When you know how injuries occur in the workplace, you can put in place prevention measures. The most common hazards are from chemicals, fires, repetitive motion, electricity and fall related injuries. Keeping your employees safe can ensure a happier, more productive workplace. Build safety policies that address the specific hazards in your workplace.
As we go through our days, we all miss several common mistakes simply because we are not paying attention, or we are too busy with other things. Below are five common mistakes that companies make for one reason or another but that would pay big dividends if followed.
Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace illnesses and injuries. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, personal protective equipment must be provided to employees. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with physical, electrical, chemical, radiological, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses, shoes/boots, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, vests, coveralls, and full body suits.
It’s finally summer! Barbeques, baseball games, concerts, pool parties, hanging out on the beach… these are the activities we’ve been looking forward to doing all winter long! The only thing you have to worry about is tan lines and keeping ice in the cooler, right? Unfortunately, while the sun and warm weather allows us to take advantage of the outdoors, excessive heat, sweating, and not keeping properly hydrated creates down side to fun in the sun as well.
According to the CDC, Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the first 30 years of American's lives. The most effective way to prevent death, and our best defense in a car crash is to wear our seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives. Though many Americans understand why wearing a seat belt is critical (in fact, seat belt use is actually on the rise), and it is against the law to not wear your seat belt, nearly 27.5 million people still don't wear them. Here are the top 5 things (according to the NHTSA) that you should know about wearing a seat belt: