Safety Topics

Incident Reporting: Safety Topics - July 2020 - Week 1

Reporting a minor injury may seem trivial at the time. Maybe it’s just a small cut or a slip on a slick floor. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? It’s happens in everyday life. But what if one day someone it badly cut by that same piece of machinery thatbarely grazed you or someone slipped and injured themselves in that exact same spot you slipped yesterday. Or to give another scenario, what if you sustain a minor cut but keep working through and don’t properly clean the wound and it becomes infected. Itmay seem unlikely, but these preventable injuries happen every day. This week we will discuss taking the extra steps to protect yourself and your co-workers by reporting workplace safety incidents.

July 4th Safety: Safety Topics - June 2020 - Week 4

America’s Independence Day is a one of the favorite holidays to celebrate for many American. It’s a day for family, friends, hot dogs, fire works and lots of fun. However, with any summertime celebration, there are also potential hazards involved. This week we will discuss some of these hazards and how to avoid them to make sure your holiday doesn’t end in disaster.

Heat Safety: Safety Topics - June 2020 - Week 2

Summer has arrived and it’s heating up out there! It’s time to start thinking about how to keep your employees and co-workers safe in their work environment with temperatures increasing. Summer comes every year yet somehow it seems to arrive before we are ready. This week we will discuss heat related illness, tips for hot weather safety and have an open discussion about ways you can prepare in the workplace. Amidst the turmoil of 2020, we can’t neglect the basics in keeping each other safe.

Energy Management: Safety Topics - June 2020 - Week 1

Recent events have put extra strain on many business and individual budgets over the last few months. One way to help alleviate the strain is to cut out or reduce excess expense. This week we will focus on reducing energy consumption which could have a twofold benefit of reduced costs and reducing your environmental footprint.

LOTO: Safety Topics - May 2020 - Week 4

Most people know that industrial equipment can be dangerous when it’s being used. That’s why machines are designed with safety equipment and operators wear personal protective equipment when using them but machinery can also present hazards when it’s not in operation. As long as energy sources such as electricity, natural gas, steam, pressurized water, and compressed air are attached to the machine, a hazard exists. Workers who maintain or repair the equipment, or who will be working in close proximity to it, need to be made aware of these hazards and recognize that steps have been taken to protect them.
This week we will review the 6 steps to conduct a proper lockout & tagout so everyone involved, maintenance and operators, understands how to stay safe.

Electrical Safety: Safety Topics - May 2020 - Week 3

Despite the extreme recent changes in our everyday lives, the world is still turning and our everyday activities are continuing at some level. In the modern era electricity is nearly everywhere you go. We often take advantage of it and sometimes don’t give it the consideration it deserves. Electricity is a powerful tool but can be deadly if not handled properly. May is electrical safety month so this week we will be focusing on understanding the basics of electrical safety.

Lathe Safety: Safety Topics - May 2020 - Week 1

Even during a global pandemic, many of us are still working and doing so in the safest manner possible. It is important to stay safe and healthy now more than ever. Many machinist jobs are considered essential because the operations they perform play a vital role in the overall operations of a business.
A lathe is a vital piece of equipment for many machinists and if not operated properly, a lathe has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. This week we will discuss risk assessments, the recommended guarding and tooling guidelines, proper PPE and safety attire, and the training required to safely operate a lathe.

Lathe Safety: Safety Topics - May 2020 - Week 1

Even during a global pandemic, many of us are still working and doing so in the safest manner possible. It is important to stay safe and healthy now more than ever. Many machinist jobs are considered essential because the operations they perform play a vital role in the overall operations of a business.
A lathe is a vital piece of equipment for many machinists and if not operated properly, a lathe has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. This week we will discuss risk assessments, the recommended guarding and tooling guidelines, proper PPE and safety attire, and the training required to safely operate a lathe.

Stress in the Workplace: Safety Topics - April 2020 - Week 4

The coronavirus has affected nearly every person, either directly through illness or by the precautions put in place to prevent the spread of the illness. These circumstances and changes can lead to increased stress in your workplace. Awareness of the effects of stress and how to cope in a healthy manner is important.
This week we will discuss what stress is, commons signs of distress, how to help each other, and what steps you can take to care for yourself. Lastly, we will have an open discussion about your thoughts and feelings regarding current circumstances and how to get through this as a team.

Wellness Checks: Safety Topics - April 2020 - Week 3

If your company is not already conducting wellness checks, there is a good chance you have visited a facility that is conducting them. This is a part of the “new normal” of today’s society. These measures are coming into effect as an effort to protect our citizens.
This week we will discuss the purpose of a wellness check and best practices on conducting wellness checks at your workplace.

COVID-19 Terms: Safety Topics - March 2020 - Week 5

Ever since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, new terms are constantly used by the media and health professionals when trying to communicate information to the general public. The technical name for this virus is SARS-CoV-2 and the respiratory disease it causes is coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
It is easy to hear an unfamiliar term and misunderstand its meaning so this week we will discuss the most commonly used terms, what they mean, and how you can better understand the situation in your area based on the terms used.

COVID-19: Safety Topics - March 2020 - Week 3

Many workplaces are facing challenges as a result of the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. With restaurants, gyms, and other entertainment centers closing across the counter, education and communication are critical tools in preparing for and reacting to this situation.
This week we are going to review some commonly asked questions, discuss the preventative steps workplaces can take, and provide resources to help you gather more information.

Safety Action Teams: Weekly Safety Topics - March 2020 - Week 3

Safety teams or committees can have different names within different organizations, but the overall idea is similar. For this week’s training, we will refer to them as safety action teams. Having a group of dedicated individuals throughout your company that are focused on injury prevention can have a tremendous positive impact on your efforts to make your workplace safer.
This week we will discuss recommendations for forming an effective safety action team, roles and responsibilities of the safety action teams, best practices, and the benefits to creating safety action teams.

Spring Safety: Weekly Safety Topics - March 2020 - Week 2

Spring time is almost here which means sunshine and warmer temperatures. However, along with all the fun, spring brings in its own share of hazards. Spring is a great for time outdoors and getting active but taking an extra minute to consider safety can prevent accidents and injury.
This week we will discuss common spring time activities, safety hazards and preventative measures.

Safety Rules: Weekly Safety Topics - March 2020 - Week 1

Safety rules are put in place to protect people. Many safety regulations are created as a result of an injury occurring within a workplace. Many people pay a high price for these regulations with their lives, limbs, and blood.
If you’ve ever heard the term “it’s written in blood”, that’s a very true statement when it comes to safety rules. These rules are put in place to prevent terrible events from happening again. This week we will discuss why these rules exist, the tools used to implement them, and what organizations create and enforce these regulations.

Cell Phone Safety: Weekly Safety Topics - February 2020 - Week 4

Cell phones are critical tools that allow employees to communicate and share digital information. However, cell phones are also a source of distraction that can create potential hazards within the workplace.
This week we will discuss how inappropriate cell phone usage can create or increase hazards and ways to responsibly manage cell phone usage to improve workplace safety.



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