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Observing Posture to Improve Ergonomics

ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders

4 min read Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) occur frequently in the workplace and in 2011 accounted for a third of all injuries and illnesses reported, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries result in time away from work and lost productivity, which significantly impact employers in addition to employees. In 2009, MSDs …

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Accident Investigation – Root Cause Analysis

hazard vests, accident investigation

5 min read When an accident occurs at your facility and an employee gets hurt, a quick assessment of the situation might find the employee wasn’t wearing proper PPE or wasn’t following procedures. This could lead accident investigators to conclude that the employee in question needs to be reminded about complying with safety …

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Buy Quiet Program Can Prevent Hearing Loss

4 min read Did you know the most common work-related injury in the United States isn’t back injuries or sprains? It’s actually noise-induced hearing loss, and 22 million workers experience noises in the workplace that are loud enough to cause hearing damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When …

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The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls

hazard control, PPE

5 min read Many employers turn to personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep workers safe around hazards. Safety glasses prevent flying debris from injuring workers’ eyes, safety gloves protect employees’ hands from chemicals and fire-resistant clothing protects those who work close to flames or hot objects. PPE should actually be the last line …

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Cleaning Chemical Safety Information

4 min read When you think about hazardous chemicals in the workplace, the first ones that come to mind may not be cleaning chemicals. Chemicals used for cleaning, though, can pose a number of hazards to worker health and safety, especially for workers who use them on a daily basis like janitorial staff. …

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How Much Does an Ergonomic Injury Cost?

4 min read Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), also known as ergonomic injuries, are very common in American workplaces. The 388,060 cases of WMSDs that occurred in 2012 accounted for 34 percent of all workplace illness and injury reports that year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Musculoskeletal disorders include injuries to nerves, …

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Rules for Exit Routes – OSHA Standards 1910.36 and 1910.37

means of egress

4 min read An exit route might seem like one of the simplest parts of a workplace. Just look for the exit sign and head for the door, right? In theory that may be true, but technically speaking, exit routes must have specific features and meet detailed OSHA requirements. OSHA has begun focusing …

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6 Reasons to Invest in a Visual Workplace

safety sign, danger sign

5 min read A visual workplace uses tools like safety signs, labels, floor markings and other visual cues to communicate information quickly. This information may alert people to hazards, serve as a reminder or provide instructions. You may think your workplace doesn’t need added visuals. Maybe you have a good safety record and production …

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How to Select Ergonomic Hand Tools

hand tools, hand safety

6 min read When people think about hand safety they often think about gloves. And rightly so: gloves help prevent cuts and scrapes, keep out chemicals and protect against extreme temperatures. Hand safety doesn’t just involve hazards related to the skin, though. Ergonomics play a significant role in hand safety over time, and …

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5 Ways to Motivate Employees

3 min read It’s a common issue facing employers of all industries: “How do we motivate our staff?” The reason it’s so common is because there is no clear answer or perfect solution to the puzzle that is, motivation. Its no secret that a motivated employee is an incredibly valuable asset to your …

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Respiratory Protection 101

3 min read What you need to know: Respiratory 101 Respirators are a worker’s first line of defense against areas with insufficient oxygen, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. Without the proper protection, these can all lead to fatal situations. Workers that have been exposed to these hazards have suffered …

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