Safety Topics

Sleep Deprivation: Tiredness vs. Fatigue: Safety Topics - November 2019 - Week 3

Sleep is necessary for your body and mind to recover so you can tackle each day at your full potential. Too little sleep puts you at risk for accidents and careless mistakes on the job and at home. This week we will discuss the adverse effects of fatigue and mitigating fatigue in the workplace, as well as identifying and managing it the second it hits.

Lockout/Tagout: Safety Topics - November 2019 - Week 2

Lockout/Tagout is a safety procedure that ensures power to dangerous machines is properly shut off, so that the machine will not start up again prior to maintenance or repair work completion. Anyone who operates, cleans, services, adjusts, and repairs machinery or equipment should know of the associated hazards. Any powered machinery or electrical equipment that can put people in danger is a safety hazard that lockout/tagout can prevent. Failure to lock or tag power sources on equipment can result in electrocutions, amputations, and other serious and potentially fatal injuries.

This week, we will identify the importance of preparing for lockout/tagout, the most common causes of lockout/tagout failures, and some methods to prevent injury incidents from moving machinery. We will also discuss 7 steps for proper power shutdown and shutdown verification, as well as 3 steps for safe restart.

Safe Handling and Lifting: Safety Topics - November 2019 - Week 1

Lifting and carrying are jobs that require special care and training to prevent back injuries. Whether lifting at home or on the job, make an effort to do it safely.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that back injuries account for nearly 20% of all workplace related injuries. In fact, back injuries are the second most common injuries here at EnPro. A back injury can leave you with chronic pain and hefty medical bill, so it’s important to practice safe material handling.
This week, we will discuss proper lifting techniques, awkward postures, proper housekeeping, high-frequency and long-duration labor, and quick and easy warm ups you can do to get you ready for the workday.

Eye Safety: Safety Topics - October 2019 - Week 4

Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More than 2,000 eye injuries occur at work each day and about 40% of these take place in the construction, manufacturing, and mining industries. About 1 in 10 injuries result in missed workdays. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20% cause temporary or permanent vision loss. In addition, eye injuries suffered at work cost more than $300 million per year in lost productivity, treatment, and compensation.

Experts believe that the right eye protection can lessen the severity or even prevent 90% of accidental eye injuries.

This week, we will identify the common causes of workplace eye injuries. We will also identify the types of safety eyewear, establish the differences between lenses, and learn 10 ways you can prevent eye injuries at home and on the job.

Cyber Security: Safety Topics - October 2019 - Week 3

Every 14 seconds, businesses fall victim to cyber-attacks. These attacks access sensitive information, lead to money extortion, and interrupt normal business processes. A strong cyber security defense can help prevent these attacks.
What is cyber security? Cyber security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from cyber-attacks. At an individual level, a cyber-security attack can result in anything from identity theft to the loss of important data, like government documents or family photos. On the business side, everyone relies on critical infrastructure like power plants, hospitals, and financial service companies. In 2018, Erie County Medical Center became a victim of a cyber-attack. Systems shut down and making patient treatment very difficult until the attack was resolved. Systems shut down making patient treatment very difficult until the attack was resolved.
Today, organizations spend around $500 million on cyber security each year because proper security is essential in keeping our society functioning. As individuals, cyber security is necessary for protecting our data and privacy. This week, we will identify the different types of cyber-security threats, explain the email phishing scams that are on the rise, talk about the benefits of using two-factor authentication, and discuss best practices for internet security.

Hands Safety: Safety Topics - October 2019 - Week 2

Daily tasks put your hands in direct contact with tools and equipment that can cause serious injury. Proper training is the key in preventing hand injuries from occurring.
Each year, more than $700M goes towards hand and wrist injuries. Almost 200,000 hand injuries lead to lost work time. Up to 70% of these injuries result from a lack of hand protection. This means a majority of that money is spent on treating and settling workplace injuries that are easily avoidable through proper use of protective equipment.
Before starting any task, ask yourself, “Do I know how to properly and safely operate this piece of equipment?” If the answer is no, reach out to a supervisor for help. Great safety involves safe working habits and common sense. Using the right tools and wearing protective equipment can help prevent injuries every day.
This week we will discuss all things related to hand safety protection, including: preventing cuts and burns, best practices for hammers and tools, tips for tool selection, and the do’s and don’ts of hand safety.

Reporting At Risk Situations: Safety Topics - October 2019 - Week 1

In our day to day lives, we frequently take on tasks that put us directly in the line of danger. Whether from an at-risk situation or unsafe act, incidents can happen at any moment in time. While ignoring them is easier, reporting and correcting these situations ensures the safety of others who may encounter them in the future.

The majority of the time, at-risk behaviors and situations have a low likelihood of resulting in injury. However, due to their high occurrence rate, they do have the potential to cause injury. The sooner these situations and behaviors are taken care of, the better.

This week, we will discuss why it is so important to report at-risk situations, analyze different risk levels, and establish why intervention is necessary for improving workplace safety.

Pinch Point Hazards: Safety Topics - September 2019 - Week 4

The industrialization of our daily tasks causes frequent interaction between people and machines. One major risk of this interaction is pinch point hazards. In some cases, pinch points can lead to amputation or death. In 2015 alone, workplace accidents led to nearly 3,000 amputations. An injury like this is irreversible and often times, difficult to mentally cope with. This week, we will discuss how to recognize, protect against, and work around pinch points.

Hearing: Safety Topics - September 2019 - Week 3

Of our five senses, hearing is the easiest sense to lose. Noisy work can significantly damage your hearing if done without protective equipment or ear plugs. This damage is irreversible as no technology currently exists to restore hearing.

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 10% of the workforce has difficulty hearing and one out of every four hearing difficulty cases is due to work exposures. These work related exposures are typically from loud noise but can also include chemicals that damage the inner ear. [1]

This week, we’ll talk about how noise affects our hearing, how to measure dangerous noise levels, how hearing is tested, and how to protect your ears in different ways depending upon the situation.

Ladders and Fall Protection: Safety Topics - September 2019 - Week 2

When we think of ladder safety and fall protection, we usually associate them with construction, but ladder safety and fall protection are just as important for maintenance, repairs, and everyday home improvement tasks.
A fall from any height can result in a concussion, traumatic brain injury, and in some cases, death. Ladder accidents are common at home and in the workplace and the majority of ladder deaths are from falls 10 feet or less. In 2011, ladder falls caused 113 fatalities in the workplace alone.
This week we will discuss three commonly used ladder types, how to safely use them, and safe storing and handling techniques that you can easily implement to your usage.

Gloves: Safety Topics - September 2019 - Week 1

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is like a last-resort shield from injury hazards. However, PPE does not mean invincibility. While there are many different types of PPE for breathing or eyes, gloves are the only protection your hands get. Gloves may not completely prevent all hand lacerations but they do a good job in reducing severity. Different gloves have different purposes and protect against different hazards. This week we will discuss glove signage to ensure all employees are able to recognize the right protection against abrasions, cuts, chemicals, and heat.

Silica: Safety Topics - August 2019 - Week 4

People generally take physical hazards seriously; however, what happens when hazards are invisible and their effects are not immediately noticed? Respiratory protection is often times neglected, as opposed to hearing, sight, and body protection, despite being just as important! You need your lungs to breathe just as much as you need your eyes to see and ears to hear, so why isn’t respiratory protection discussed as frequently?
This week we’ll focus on new OSHA standards for respiratory protection from silica particles and other contaminants. We’ll also talk about proper use of respirators and PPE. We’ll wrap up the week with contaminant protection at home that might surprise you.

Driving: Safety Topics - August 2019 - Week 3

What if someone on your team didn’t return to work on Monday because of a motor vehicle accident over the weekend? After a long week at work, you may want to go out with friends and family and enjoy yourself; however, weekends are the worst times for vehicle accidents. You are 30% more likely to be in a vehicle accident on Saturday than any other day of the week. While you may be driving safe and sober, you can’t guarantee that everyone on the road is too. Impaired driving is responsible for more than 10,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the U.S. every year. While you can’t control other drivers or driving conditions, you can do your part to ensure you’re being as safe as possible when in control of a vehicle.

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