Safety Topics

Winter and the Workplace: Safety Topics - February 2021 - week 3

Many southern regions of the United States received record amounts of snow and ice this past week and may not have felt fully equipped or prepared. Even for workplaces in the northern regions that experience winter weather on a yearly basis, it can be a major challenge. This week we will break down helpful tips for workplaces handling winter weather conditions.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ: Safety Topics - February 2021 - week 2

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, scientists, doctors, public health officials and governments around the world have been working to develop a vaccine to protect against the disease. Now in less than a year’s time since the disease was classified as a pandemic, we have a vaccine approved for use. This a major accomplishment in healthcare and we all hope it means an end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, however there are still some reservations by many on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. This week we will cover some of the frequently asked questions as well as provide resources where many more answers can be found.

Anti-Fatigue Matting: Safety Topics - February 2021 - week 1

Standing for long periods of time may be required based on the nature of your work but it would have long term detrimental effects to your body if proper steps are not taken to reduce the impact. Anti-fatigue matting is a popular choice to reduce the effects of long periods of standing on the body but unless implemented properly, can lead to other hazards or serve no real benefit. This week we are going to look at the health risks of standing for long periods, when, where and what types of anti-fatigue mats should be used and other measures that can be implemented in the workplace to lessen the risks.

Laser Safety: Safety Topics - February 2021 - week 1

The application of lasers in many different types of industries has boomed over the last few years. As with any new addition to the workplace, safety should be considered first and foremost. With the proper procedures and safety measures in place, lasers can create excellent innovations to improve all aspects of the job including safety if implemented correctly. This week we will look at the hazards associated with laser use, how lasers are classified, and what control measures should be implemented to keep employees safe.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Safety Topics - January 2021 - week 4

Substance abuse can have a devastating impact on a person’s life including in their workplace. Misuse of drugs or alcohol among US workers create costly medical, social and other problems that affect both employees and employers. Substance abuse by employees threatens not only the safety of the employee but the safety of their colleagues as well. This week we are going to dive into the issues that arise due to substance abuse, contributing factors to substance abuse and lastly prevention methods for deterring substance abuse issues in your workplace.

Mental Health: Safety Topics - January 2021 - week 3

Traditionally mental health has not been a topic commonly addressed in the workplace. However, that trend has begun to change. Because mental health is so integral to a person’s overall wellbeing, it’s importance as a workplace topic of discussion is significantly increasing. Also, we faced many challenges in 2020 that are continuing into 2021 that potentially impact the mental health of nearly everyone. This week we are going to take some time to discuss the basics of mental health in your workplace.

Pinch Points: Safety Topics - (January) (2021) - week 2

This week we are going to discuss another common source of workplace injury, 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.

Return to Work: Safety Topics - January 2020 - week 1

It’s a brand new year and now is the chance to start off the year right by renewing your commitment to stay safe in the workplace. Whether coming back from only a couple of days off or a couple of weeks off, it might take some adjustment to get back in the right mindset to work safely. This week we are going to discuss ways to get back in the swing of things to keep yourself and your co-workers safe as you transition back into the normal work routine.

New Years Safety: Safety Topics - December 2020 - week 4

2020 has been a particularly challenging year. Many are looking forward to ringing in the new year and filled with hope for better days to come. There are many different traditions for celebrating the incoming year but there are some common ones we will discuss this week along with ways to stay safe during these events. Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Year!

Stormwater Pollution Prevention: Safety Topics - December 2020 - week 3

Discussing stormwater pollution prevention may not be a common topic in your workplace but the more awareness you have in your facility, the better your pollution prevention program will be. Having an effective stormwater pollution prevention program requires everyone’s time and efforts. The end result of having an effective program is a cleaner environment which benefits everyone in the long run. This week we will discuss the basics of stormwater pollution prevention.

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.

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