As we begin 2014, we continue our focus on safety in the workplace and making the work year even more safe than 2013.
A "spill" is defined, for practical purposes, as any oil or petroleum products, chemical or waste that is released in any manner constitutes a spill. Spills also include leaks from underground and above ground tanks.
Non-incidental releases (large spills) are considered to be emergency situations while incidental releases (small spills) are those that can be handled safely by employees in the immediate area, without the aid of a coordinated response effort from employees outside the area, would not be considered an emergency incident under 29 CFR 1910.120.
Prevention is the best method of spill control and includes:
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 from 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 had been provided.
Is there a “culture of safety” in your organization? A “culture of safety” is defined as “an organizational atmosphere where safety and health is understood to be, and is accepted as a high priority.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs were first introduced in the 1970’s but didn’t become commonplace in the workplace until the past 2 decades. They are durable, energy efficient alternatives to incandescent bulbs allowing your workplace to be more efficient and show significant cost savings. Unfortunately, the greater efficiency and cost savings come with some risks to those workers who handle, recycle and dispose of them.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2011, 4,609 people lost their lives on the job, a rate equal to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. What makes a job dangerous and potentially fatal? It can be any number of factors, including the type of work and where it's performed. According to Forbes.com and ranked by the number of deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers, the following is a list of the nation’s 10 most dangerous jobs
Each year there are approximately 1.2 million foot and ankle injuries in the U.S. These injuries cost our businesses an average of five lost work days and a combined $600 million paid in workers compensation and lost production.
Employers are not required to purchase shoes that are considered acceptable for personal use. However, if specific shoes are required that cannot be reasonably worn in everyday-life, it is the employer’s responsibility to purchase them.