With fall upon us, I sit drinking my coffee on the back porch listening to the rustling of the leaves and can't help but get the itch to string up my bow, clean my gun and get my gear treated. September is a month when all hunters fill the shops, by their tags and stock the cabin. Countless times though, a number of hunters will completely disregard their own safety in the hopes that the freezer back at home will once again be full. As one strolls through the aisles of hunting gear, the vendors pile on the importance of high visibility and keeping your feet dry. However, one hazard still looms, and is the leading cause of hunting related injuries and deaths nationwide.
September is Emergency Preparedness month and in light of the issues we as a nation have just witnessed with hurricane Harvey, we are focusing on how to prepare for a hurricane. In many ways, this is accomplished the same at work and with your family.
Most facilities harbor many more hazards than people think, and they are completely willing to overlook those hazards. Let's focus on some common safety issues that should help improve safety performance. Below is a list of common safety mistakes:
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?