Posts Tagged: safety

Safe Behaviors: Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention

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Slips, trips, and falls are a common type of accident in general industry. While management has a responsibility to make workplaces as safe as possible, employees also have a responsibility to report any hazards they find and to follow safe work practices to minimize risk. Follow the slip, trip, and fall prevention plan. Complete all… Read More »

Ladder Safety

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Four rules cover safe use of ladders. They are: – Pick the right ladder for the job you are going to do. – Make sure the ladder is in good condition. – Set up the ladder correctly. – Work safely on the ladder.   Let’s examine these rules one at a time.   Pick the… Read More »

Fall Protection – More Precautions

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Falls disable 400,000 workers each year. Use caution to avoid falling accidents. If you are on ground level: Watch out for slippery spots such as oil, grease or water spills. Use aisles. Don’t take shortcuts through storage and machinery areas. Look out for objects on the floor that can roll, slide or trip you. If… Read More »

Dealing with Workplace Drug Abuse

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Estimates from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) indicate that in 2007:  13.1 million (75.3 percent) of the 17.4 million adults classified with substance dependence or abuse were employed full-time. Of the reported 55.3 million adult binge drinkers, 44 million (79.4 percent) were employed. Of the reported 16.4 million people heavy use of alcohol, of… Read More »

Critical Safety Behaviors

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Unsafe behaviors or decisions are usually contributing factors in incidents. Sometimes an unsafe behavior increases the severity of injuries; other times, it is simply a key determinant in causing the incident. While employers also have a large responsibility to control hazards for their employees, the role employees play is vital. If you understand the hazards… Read More »

Accept it- It’s Yours

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“Accident prevention is everyone’s responsibility.”   You have probably heard the above TRUE statement more times than you can remember! Safety has to be the responsibility of every one of us. No one person can constantly watch, guide, and instruct every operation every day. Our organization’s management team is very concerned with your safety. However,… Read More »

A Safe Worker’s Promise

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Personal commitments you can live and work by: I anticipate possible dangers in any given operation and make every effort to analyze and avoid them before starting work, including immediately communicating such to my direct report. I am careful when using tools and use them only for the purpose for which they were designed. I… Read More »

Proper Lifting Technique

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Follow these tips to avoid compressing the spinal discs or straining your lower back when you are lifting:   Keep a wide base of support. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other. Squat down, bending at the hips and knees only. If needed, put one knee to the… Read More »

Heat Illness

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When the body is unable to cool off by sweating, heat-induced illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur. These illnesses are very serious and can sometimes result in death. High temperatures, humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition, some medications, and inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces… Read More »

Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention – Housekeeping and Spill Response

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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 »