Winter presents a number of challenges, both indoors and out, in the workplace. Winter weather can make travel to and from work dangerous and colder temperatures can cause health problems for employees. It is important to take the necessary steps to protect your employees and prevent injuries.
Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in regions that get a lot of snow and ice. Additional preparations can help make a trip safer, or help motorists deal with an emergency. Use the safety information provided below to help your employees prevent motor vehicle injuries and to arrive home home safely.
Arbill works hard all year to keep you and your employees safe so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of each and every day. It is with this commitment to safety in mind that we want to provide some tips to ensure everyone gets through the Thanksgiving holiday safely.
We urge you to take a few simple precautions to prevent home fires and to be prepared for common health emergencies that may arise this holiday.
With wild fires burning out of control in California, it is a reminder that we all have to be vigilant about fire safety. From a workplace perspective, fire safety has come a long way since the tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, that killed 146 garment workers -123 women and 23 men, in 1911. Today, there are standards put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to guard against hazards like locked fire exits and inadequate fire extinguishing systems.
However, according to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers each year and costs businesses more than $2.3 billion in property damage. Explosions and fires account for 3% of workplace injuries and have the highest casualty rate of all probable workplace accidents.
Unexpected explosions and fires in the workplace are frequently caused by risk factors such as faulty gas lines, poor pipefitting, improperly stored combustible materials or open flames. These incidents cause damage to the respiratory system, varying degrees of burns and potential disfigurement.
OSHA recently released its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA.
OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so you can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up.
The rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited standards is nearly identical to last year’s list, with the only difference being that Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) is a new addition to the list.
OSHA requires employers to provide employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. This is the crux of workplace safety and Arbill’s initiative to get every worker home safely after every shift.
Workplace injuries and illnesses are largely preventable, but workplace safety initiatives require both vigilance in safety training and inspections, along with strict adherence to all rules and regulations to be effective.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) about 76,000 office workers nationwide have disabling injuries every year. Although the most frequent types of incidents are falls (either from height, tripping or slippery surfaces), many injuries also occur as the result of contact with electrical equipment or appliances.
Almost everything in an office setting today operates on electricity. Electrical equipment used in an office, is potentially hazardous and can cause serious shock and burn injuries if improperly used or maintained. If a part of the body comes in contact with the electrical circuit, a shock will occur. The current will enter the body at one point and leave at another and this passage of electricity, can cause great pain, burns, and even death.
As CEO of Arbill, I am often asked to speak at conferences. Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, NC.
I was thrilled that WE USA included a profile of me and Arbill’s safety mission in the current issue of WE USA Magazine. The focus of the article is how I incorporate my “core tools” into my Arbill-related business dealings.
Arbill’s Manufacturing Day took place on Friday, October 5, and what a great event it was. With nearly 100 safety professionals registered to attend, we knew even before the day arrived we were going to have a special gathering.