So, safety glasses, hard hats, safety footwear. What does this all mean and what is PPE or personal protective equipment? In today's world of new gadgets, tools and machinery, which tend to make life easier, there is always the ever increasing risk of injury. For example, 20 years ago if you opened your garage you probably had a weed whacker, leaf blower, chain saw and hedge trimmer. All separate tools, each for a specific job. In 2017, there is now one tool available for all 4 applications! Amazing, awesome and yet still as potentially dangerous as the tools of 20 years ago. This applies to the same thought that when exposed to any hazard, we should never rely on PPE alone. I mean let's face it, just because a hard hat is worn doesn't mean the hazard miraculously disappears, does it?
As we approach mid-summer and the sun shines bright, there is no better time to highlight July as UV Safety awareness month. The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays, which are both harmful to your eyes and skin. Some of those damaging effects could include vision problems or damage to the eyes, skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, and a suppressed immune system.
According to the FBI, in 2014 and 2015 alone, a total of 40 active shooter incidents occurred in the United States. While the average number of incidents per year is increasing, the statistical risk of being affected by an active shooter is still relatively low for any given employer.
In July 2016, the National Safety Council launched an initiative on occupational fatigue. "Aside from just an increase in workplace risk, there's also long-term economic consequences," said Emily Whitcomb, senior program manager of the initiative. "NSC is tackling fatigue because as we're working toward eliminating preventable deaths, fatigue is one of the larger issues."