Tips for Conducting Safety Inspections

During an inspection, identify unsafe conditions and activities that may cause injury or illness, so you can take corrective measures. Follow these guidelines: -Use a checklist to ensure that your inspection is thorough and consistent with previous inspections. -Ask yourself what hazards are associated with the job that you are observing or that would be…

Overexertion

Overexertion causes 35% of all work-related injuries and is the No. 1 reason for lost work days. Regular exercise, stretching and strength training can prevent injury. Likewise, ergonomic assessments can ward off ergonomics injuries, often caused by excessive lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching or stretching. (Source: National Safety Council)

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide becomes toxic when there is too much of it. This is especially true in confined areas. Excess carbon dioxide will also displace oxygen in the air and can asphyxiate workers. Proper ventilation is essential to reduce the risk.If there is a risk of overexposure to carbon dioxide, you should: Monitor the amount of…

Gloves

Wearing appropriate gloves can reduce the risk of cuts, burns, and other injuries. Workers are responsible for providing their own gloves unless the employer identifies a hazard that requires additional hand protection.

Hand Sanitizer Fire Hazards

Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer (ABHS) contains ethyl alcohol, which readily evaporates at room temperature into an ignitable vapor, and is considered a flammable liquid. Although the incidence of fires related to ABHS is very low, it is vital that ABHS is stored safely and that bulk dispensers are installed and maintained correctly. Follow local and…

Written Equipment-Specific LOTO Procedures

According to OSHA, employers must develop, document, and use specific procedures to control potentially hazardous energy when employees are servicing equipment or machinery. This requirement applies to all equipment, unless there is a single energy source and no potential for stored energy. The exceptions to the OSHA rule are rarely validated that the net result…

Iscocyanates

Isocyanates are compounds containing the isocyanate group (-NCO). They react with compounds containing alcohol (hydroxyl) groups to produce polyurethane polymers, which are components of polyurethane foams, thermoplastic elastomers, spandex fibers, and polyurethane paints. Isocyanates are the raw materials that make up all polyurethane products. Jobs that may involve exposure to isocyanates include painting, foam-blowing, and…

Wearing FR Clothing for Electrical Arc Flash Protection

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT - Flame-Resistant Apparel & Underlayers• FR apparel MUST be visually inspected BEFORE each use • FR apparel that is contaminated or damaged MUST NOT be used. • Protective items that become contaminated with grease, oil flammable liquids, or combustible liquids MUST NOT be used • The garment manufacturer’s instructions for care and…

The Impact of Crashes

Every seven seconds someone is injured in a car crash and every 15 minutes someone is killed in one. Employers absorb costs associated with these crashes whether they occur on or off the job. Workplace policies and employee education can help protect your employees, your organization and your community.  (Source: National Safety Council)

Skid Steer Loaders

Skid-steer loaders present a number of risks to workers. The two main types of injuries caused by skid-steer loaders are rollovers on soft or steep ground and crush injuries when safety features have been bypassed or removed, and during maintenance.

Hazards on Dairy Farms

Dairy Farming has hazards not found in other industries and some that are common to many employers. Hazards on the farm must be identified, communicated to employees and managed. Employees must be trained and provided appropriate tools and PPE to protect themselves. Hazards on the farm include: -All Terrain Vehicles (including collisions, rollovers, and carbon…

Increasing Worker Knowledge

Take advantage of your frontline workers' and health and safety committee members' knowledge by including them in health and safety activities. This sends a message that safety is a joint responsibility and everyone has a role to play. Some examples of activities to engage in together, to get everyone at the workplace thinking and talking…