Preparing for Winter’s Cold Blast
Winter is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to prepare for ice, snowstorms and extremely cold temperatures. Slips and falls due to ice and snow are a leading cause of injuries to your employees during the winter. Additionally, the below freezing temperatures can pose problems to your buildings, especially to the water and sprinkler pipes.
Confined Spaces in Construction Work: OSHA’s Final Rule
In this newsletter we share information on OSHA’s new standard for construction work in confined spaces. Will you be in compliance with the new standard by your state’s deadline? Read on to learn more.
Accident Reduction Through Good Housekeeping
Housekeeping is not just about cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly and keeping aisles, floors and stairs free from slip and trip hazards. The removal of waste (paper, cardboard, containers, used chemicals) from the work area is valuable in reducing accidents. Housekeeping requires focusing attention on important details in the workplace such as layout, aisle markings, adequacy of storage facilities and maintenance. Maintaining “order” throughout the day requires a great deal of planning and management.
Experience has shown that good housekeeping is an essential and effective part of a safety and health program. Effective housekeeping helps eliminate workplace hazards and promotes a safer, more efficient work environment. Poor housekeeping can contribute to accidents by hiding hazards that cause injuries.
Summertime Workplace Safety
Outdoor workers face special risks associated with the sun, temperature, and insects. Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts and skin cancer. Heat-related illnesses can occur when working in hot and humid conditions. West Nile virus, though rare, can be contracted through mosquito bites, and Lyme disease can be caused by a bite from an infected tick. Read more to learn about precautions workers can take to protect themselves against these risks.
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Read more to learn about what contributes to eye injuries and how to protect your vision.