Safety Topics

Fall Safety - Safety Briefing - Week #41 - October 2021

Fall is a favorite season for many. Relief from the summer heat, leaves changing beautiful colors, holiday seasons approaching, and favorite fall flavors make fall a great season to enjoy. This week we are going to cover some of the hazards the season can present and more importantly how to avoid these hazards so this time of the year can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Reducing the Effects of Eye Strain: Safety Briefing - Week 40 - September 2021

As the trend for many workplaces moves 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 Briefing - Week #39 - September, 2021

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.

Safety Action Teams: Safety Briefing - September 17, 2021- Week 38

Safety teams or committees may have many different names for many 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.

Fatigue in the Workplace: Safety Briefing - September 10, 2021

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 Briefing - September 6, 2021

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.

First Aid & Wound Care: Safety Briefing - August 27, 2021

Many times, the smallest first aid incidents 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 infection, and what to do if a wound becomes infected.

Fatigue in the Workplace: Safety Briefing - August 20, 2021 - Week 34

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.

Material Storage Safety: Safety Briefing - August 13, 2021 - Week 33

After last week's discussion on storage safety in the office setting, this week we're diving a little deeper into storage safety practices for the industrial setting. Even the best of the best Tetris masters are often challenged when it comes to not only finding room to store objects of many shapes and sizes but doing so in a safe manner. This week we will share some safety tips and best practices for storing materials in your workplace.

Office Work Area Safety

Many workers think that the office environment is the safest workplace area. But, some of OSHA’s Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations can occur in an office environment, such as Falls, Hazard Communication, and Electrical Hazards. A safe office workplace requires hazard control, good housekeeping, and safe work practices. This week we'll talk about how to organize the office area, prevent falls, maintain storage, protect electrical equipment, and inspect the facility.

Recycling Hazardous Waste: Safety Topics - July 2021 - Week #6

After last week's briefing regarding the safe and proper disposal of old batteries, this week we are continuing our conversation on how to safely recycle other universal waste. From outdoor pesticides to household lamps, the EPA has very specific guidelines for universal waste disposal. This week, we are going to talk about the best practices for disposing of everyday universal waste.

Battery and Electric Waste Recycling: Safety Topics - July 2021 - Week #5

When a battery in your home or office dies, do you know the right way to get rid of it? Or even what the most sustainable option is? With so many wireless electronics in our lives, it’s important to know what to do with your dead batteries. This can vary based on what they are used for. This week we are going to talk about disposing of batteries properly.

Ergonomics: Safety Topics - July 2021 - Week 3

Ergonomics literally means “the rules of human strength. Engineers interested in the design of work environments originated the word in the 1950s. Today, the purpose of ergonomics in the workplace is to create a better match between the workers, the work they perform, and the equipment they use. A good match increases workers’ productivity and reduces ergonomic injuries.

Injury Prevention: Safety Topics - June 2021 - Week 4

This week our safety briefings will review tips related to the injuries and near misses that happen most often in our workplace. They are incidents that we easily overlook when we’re busy or tired or both. In our efforts to eliminate all injuries from our workplace, focusing on preventing these “minor” incidents will also help keep “major” incidents from happening. Remember, all injuries affect everyone.

Lock Out Tag Out: Safety Topics - June 2021 - Week 3

If equipment is not properly shut down before maintenance, injuries such as the following can occur:
- a jammed conveyor belt that suddenly releases can crush the worker releasing the jam
- a steam valve in a working area may release unexpectedly and burn nearby workers
- or wiring on equipment may short if the electrical current has not been disconnected and shock the worker.
This is why following Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedures is so important even for minor machine or equipment maintenance.



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