Workplace Safety

  • Hand Safety: What Workers Need to Wear to Stay Protected

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    One important way in which employers can protect workers on the job is to provide them with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Used correctly, PPE can help protect workers from hazards they encounter while performing day-to-day job duties. According to OSHA, hazards specific to hands and arms include skin absorption of harmful substances, chemical or thermal burns, electrical dangers, bruises, abrasions, cuts, punctures, fractures and amputations. The best Read More

  • How to Reduce the Spread of Colds and Viruses in the Workplace

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    While you do your best to protect your workers while they perform their job duties in extreme cold weather conditions, it’s not always possible to protect them from getting a cold or the flu. Yet, when one worker gets sick, it’s important that employers and workers do all they can to prevent the illness from spreading to more people in the workforce. According to the Centers for Disease Read More

  • Keeping Your Workers Healthy During the Cold Weather Months

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    Winter officially begins in just days. While your region may or may not have experienced cold, winter-like weather yet, now is definitely the time to prepare your workers for the potential health hazards of working outside in the frigid temperatures and understand how to keep them safe and healthy. Cold stress is perhaps the greatest hazard this time of year. The risk factors for cold stress, according Read More

  • Ergonomics: Protect Your Workers from Musculoskeletal Disorders

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    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a main cause of lost workday injury and illness, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Bending, lifting heavy loads and operating in “awkward” body postures can all lead to MSDs.  Ergonomics can help reduce the incidence of MSDs, which can include the following: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, trigger finger, as well as muscle strains and low Read More

  • Housekeeping in Your Facility: Why a Clean Workplace is a Safe and Healthy Workplace

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    A clean workplace isn’t just an organized workplace. It’s also a safe and healthy one. You may think your workplace is clean and safe, but is it? Ask yourself these questions from the National Safety Council’s  (NSC) “cleaning quiz” to see how well housekeeping duties are performed in your facility. Are passageways kept clear? Does stacked material impeded workers’ vision? How often is combustible waste removed to minimize fire hazards? Are all Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A shipbuilder was cited for 12 OSHA safety and health violations, with proposed penalties totaling $41,500. Among the most serious violations were a lack of standard railings on all staircases (which exposed workers to fall hazards) and improperly secured gas cylinders. The shipbuilder also improperly labeled hazardous chemicals. This marks the third time in the past five years that the shipbuilder has been issued an OSHA citation. To learn about Read More

  • Creating a Healthy, Safe, Age-Friendly Work Environment

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    Today’s workforce is comprised of workers of all ages.  But older workers still do and will continue to make up a significant portion of the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in five American workers will be over age 65 by 2015. In 2020, one in four will be over age 55. Regarding safety in the workplace, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that Read More

  • Why Near Miss Reporting is So Important

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    As defined by the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a near miss is “an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage—but had the potential to do so.” Since they essentially mean an accident didn’t happen, why is it so important to report near misses? They motivate us to be more proactive in our safety measures. By knowing Read More

  • Why You Need to Create a Safety Culture: Learn How It Can Make a Difference

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    Do you want to reduce the number of accidents in your workplace and promote a more productive environment, as well? Then, you want to create a safety culture. According to OSHA a safety culture offers these benefits: Few at-risk behaviors Low accident rates Low turnover Low absenteeism High productivity Creating that type of culture is a work in progress, but employers and employees must be dedicated to the cause for it to work. OSHA Read More

  • How to Keep Your Workers Safe in Cold Weather Conditions

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    Working in cold weather conditions can be dangerous—and even fatal. Don’t put your workers at risk in the harsh winter elements. Follow these tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to keep your workers safe and injury- and illness-free while they work outside this winter: Provide workers with the proper tools and equipment to do their jobs Develop work plans that identify potential hazards and the safety measures Read More

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