Audits, Analysis, and Assessments – The Trilogy

Worker conducting inspection with clipboard

4 min read What would you imagine someone saying if they were told to perform a job hazard analysis? What about a risk assessment? Heaven forbid the company has to have someone come in for a safety audit! Hopefully there aren’t too many disagreeable groans when this news is relayed to employees. In fact, those three safety procedures should be welcomed into the workplace as they have the potential to save lives and eliminate hazards in work environments—whether …

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Keeping Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Clean

Worker wearing clean PPE

3 min read Personal protection equipment, or PPE, is critical for keeping people safe in the workplace. There are many different types of PPE available, each of which is designed to provide a specific type of protection to the person wearing it. While some PPE items is designed to be used once and then disposed of, most of it is able to be used many times as long as it is not damaged. For reusable personal protection equipment, …

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Mining Safety: What You Need to Know

5 min read Visual communication is essential to occupational safety and this is especially true if the workplace is a notoriously hazardous mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires that mine operators follow safety guidelines to reduce the risks of safety hazards. Mines should also employ visual safety tools such as safety signs and labels to increase safety awareness and keep operations in the workplace running smoothly. The visuals you post in your mine will depend …

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Visual Communication 101

3 min read Visual communication is one of the most effective and widely understood forms of communication, and that is especially true in facilities and warehouses. There is a plethora of places and spaces in a workplace to add visual cues: the wall, the floor, shelves and racks, pipes, wires, machines, and virtually any surface. Why Go Visual? Visual communication is the foundation for a safer workplace and is a crucial component to many Lean strategies. Hazards and …

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The Dangers of Shift Work

Factory Lights

5 min read Shift work refers to any type of non-daytime work shift. Night workers, those who work very late or very early and workers who have a rotating work shift are all considered shift workers. According to the American Psychological Association, almost 15 million Americans work night shifts at least some of the time, which makes them susceptible to fatigue and other problems. Shift work is common in many industries including manufacturing, health care, security, transportation, hospitality …

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Construction Sites Pose Hazards to the Public, Not Just Workers

Building

6 min read Plummet, a new game for iPhones, requires players to navigate the path of a person who has just fallen down a deep construction hole. Users move the person by tilting their phones to the right or left and they try to accumulate as high a score as possible. So what does this have to do with workplace safety? The game is based on the experience of the game’s developer, Mark Major, who fell into an approximately …

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Occupational Carcinogens

Safety Label

4 min read Some occupational cancer-causing agents such as asbestos are well known and well documented. Asbestos fibers in the air can get into the lungs and cause cancer even decades later. Many other carcinogens are present in workplaces too, though, which don’t have household names. According to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom, the world’s largest professional health and safety membership organization, more than 50 substances are known or probable workplace carcinogens. …

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Provide Safe Walking Surfaces

Wet Floor Warning

5 min read Walking through the workplace may seem like a simple task that doesn’t require much attention. It’s often that type of thinking that leads to an environment where workers experience slips, trips and falls too frequently. According to OSHA, the majority of accidents in general industry are the result of slips, trips and falls, and these accidents cause 15 percent of accidental deaths in the workplace (which is second only to work-related motor vehicle accidents). Many …

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How to Clean Contaminated Work Clothing

Laundry

4 min read In many industrial and construction workplaces, contaminated clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) are an everyday occurrence. Dust, dirt and more hazardous contaminants such as lead and asbestos can cover workers, making their protective gear or clothing dangerous. Too often, employees carry these contaminants home on their clothing, getting the materials into their cars and homes where it can impact the health of their families and friends. A study performed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety …

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Using a Staffing Agency? You Still Have Safety Responsibilities

To-Do List, Safety List

5 min read It’s becoming more and more common for companies to employ temporary workers from staffing agencies, especially at large worksites. Companies decide to use staffing agencies for many reasons, sometimes because doing so is cost-effective or helps cover periods of higher production. One of the problems with this rising phenomenon is that when workers at a jobsite are employed by more than one business, it’s easy for safety and safety training to fall through the cracks. Employers …

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