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Safety Rules: Weekly Safety Topics - March 2020 - Week 1
Safety rules are put in place to protect people. Many safety regulations are created as a result of an injury occurring within a workplace. Many people pay a high price for these regulations with their lives, limbs, and blood. If you’ve ever heard the term “it’s written in blood”, that’s a very true statement when it comes to safety rules. These rules are put in place to prevent terrible events from happening again. This week we will discuss why these rules exist, the tools used to implement them, and what organizations create and enforce these regulations.
OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: Safety Topics - January 2020 - Week 4
Accurate OSHA recordkeeping and prompt injury reporting helps EHS professionals and operations managers evaluate workplace safety, understand the hazards, and protect workers by reducing or eliminating future workplace injuries or illnesses. This week we will discuss an overview of OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements along with some important definitions.
Hazards Communication: Safety Topics - December 2019 - Week 3
Do you know why hazard communications is commonly referred to as “GHS”? OSHA revised their Hazard Communication Standard to align with the international “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals”, commonly referred to as “GHS”. Because of this, manufactures and distributers of hazardous chemicals changed the way they categorized the hazards of their products. Additionally, they changed the container labels and Safety Data Sheets relating to these hazardous chemicals. This week we will discuss the OSHA requirements of GHS labeling, what information is required on Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and provide a breakdown of what each GHS pictogram stands for.
Slips, Trips, and Falls: Safety Topics - November 2019 - Week 4
Slips, trips, and falls have appeared on OSHA’s number one most frequently cited standard for the past eight years. In 2018, OSHA cited 7,270 violations for general fall protection requirements and 1,982 fall protection training requirements. For the National Safety Council, falls top the list for leading causes of preventable injury related deaths. This week we will discuss slips, trips, and falls and how to prevent them in home and work settings. We will also discuss same level safety tips and winter precautions for slips, trips, and falls.
Hearing: Safety Topics - September 2019 - Week 3
Of our five senses, hearing is the easiest sense to lose. Noisy work can significantly damage your hearing if done without protective equipment or ear plugs. This damage is irreversible as no technology currently exists to restore hearing. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 10% of the workforce has difficulty hearing and one out of every four hearing difficulty cases is due to work exposures. These work related exposures are typically from loud noise but can also include chemicals that damage the inner ear. [1] This week, we’ll talk about how noise affects our hearing, how to measure dangerous noise levels, how hearing is tested, and how to protect your ears in different ways depending upon the situation.
Hidden Dangers of Home Renovations: Silica, Asbestos, and Respiratory Protection
Physical hazards are generally taken seriously, but when hazards are invisible and their effects are delayed, they go unnoticed. Despite its importance, respiratory protection during home improvement projects is often times neglected, unlike hearing, sight, and body protection. You need your lungs to breathe just as much as you need your eyes to see and ears to hear, so why isn’t respiratory protection used as frequently?
Gloves: Safety Topics - September 2019 - Week 1
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is like a last-resort shield from injury hazards. However, PPE does not mean invincibility. While there are many different types of PPE for breathing or eyes, gloves are the only protection your hands get. Gloves may not completely prevent all hand lacerations but they do a good job in reducing severity. Different gloves have different purposes and protect against different hazards. This week we will discuss glove signage to ensure all employees are able to recognize the right protection against abrasions, cuts, chemicals, and heat.
Silica: Safety Topics - August 2019 - Week 4
People generally take physical hazards seriously; however, what happens when hazards are invisible and their effects are not immediately noticed? Respiratory protection is often times neglected, as opposed to hearing, sight, and body protection, despite being just as important! You need your lungs to breathe just as much as you need your eyes to see and ears to hear, so why isn’t respiratory protection discussed as frequently? This week we’ll focus on new OSHA standards for respiratory protection from silica particles and other contaminants. We’ll also talk about proper use of respirators and PPE. We’ll wrap up the week with contaminant protection at home that might surprise you.
Support OSHA Safe + Sound Week
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is kicking off their annual Safe + Sound Week August 12-16. This week is about promoting workplace safety, implementing EHS programs, and providing organizations with resources to keep employees safe and sound on the job.
Forklift: Safety Topics - August 2019 - Week 2
Forklifts are necessary in many processes for helping humans handle heavy loads. Accumulation of traffic and loading hazards generates dangerous risks. This week, we will review risks, training importance, forklift operation and safety checks, and the importance behind reporting and fixing crossroad risks.
Ergonomics: Safety Topics - July 2019, Week 3
Ergonomics is unique to each person and work environment. The optimal ergonomic tool for one person may make no difference for another person. Ergonomics aims to optimize general processes, work conditions, and arrangements of objects in every work environment, while engineering a customized solution for each person that increases efficiency, improves work performance, and limits the risk of injury. This week we will discuss general workplace ergonomics, individual work-related injuries, and how they relate to each other.
Power Tools: Safety Topics - July 2019, Week 2
The more we work with power tools, the more likely we are to take their power for granted. An injury-free safety culture means we should look out for our colleagues by reviewing best practices with power tools: electricity, power extension cords, battery powered tools and air powered tools.
Compressed Gas: Safety Topics - May 2019 Week 1
This week, we’ll talk safe handling of compressed gas containers and safe use of compressed gas. If there’s a leak, inert gases can displace air in a large area, robbing us of breathing oxygen. Toxic gases can create poison atmospheres. Flammable gases can result in fire and exploding cylinders.
Hand Protection: Safety Topics - March 2019 Week 4
Work-related hand injuries are one of the reasons workers end up in emergency rooms and miss work. Injuries such as burns, nerve damage, finger loss, or allergic reactions can impact your work quality and productivity. Or they could end your career and seriously damage your quality of life.
Injury Causes: Safety Topics - February 2019 - Week 3
Despite a downward trend the last 5 years, workplace injuries continue to take a toll on American families and individuals. The top causes we’ll discuss this week account for 80% of all U.S. workplace injuries regardless of industry. We'll review examples of each cause and how to prevent them.
Inspections and Checklists: Safety Topics - January 2019 - Week 4
Inspections and checklists are at the core of a physical examination of the workplace and help us identify gaps, opportunities, and trends to help us run a safe and healthy business.
Top Injuries to Prevent: Safety Topics - January 2019 - Week 1
Top Injury Prevention Tips With a new year upon us, there's no better time than the present to reevaluate the safety of your workplace. Each year, tens of thousands of workers are seriously injured on the job. While some of the injuries are minor, others are more severe and long-lasting. Thankfully, many of these incidents can be prevented.
Chemical Inventory: Safety Topics - December 2018 - Week 4
Chemical Inventory Chemical inventory management is important for workplace safety, environmental protection, and emergency response so awareness of what chemicals are stored and used in our facilities, their hazards to our health and safety, and how to properly respond if there is a dangerous chemical spill or exposure is important.
Biohazards: Safety Topics - October 2018 - Week 4
Biohazards Biological Hazards are defined differently in Canada and Europe than they are in the United States. In the U.S., Biological Hazards are defined as hazards coming from a living biological source. Snake venom would be an example. They are governed by the National Institute of for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In Canada and Europe, Biological Hazards are not only biological sources, but also diseases, chemicals and toxins that can hurt a biological subject. The emphasis in “Biological” is on the subject not the source. This week, if you are in the U.S., pretend you live in Canada and Europe. Looking at safety from a different perspective improves safety awareness and helps you better protect your fellow colleagues and your family at home.
Confined Space: Safety Topics - October 2018 - Week 2
Confined Space As you can imagine, there are many different types of spaces that are considered confined spaces such as manholes, large storage tanks, hoppers, silos, vessels, railroad cars, pits, crawl spaces, and many more. This week we will discuss working safely in confined spaces.
Slip, Trip, and Fall (part 2): Safety Topic - September 2018 - Week 1
Slip, Trip, and Fall (part 2) As stated before, slips, trips, and falls are the highest reported workplace injuries. Because of this, we want to provide you with a few more tips to help you avoid these injuries!
Job Safety Analysis: Safety Topics - August 2018 - Week 5
Job Safety Analysis A Job Safety Analysis, or JSA for short, is a method to systematically identify and evaluate hazards associated with a particular job or task. This week we will discuss JSA's and how they can benefit your workplace.
Ergonomics: Safety Topics - August 2018 - Week 3
Ergonomics This week we'll talk about ergonomics and the risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). We'll also talk about identifying and preventing injuries, good rest period ideas, and our own experiences with ergonomics.
Personal Protective Equipment: Safety Topics - July 2018 - Week 4
Personal Protective Equipment is a last resort for injury prevention but what we have the most direct control over. This week we’ll talk about 5 categories of PPE: Respiratory, Eye & Face, Hearing, Foot and Hand. When you’re familiar with PPE, you’re more likely to help others remember to use it.
LOTO (Lock Out / Tag Out): Safety Topics - April 2018 - Week 2
Lock Out / Tag Out This week’s discussion is on compliance with OSHA Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) requirements. LOTO is the process to control hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.
Electrical Issues: Safety Topics - March 2018 - Week 2
Electrical Issues There are a few key rules to working safely with electrical equipment and these rules must be understood and always followed to ensure that we do not put ourselves and others in harms’ way.
First Aid Emergency Response: Safety Topics - January 2018 - Week 2
First Aid Emergency Response Major disasters do not happen often in the workplace; however, the way we handle the occasional first-aid incidents can determine how well we respond in a life-threatening emergency. This week is a great time to prepare for injuries and incidents and learn how to respond to them quickly and correctly. When disaster strikes, our "practice" can make the difference in whether someone lives or dies.