Workplace Safety

  • Forklift Safety Facts: Education and Training are Key

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    If forklifts are in operation in your facility, it’s imperative that you keep workers using those forklifts, as well as those who work in the same area as the forklifts, safe from injury. The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends that employers provide training and certification to workers who operate forklifts. That training should be comprehensive and include a wide range of topics, such as: Operating instructions, warnings and precautions Read More

  • Create a Safe Culture: Preventing Workplace Bullying

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    Workplace bullying is defined as “a pattern of behavior that harms, intimidates, undermines, offends, degrades or humiliates an employee, possibly in front of other employees, clients or customers.” Workers who are bullied can suffer from many problems, such as stress and depression, sleep disorders and reduced self-esteem. Bullying can also have a negative impact on companies in the following ways: loss of productivity; possibility of investigations, grievances and Read More

  • 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

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    The alliance between OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and Lamar Advertising Company will continue, ensuring further collaboration that will promote OSHA programs and workplace safety. Lamar has and will continue to highlight OSHA and its safety campaigns on outdoor billboards throughout the U.S. In just the last two years, OSHA messages have been shown on almost 100 billboards. To learn more about the alliance, click here. Wrongfully Terminated Read More

  • Stay Warm: How to Protect Workers from Cold Weather Hazards

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    In many parts of the country, it’s starting to get cold. Winter officially begins next week. If your workers are exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time, they are at risk for such health conditions as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. Extreme exposure can also lead to death, in some cases. OSHA notes these warning signs that a worker may be suffering from an illness related to Read More

  • Keep Alert: Ways to Keep Shift Workers Safe

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    Shift workers are those who don’t work the traditional 9-5 schedule. They work late evening and/or early morning hours, which can be difficult for the human body to cope with. Sometimes, shift workers have trouble sleeping during the daylight hours and that can make them more tired when they are on the job. Being fatigued at work can be dangerous, and it’s important for shift workers to be as Read More

  • Detective Work: Conducting an Incident Investigation on Your Job Site

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    One way to identify hazards in your workplace is to investigate all incidents that occur. Those incidents, as defined by OSHA, can include a fatality, injury, illness or close call (a “near miss”). By focusing on the cause of an incident, employers can identify and correct the cause. They can also boost workplace morale and improve productivity by showing workers that their employers are dedicated to creating a Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the American Red Cross are continuing their alliance to reduce accidents in the workplace and protect workers from being exposed to hazards. The focus of the renewed five-year alliance will be on information and training on emergency preparedness, disease prevention education and first aid. Learn more here. Recycling Company Faces Fines for Forklift Accident A recycling company faces fines of $84,000 after 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

  • How to Make a Workplace Safe: Your Safety Inspection Checklist

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    One way to identify hazards and ensure your workplace is safe is to conduct workplace safety inspections. These inspections should be a collaborative effort among supervisors, employees, safety coordinators and safety committees. A safety inspection should include a review of processes, equipment, workplace environment, employee training and emergency plans. Safety inspections should be conducted every six months and should be done by employees who are familiar with the area Read More

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