Safety Topics

Powered Industrial Truck Safety: Safety Topics - November 2020 - week 2

Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) including forklifts and other powered material handling vehicles are extremely common in the workplace. So common that often they get taken for granted. However, when not handled properly, these powerful machines can cause major damage to workers and the workplace. This week, we will cover the basics of powered industrial truck safety.

Ergonomics: Safety Topics - November 2020 - week 1

Workplace injuries related to ergonomics which lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) are among the most frequently reported cause of lost or restricted work time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSD cases account for 1/3 of all worker injury cases in the US. More importantly, MSDs caused by workplace ergonomic issues can severely impact a worker’s quality of life. This week we will take a look at what MSDs are, ergonomic risk factors, personal risk factors and controlling these risk factors to keep employees safe.

Halloween Safety: Safety Topics - October 2020 - week 3

Halloween is an exciting time of the year, full of festivities and fun! This year may look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic but that doesn’t mean fun can’t still be had with a few extra precautions. Along with this new safety concern, Halloween activities typically bring along the same hazards year after year. This week we will discuss some of those hazards and ways to avoid them so you and your loved ones can have a safety and happy Halloween.

Fire Prevention Tips: Safety Topics - October 2020 - week 2

October is fire prevention month. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more. U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences. This week we will focus on 10 basic safety tips for preventing fires in your home and reducing the risk of injury should one occur.

Care Management: Safety Topics - October 2020 - week 2

In the unfortunate event of an injury at your workplace, it is critical that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities when it comes to how best to respond. We are going to refer to this process as care management. This week we are going to provide an overview of how to implement an effective care management process in your workplace.

Fall Safety: Safety Topics - October 2020 - week 5

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 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.

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