Safety Topics

Heat Safety: Safety Brief - June 20, 2022

Summer has arrived and it’s heating up out there! It’s time to start thinking about how to keep your employees and co-workers safe in their work environment with temperatures increasing. Summer comes every year yet somehow it seems to arrive before we are ready. This week we will discuss heat related illness, tips for hot weather safety and have an open discussion about ways you can prepare in the workplace.

LOTO: Safety Brief - May 23, 2022

Most people know that industrial equipment can be dangerous when it’s being used. That’s why machines are designed with safety equipment and operators wear personal protective equipment when using them but machinery can also present hazards when it’s not in operation. As long as energy sources such as electricity, natural gas, steam, pressurized water, and compressed air are attached to the machine, a hazard exists. Workers who maintain or repair the equipment, or who will be working in close proximity to it, need to be made aware of these hazards and recognize that steps have been taken to protect them.

Ergonomics: Safety Brief - May 16, 2022

Ergonomics literally means “the rules of human strength. Engineers interested in the design of work environments originated the word in the 1950s. Today, the purpose of ergonomics in the workplace is to create a better match between the workers, the work they perform, and the equipment they use. A good match increases workers’ productivity and reduces ergonomic injuries.

Injury Prevention: Safety Briefing - April 11, 2022

This week our safety briefings will review tips related to the injuries and near misses that happen most often in our workplace. They are incidents that we easily overlook when we’re busy or tired or both. In our efforts to eliminate all injuries from our workplace, focusing on preventing these “minor” incidents will also help keep “major” incidents from happening. Remember, all injuries affect everyone.

Home Emergency Weather Preparedness: Safety Briefing - March 14, 2022

Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time. Have your own emergency response plans when you're at work, at home, on vacation, or on the road. When you face a natural or man-made emergency, try to stay informed through the radio, TV, or Internet. In some cases, communication becomes nearly impossible when cable, electric, and cell phone services are disabled. This week, we will discuss weather preparedness in the home and the kinds of emergency supplies you should keep on hand.

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle: Safety Briefing - March 7, 2022

As we know, doing our part by reducing, reusing, and recycling can reduce our environmental impact in terms of waste, but it can also save money, energy, and natural resources. This week, we will discuss each of these three strategies for decreasing our resource consumption and observe small changes we can make in our daily lives to contribute to our overall wellbeing.

Reducing the Effects of Eye Strain: Safety Briefing - February 28, 2022

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.

Slips, Trips, and Falls: Safety Briefing - February 21, 2022

I’m willing to bet nearly everyone who is reading this safety brief has experienced a slip, trip or a fall. Sometimes on a completely flat surface for not reason other than daydreaming or not paying attention to your surroundings. These events are unavoidable, however with the proper practices and situational awareness, these incidents can be greatly reduced, and your workplace can avoid more serious injuries. This week we will discuss why it is important to talk about slips, trips and falls, common causes, and some best practices to reduce these incidents in your workplace.

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