Safety Topics

Substance Abuse: Safety Topic - March 4, 2024

Substance abuse can have a devastating impact on a person’s life including in their workplace. Misuse of drugs or alcohol among US workers create costly medical, social and other problems that affect both employees and employers. Substance abuse by employees threatens not only the safety of the employee but the safety of their colleagues as well. This week we are going to dive into the issues that arise due to substance abuse, contributing factors to substance abuse and lastly prevention methods for deterring substance abuse issues in your workplace.

Ergonomics: Safety Topic - February 26, 2024

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34% of all lost-workday injuries and illnesses are work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). WMSD are a result of a bad match between the worker, the work they perform and the equipment they use. More common names for WMSD include repetitive stress injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, tennis elbow, white finger, and the most common of all, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Incident Reporting: Safety Topic - February 19, 2024

Reporting a minor injury may seem trivial at the time. Maybe it’s just a small cut or a slip on a slick floor. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? It happens in everyday life. But what if one day someone it badly cut by that same piece of machinery that barely grazed you or someone slipped and injured themselves in that exact same spot you slipped yesterday. Or to give another scenario, what if you sustain a minor cut but keep working through and don’t properly clean the wound and it becomes infected. It may seem unlikely, but these preventable injuries happen every day. This week we will discuss taking the extra steps to protect yourself and your co-workers by reporting workplace safety incidents.

Choking First Aid: Safety Topic - February 12, 2024

Choking in the workplace, at a restaurant or at home is not an uncommon occurrence. In adults, choking most commonly occurs during mealtimes when a piece of food becomes lodged in the throat. This can be a very scary experience for the choking person as well as bystanders that may not feel equipped to help the person. This week we will provide information on basic first aid for a person who is choking so you can feel more prepared to help yourself and those around you.

Reducing the Effects of Eye Strain: Safety Topic - January 29, 2024

As the trend for many workplaces move towards remote work, more and more time will be spent in front of the computer screen. We need to shift our thinking about safety to consider less than obvious safety risks like eye strain. The average person spends 6-9 hours of screen time a day, the tips we will discuss this week will help reduce the effects of eye strain despite the many hours of screen time often required for remote work.

Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls: Safety Topic - January 21, 2024

Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) including forklifts and other powered material handling vehicles are extremely common in the workplace. So common that often they get taken for granted. However, when not handled properly, these powerful machines can cause major damage to workers and the workplace. This week, we will cover the basics of powered industrial truck safety.

Powered Industrial Truck Safety: Safety Topic - January 15, 2024

Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) including forklifts and other powered material handling vehicles are extremely
common in the workplace. So common that often they get taken for granted. However, when not handled
properly, these powerful machines can cause major damage to workers and the workplace. This week, we will
cover the basics of powered industrial truck safety.

Laser Safety: Safety Topic - December 11, 2023

The application of lasers has become standard in many different types of industries. As with any new addition to the workplace, safety should be considered first and foremost. With the proper procedures and safety measures in place, lasers can create excellent innovations to improve all aspects of the job including safety if implemented correctly. This we will look at the hazards associated with laser use, how lasers are classified, and what control measures should be implemented to keep employees safe.

Mental Health: Safety Topic - December 4, 2023

Traditionally mental health has not been a topic commonly addressed in the workplace. However, that trend has begun to change. Because mental health is so integral to a person’s overall wellbeing, it’s importance as a workplace topic of discussion is significantly increasing. This week we are going to take some time to discuss the basics of mental health in your workplace.

Sleep Deprivation: Safety Topic - November 20, 2023

How many hours of sleep are you getting each night? The amount of sleep you need varies with age and health, but 7-9 hours is recommended for healthy adults. However, most people do not come close to this many hours, leading to tiredness and fatigue throughout the day.

Sleep is necessary for your body and mind to recover so you can tackle each day at your full potential. Too little sleep puts you at risk for accidents and careless mistakes on the job and at home. This week we will discuss the adverse effects of fatigue and mitigating fatigue in the workplace, as well as identifying and managing it the second it hits.



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