The danger of hand and power tools is evident in the 400,000 emergency room visits they account for each year, but many of those emergency room visits are caused by misusing tools and not working safely. When used correctly and with the proper safety measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of an accident.
Some of the most dangerous situations arise out of common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Today we will focus on some of the more common (and commonly overlooked) safety issues that should be prevented to help improve safety performance.
Not everyone knows what Bloodborne Pathogens are, or that they can change our lives tremendously if we don't take the preventative measures to protect ourselves from them. So what exactly are Bloodborne Pathogens? BBPs are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. Some examples of some BBPs are HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, West Nile Virus, Malaria, and Ebola.
We've all seen it before - the landscaper using a line trimmer as it throws rocks, grass and dust, all the while the user is squinting trying to protect their eyes. Or, my favorite, the carpenter using a powered circular saw to rip down a piece of ply wood with their eyes closed. What do both of these examples have in common? They are all "hoping" they don't get anything in their eyes and sustain a nasty injury. It's amazing when people do these types of things, assuming that they won't get hurt. However, the simple addition of a pair of ANSI Z87 rated safety glasses can make a world of difference.