This week is OSHA's National Safety Stand Down, which is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of fall prevention and fall protection. This is a voluntary event and serves as an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, safety policies and goals.
Workplace injuries and illnesses cost workers their lives and have resounding economic effects. Recent statistics show workplace injuries cost employers $60 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs in 2016.
That’s why ongoing safety training is so important to saving lives and ultimately your business. The goal of ongoing safety training is to create a level of awareness about safety issues and how to deal with them as well as instituting a culture that nurtures confidence in being able to respond effectively during an emergency.
Though we’re coming off a pretty mild winter in the Mid-Atlantic Region, there is much excitement and anticipation about the warmer months ahead. For some workers, however, rising temperatures can be challenging. Depending on the type of work performed, and the equipment worn, heat can be the catalyst for serious injury.
Will a Safety Incentive Program motivate employee safety?
Proponents for Safety Incentive Programs believe that incentives are an essential tool for any organization, regardless of size or industry, in promoting workplace safety. Incentives build and maintain employee interest in working safely and act as a motivator for employees to work safer.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 "to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." For OSHA to succeed in this mission, companies must be in compliance with its safety standards.
Failing to be in compliance and violating these standards can be very costly to the lives of your employees and the livelihood of your business. This past August, the cost for workplace safety violations increased by 78%, which marks the first time the rate has increased since 1990. The current maximum penalty of $7,000 for serious, other-than-serious and posting requirements increased to $12,471 per violation and repeated violations increased from $70,000 to $124,709 per violation.
A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Examples of hazardous materials include chemicals, toxic agents, corrosives, combustible or flammable chemicals.
Hazardous materials can damage the skin, lungs and eyes and in extreme cases cause explosions and fires. It is important to ensure your employees understand the dangers of hazardous materials, know how they should be stored and wear the proper protective equipment when exposed to them.
We avoid the large tankers rolling down our highways displaying warnings of Hazardous Materials. We see metal drums in warehouses and gated facilities with bold signs alerting us to harmful chemicals. We hear on the news about train derailments and chemical spills that impact the area and sometimes lead to large scale evacuations.
Hazardous chemicals are all around us. And more workers than you might think are exposed to these chemicals every day.
There are many things to be aware of when loading and unloading a truck and many people don’t know or choose to ignore. From 2005-2010 in Washington State alone, there were 12 fatalities due to improper truck loading/unloading.
Avoid injuries and fatalities by implementing the following safe truck loading and unloading techniques:
As Spring approaches, the threat of severe weather comes with it. This is the time of year we hear about tornadoes, powerful thunderstorms and sometimes flooding. As we look ahead to weeks of warmer weather and major changes, it’s important that employees who are exposed to the elements are ready and protected from what could come their way.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 40% of workers injured, have been on the job less than one year. Why are new workers more likely to be hurt?
The main reason given is a lack of safety information provided by the employer. In a BLS study of workers injured while operating power saws, nearly one in five said that no safety training on the equipment was provided.