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.
There are hundreds of safety slogans and quotes that demonstrate the importance of workplace safety. Often, it’s these sayings that stick in our minds and help us remember to adhere to their messages and use safe workplace practices. These quotes or slogans can be used in memos, displayed on bulletin boards and featured in employee newsletters to help raise awareness in your organization.
Machinery in the workplace can be of great benefit if used correctly and safely. Heavy machinery easily completes many tasks in a timely manner, but these machines are also capable of causing great harm if you don’t know how to use them properly. Misusing heavy machinery leads to a variety of serious workplace injuries and fatalities.
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.