Emergency Eye Wash and Shower - Many chemicals, such as acids and bases, are corrosive and can easily damage employees’ skin and eyes. The severity of damage depends on how strong the chemical is, how long contact is maintained, and what actions are taken after contact is made. The first 10 – 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance are… Read More »
Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention – Housekeeping and Spill Response - Housekeeping is one of the most important practices for preventing slips, trips, and falls. Obstacles and clutter are a major cause of trips, and floor wetness and contaminants are major causes of slips. Cleaning and Tidying Keep walkways and aisles clear. Remove obstacles and anything that is not necessary. Do not allow clutter or trash… Read More »
Basic Stretches - Why do we stretch? Stretching is useful for both injury prevention and treatment. Stretching increases flexibility which directly translates into reduced risk of injury. Stretching allows a greater range of motion, making you less likely to experience an injury. Stretching enhances your balance, coordination, and circulation. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Improved circulation… Read More »
The Basic’s of First Aid - The essential rules of first aid: Rule 1: Call 911 if needed.   Time is important. If it is determined that emergency medical services are needed, call immediately. Rule 2: You must be properly trained and certified in first aid and CPR in order to assist an injured person.   You may do more harm… Read More »
Power Tool Safety - Power tools can be very dangerous when used improperly. Cuts, punctures, electric shock, and burns are common consequences of accidents involving these tools. Always exercise caution when working with or around power tools. * Keep tools clean. Poor maintenance is responsible for many accidents. * Ensure that all guards are in place. * Disconnect the… Read More »
Eye and Face Protection - Safety glasses and goggles: Glasses are primarily used to shield the eyes from impacts and ultraviolet radiation. Goggles form a protective seal around the eyes and prevent objects, dust, vapors, and liquids from entering the eye. Both may incorporate prescription lenses. Both can be used in combination with other eye and face protection. Both need… Read More »
Set Up and Use of a Ladder - A major cause of falls from ladders is improper set-up. Many accidents can be avoided with common sense and good work practices. Using proper set-up techniques will give your ladder maximum stability and help ensure your safety.   PREPARING TO USE A LADDER Your first step is to rid the area of hazards. Look above… Read More »
Material Handling- Hand Truck Safety - Hand trucks are effective for reducing strain while moving heavy materials. However, injury can still occur. Use the following tips to prevent strains, trips and falls when using a hand truck. Lifting practices: Load and unload the hand truck carefully, following proper lifting technique. Always keep your back straight while lifting. Get help if the… Read More »
Extension Cord Safety - Extension cords are everywhere: Extension cords can be found in nearly all vocational settings due to the widespread use of electronic equipment and electrically powered tools. They are more susceptible to damage than fixed wiring because they are exposed, flexible, and unsecured. The normal wear and tear on extension cords can loosen or expose internal… Read More »
Cordless Power Tools - Corded and cordless drills are operated by electrical means. They each have their own safety requirements. Cordless tools have specific requirements to ensure proper functionality and ultimately worker safety. Cordless power tools can include the following: Drills Circular Saws Orbital/Belt and Circular Sanders And, other equipment Use of cordless power tools: Manufacturer instructions – carefully… Read More »