Protecting your employees can be a challenging proposition. The modern workplace can be a loud and dangerous place that exposes your workers to hazards that are unique to your workplace. For this reason it's critically important that managers and employees alike understand what they can do to ensure each employee goes home safely after every shift.
OSHA recently announced its list of the most frequent workplace violations at the 2017 National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Indianapolis.
NSC president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a press release that "the OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe and when we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day".
These thoughts are perfectly in line with our mission at Arbill, of ensuring each employee goes home safely after every shift and with that in mind we have provided the list below along with tips to keep your employees safe.
When you hear the phrase, “disaster in the workplace,” you think of big explosions, massive fires and horrible accidents. These associations make sense as the effects of disasters, after all, are huge. However, the steps you can take to prevent these large-scale calamities are small, simple and unfortunately often forgotten or ignored.
As the leading provider of safety services, safety training, safety technology and safety products, Arbill is saving lives every day at worksites throughout the United States. An award-winning supplier of all-things safety, for almost 75 years, Arbill's clients have counted on us to make sure their employees go home safely after every shift.
About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
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.
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.