As we start a new year with fresh goals and initiatives created to drive our organizations forward, consider making this the year of keeping workers safe and elevating a culture of safety.
George Costanza knew the importance of hand safety. In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, George becomes a hand model and becomes overly protective of his hands. In typical George fashion, he manages to sustain a hand injury and ruins his modeling opportunity. For a laugh, check out this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxX3-rJoNI.
We know that electricity is essential to our way of life. At work, some employees -- engineers, electricians, electronic technicians, and power line workers work directly with electricity. Others work with it indirectly. Perhaps because it has become such a familiar part of our daily life, we don't give much thought to how much our work depends on a reliable source of electricity. More importantly, we tend to overlook the hazards electricity poses and fail to treat it with the respect it deserves.
Each week I try to touch on a safety topic that provides information of value. This week, I’d like to focus on something that has inspired me personally and our team at Arbill.
Winters can be a challenge for many of us from a health and safety standpoint. And it seems like every year we lose more people to cardiac arrest in the winter performing strenuous activity – like shoveling.
As a privately-held and award-winning safety products and services provider, it’s important that we don’t just talk the talk when it comes to keeping employees safe. We need to walk the walk by ensuring that not only the employees of those we serve make it home safe every day, but that our own Arbill employees are safe in the workplace.
In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has made revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
It’s the middle of an average work day. You’re at your desk, stressed and upset about something. And then the unthinkable…You feel a deep chest pain that buckles your knees. The elephant in the room is now on your chest. You need immediate help. But knowing your coworkers as you do, could any of them save you?
Whether they are old chestnuts passed down from traditional safety views of yesteryear or based on pure misconception and ignorance, present-day myths abound concerning workplace safety.