. He was electrocuted and died instantly. — OSHA Accident Read More

  • 10-Point Employee Respiratory Training Checklist

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    Regardless of the type of respirator that employees wear, they must receive training on the following:   ___ Why a respirator is required ___ Capabilities and limitations of the respirator ___ Procedures for inspecting the respirator ___ How to properly put on, take off and use the respirator ___ How to check the seal of the respirator ___ How to use the respirator in an emergency situation — and what to do if the Read More

  • Respiratory Protection Can Be a Lifesaver

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    Many workplace hazards are easy to spot if we know what we’re looking for. The same cannot be said for toxic atmospheres. Airborne contaminants pose unique hazards; they’re often invisible, as well as odorless. Employees may be inhaling dangerous substances and not even know it. The key to safety in such environments is respiratory protection. By law, employers must provide respiratory protection to employees who work in hazardous Read More

  • Ergonomics and the Workplace

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    According to the most recent numbers compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders account for 34 percent of all injury and illness cases in the workplace. Ergonomics-related conditions are a leading cause of lost workdays among all employees. Ergonomics Defined Ergonomics is the study of employees and their work environment. When there is a poor fit between employees and their work environment, the result can be Read More

  • Steps to a Safe Lockout

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    Lockout/tagout procedures can vary from machine to machine or site to site. However, there are some general steps that should be always be followed: 1. Prepare for shutdown by notifying all affected employees that lockout is about to occur. 2. Shut down the machine or equipment using normal stopping means, such as a stop button at the production control center. 3. Disconnect or isolate the machine from its energy source; Read More

  • A Lesson on Lockout/Tagout

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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) is meant to protect the more than 3 million employees who service or maintain machinery from severe injury or death. OSHA estimates that complying with the standard prevents about 120 fatalities and 50,000 employee injuries each year. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, many companies fall short in this area and must face the consequences. In 2013 Read More