Forklifts allow one employee to do the work of several by moving large quantities of materials and handling awkward loads. With the benefits of improved materials handling, the potential for serious injury and death also increases. The sheer mass of a forklift can be equivalent to a full-size sedan and, although speeds are relatively low, that mass makes the potential for accidents a very serious issue in the workplace.
What do the Holidays mean to you? Do you think about time with your family, time off of work, lots of food and presents, snow falling and carolers caroling? Those are all highlights of the holiday season! What a lot of us don't think about, however, is how we can maximize the bright highlights of the holiday season all while minimizing the potential hazards that go hand-in-hand with this time of year.
In today's work climate, respiratory protection seems to be involved in all areas of safety, from the Construction Industry with issues surrounding the new Silica Standard requirements to indoor air quality in the General Industry arena. Having a good respiratory protection program could potentially prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses every year.