Safety Topics

Reducing the Effects of Eye Strain: Safety Topics - September 2020 - week 4

As the trend for many workplaces move towards remote work, more and more time will be spent in front of the computer screen. We need to shift our thinking about safety to consider less than obvious safety risks like eye strain. The average person spends 6-9 hours of screen time a day, the tips we will discuss this week will help reduce the effects of eye strain despite the many hours of screen time often required for remote work.

Proper Lifting Techniques: Safety Topics - September 2020 - week 3

Lifting injuries due to poor technique are very prevalent not only in the workplace but in everyday lift. Understanding simple mechanics of proper lifting could not only prevent workplace injuries but also improve your overall quality of life by decreasing your chances of a serious back injury. This week we will dive deeper into why it’s important, provide tips for preparing for a lift, discuss the do’s and don’ts and provide the basic mechanics of a proper lifting technique.

Fatigue in the Workplace: Safety Topics - September 2020 - week 2

Feeling fatigued at work is not merely an annoyance, it can also lead to serious safety incidents. There have been many serious workplace accidents that can be directly linked to overly tired employees that led to the death of many. Understanding the causes and more importantly the ways to prevent or reduce workplace fatigue is a critical factor in keeping yourself and your colleagues safe.

Choking First Aid: Safety Topics - September 2020 - week 1

Choking in the workplace, at a restaurant or at home is not an uncommon occurrence. In adults, choking most commonly occurs during mealtimes when a piece of food becomes lodged in the throat. This can be a very scary experience for the choking person as well as bystanders that may not feel equipped to help the person. This week we will provide information on basic first aid for a person who is choking so you can feel more prepared to help yourself and those around you.

Pinch Points: Safety Topics - August 2020 - Week 3

This week we are going to discuss another common source of workplace injuries, pinch points. The phrase, pinch point may not bring to mind a serious injury, however pinch points can create very severe injuries from crushed appendages or limbs to amputation.
Let’s take a look at defining what pinch points are, how to identify them, common causes of injuries and how to avoid pinch points.

Slips Trips and Falls: Safety Topics - August 2020 - Week 2

I’m willing to bet nearly everyone who is reading this safety brief has experienced a slip, trip or a fall. Sometimes on a completely flat surface for not reason other than daydreaming or not paying attention to your surroundings. These events are unavoidable, however with the proper practices and situational awareness, these incidents can be greatly reduced, and your workplace can avoid more serious injuries. This week we will discuss why it is important to talk about slips, trips and falls, common causes, and some best practices to reduce these incidents in your workplace.

Contractor Safety: Safety Topics - August 2020 - Week 1

When considering the safety culture in your workplace, it is important to take into account not just the employees on payroll but also the contractors and everyone on site performing work for your company. Getting contractors involved in your safety culture is critical to keeping everyone safe on the job. This week we will discuss the 5 cycles of the contractor lifecycle.

Knife Safety: Safety Topics - July 2020 - Week 4

Knives are a common tool in the workplace but can easily and quickly cause a serious injury if not used properly. Lacerations are one of the highest categories of injuries in the workplace. These injuries are avoidable if employees are equipped with the correct tools and safety procedures to perform their job. This week we will discuss safe work practices for knife use in the workplace.

Last Minute Risk Assessment: Safety Topics - July 2020 - Week 3

Many accidents in the workplace are avoidable and often occur during routine tasks. A worker that underestimates the hazards in their job is less likely to remained focused and take the necessary precautions to perform the job safely.
This week we will discuss a tool that can be used in your workplace to provide a final review of the task at hand to ensure employees are operating safely. This tool is the Last Minute Risk Assessment (LMRA).

COVID 19 Safety Refresher: Safety Topics - July 2020 - Week 2

Although we have taken a break from the COVID 19 discussion over the last several weeks to discuss other important safety topics, the Coronavirus is as active as ever. Cases continue to be on the rise as society attempts to reopen and reconnect. This week we will revisit some basic COVID 19 topics to refresh ourselves on ways to keep each other as safe as possible during these challenging times.

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.

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