June is National Safety Month, as recognized by the National Safety Council , and each week they are focusing on a different safety topic. This week's focus is on ergonomics and how by taking action you can help to prevent injuries in your workplace.
June is National Safety Month, as recognized by the National Safety Council, and each week they are focusing on a different safety topic. This week's focus is on active shooters and workplace violence prevention.
Workplace violence is a serious problem, with homicides representing the fourth leading cause of workplace fatalities. Approximately two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, and it’s become a growing concern for both employers and employees nationwide.
The summer season is upon us, and that means workers are exposed to stifling outdoor temperatures, while on the job and similar dangers in hot indoor environments. Operations involving high-air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, or strenuous physical activities have a high potential for causing heat related illness.
Heat related illnesses, including heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke are caused by prolonged or intense exposure to hot temperatures. As your body works to cool itself under extreme heat, blood rushes to the surface of your skin and as a result less blood reaches your brain, muscles and other organs. This can interfere with both your physical strength and mental capacity and if not identified and treated properly can lead to death.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.9 million recordable non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Private sector industry in the USA in 2016. In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.
In the workplace, pedestrians can be employees, members of the public, contractors, or workers visiting from other offices. Pedestrian accidents involving vehicles are one of the main causes of workplace fatalities - in fact, 36% of forklift accident victims are pedestrians. But vehicles aren’t the only potential hazard for employees.
Pedestrians can also be exposed to potential harm in their workplaces from falling objects or slips, trips, and falls. Visitors to your office (e.g. delivery drivers) are especially at risk as they are unfamiliar with your workplace operations.
With the help of OSHA, the National Safety Council and Arbill, your workplace injury rates have been steadily decreasing. The question is, does your responsibility end there?
As the business owner or manager, you might initially think that your corporate responsibility for safety initiatives ends in the workplace and that your employees safety at home isn’t your problem. This however is not the case.
Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month and focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
Understanding workplace safety and accident prevention really all comes down to context. Even though it might be somewhat easy to blame human error for the root cause of most workplace accidents, that’s really just the beginning. With further investigation, you’re likely to uncover many factors that contribute workplace accidents.
The human factor, while not the cause of workplace accidents, is the key to finding out how workers’ actions are influenced by other aspects of the workplace. When you evaluate interactions between all the elements of the workplace -- people, workplaces and management systems -- it makes understanding the worker’s decision at the time of the accident more clear.
Having workers’ compensation coverage is extremely important for employers, especially those in industries where employees are at a daily risk for injury. Every employer wants to improve their safety program and reduce incidents. For new employers, the cost of workers compensation coverage can be staggering to say the least and this often unplanned cost can be a major setback to the business.
As summer rolls around again, it is important to remember the dangers associated with the returning heat. Every year, thousands of workers nationwide suffer from serious heat-related illnesses (HRI).
There are a number of illnesses related to overheating, each with a different degree of seriousness. These illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat rash, and heat edema.