Safety Topics

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.

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.

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.

Visitor Safety: Weekly Safety Topics - February 2020 - Week 3

Visitor safety involves not only protecting visitors but also maintaining security throughout the workplace. There are certain steps you must take before and during a visit to ensure safety is achieved.
This week we will discuss best practice for facility visitors, ways to enhance the visitor’s experience, and provide some questions to consider regarding your facility’s emergency action plan.

Influenza Season: Safety Topics - February 2020 - Week 2

It’s that time of year again, sniffles, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Sometimes, those sniffles can take a turn for the worst and become the dreaded influenza virus.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the United States had more than 15 million cases of the flu in 2019 alone! It’s easy to underestimate the dangers of the flu virus because it is so common. However, the flu can lead to hospitalization and in some cases, death.

This week we will get a better understanding of what the influenza virus is, different types of the virus, how to prevent it, and what to do if you get sick.

Waste Management: Safety Topics - January 2020 - Week 5

Each year, more than 7 billion tons of industrial solid waste are generated and disposed of by American industrial facilities alone. Promoting responsible waste management practices helps protect human health and the environment.

Being environmentally conscious and reducing our carbon footprint is necessary for the health of our planet but where do we start? This week we will discuss ways to promote environmental awareness when it comes to waste management.

OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: Safety Topics - January 2020 - Week 4

Accurate OSHA recordkeeping and prompt injury reporting helps EHS professionals and operations managers evaluate workplace safety, understand the hazards, and protect workers by reducing or eliminating future workplace injuries or illnesses.
This week we will discuss an overview of OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements along with some important definitions.

Cranes and Hoists Safety: Safety Topics - January 2020 - Week 3

Nothing is more frightening to a crane operator than a crane becoming unbalanced or collapsing due to excessive weight load. In an average year, injuries related to cranes and hoists account for approximately 1,000 lost-time work hours. Employees working with this type of equipment are exposed to great hazards which require taking extra safety precautions.
This week, we will discuss the safety rules for operating cranes, moving loads, and parking loaded cranes. We will also discuss how to properly inspect overhead cranes, hoists, and wire ropes used on hoists.

First Aid and Wound Care: Safety Topics - January 2020 - Week 2

Many times, the smallest things can have serious impacts on our health. Something as simple as a cut, scrape, abrasion, or puncture has the potential to let in germs and lead to infection. If left untreated, infections can spread to other parts of the body and cause complications.

This week we will provide you with tips on caring for your wounds, how you can decrease the chance of an infection, and what to do if a wound becomes infected.

Kickoff New Year's Safety Resolutions - Safety Topics - January 2020 - Week 1

As we kick off the New Year, now is the best time to have an open discussion on why safety is so important to you. This week we have extended our safety topic to cover two days after New Year’s Day, and to discuss this year’s safety day kickoff topic at EnPro Industries, the difference and impact of what a SafetyMyVoice is versus a Safety Share.

Holiday Safety: Safety Topics - December 2019 - Week 4

Winter holidays are right around the corner which means a nice break with friends and family is coming up! However, with the holidays come stress, distractions, and safety concerns.
During the holidays, we are distracted more than usual with festive activities such as planning dinners, purchasing gifts, hosting out-of-town family, and holiday road trips. With that being said, the holidays also can bring on additional stress that pose health and safety risks as well.
This week we will give some pointers on how to manage holiday stress and will remind everyone about decoration and ladder safety tips. We will also discuss how to prepare for wintry driving conditions and parking lot safety while traveling or shopping.

Hazards Communication: Safety Topics - December 2019 - Week 3

Do you know why hazard communications is commonly referred to as “GHS”? OSHA revised their Hazard Communication Standard to align with the international “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals”, commonly referred to as “GHS”. Because of this, manufactures and distributers of hazardous chemicals changed the way they categorized the hazards of their products. Additionally, they changed the container labels and Safety Data Sheets relating to these hazardous chemicals.
This week we will discuss the OSHA requirements of GHS labeling, what information is required on Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and provide a breakdown of what each GHS pictogram stands for.

Workplace Violence: Safety Topics - December 2019 - Week 2

Did you know that assaults are the fourth leading cause of workplace deaths? According to the National Safety Council, there were more than 18,000 injuries and 450 fatalities that occurred in 2017 alone as a result of workplace violence. Workplace violence can happen at any time. Knowing the behaviors and warning signs that indicate potential violence is necessary in order to stay safe.
This week we will discuss the causes of workplace violence, what warning signs to look for, and how to report unusual behavior. Additionally, we will discuss emergency preparedness in the case of an active shooter.

Slips, Trips, and Falls: Safety Topics - November 2019 - Week 4

Slips, trips, and falls have appeared on OSHA’s number one most frequently cited standard for the past eight years. In 2018, OSHA cited 7,270 violations for general fall protection requirements and 1,982 fall protection training requirements. For the National Safety Council, falls top the list for leading causes of preventable injury related deaths.
This week we will discuss slips, trips, and falls and how to prevent them in home and work settings. We will also discuss same level safety tips and winter precautions for slips, trips, and falls.

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