Fall Protection Around Openings and Holes


Fall protection is critical near ledges, manholes, catwalks, windows and other openings and holes. Falls are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the workplace, and here we give tips on how to avoid them. Good fall protection around openings and holes can come from removable and permanent railings, toe boards, floor hole covers and floor marking tape. Fall arrest systems may be required, depending on worker height. PPE such as a …

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Fall Protection – Residential Construction


Fall protection is critical. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in construction. In residential construction, risks can sometimes be underestimated because heights aren’t as great as in commercial construction. But short falls can be fatal. If a worker will be six feet or more above the next lower level, OSHA requires a system to arrest or prevent falls. There are three conventional systems: A guard rail, a net, and personal fall arrester. …

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Respirator Safety Basics


Respirator safety increases if you know the basics. Here we talk about both types, air purifying and atmosphere supplying. Respirators don’t filter out everything. Some are designed for dust, others chemicals, still others for biological agents. Air purifying respirators come in three subcategories. Some are disposable or reusable. Others are powered and push breathable air to the user. Atmosphere supplying respirators are used in facilities with impossibly bad industrial hygiene. The supply air through a …

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Chemical Safety


Chemical safety in the workplace requires solid cooperation between management and employees. Workers must wear the proper PPE, which will vary based on the chemicals being handled. To maintain industrial hygiene, employees must follow procedures for handling chemicals, based on the company’s HazCom, the Hazard Communication Plan. All workers should know procedures in case of a chemical spill. Chemicals require labeling according to GHS universal safety standards, and understood by non-english speakers. Safety Data Sheets …

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Tool Safety


It’s easy to forget how dangerous tools can be. They’re around every worksite, in constant use. But tool safety is everyone’s responsibility. Training is the first step in tool safety. Employees can’t be expected to know the proper operation of a tool. Train them on even basic tools, but especially power tools. Maintain tools to ensure tool safety. Lubrication prevents overheating and seizing. Proper storage keeps tools from becoming trip hazards or falling objects. Also, …

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Occupational Hearing Loss Prevention


Loud sound in the workplace can sneak up on people causing hearing damage. 60% of workers are exposed to sound so loud, they could suffer occupational hearing loss. Managers and employees should be award of the three kinds of dangerous sounds, continuous, intermittent and impulsive, and how to protect hearing from them with their PPE. Companies can avoid occupational hearing loss for employees by reducing the noise levels, providing hearing protection and conducting annual hearing …

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Falling Object Risks


Falling object hazards can be hidden in plain sight. They’re a threat in many businesses, not just warehouses or construction. In this Safety Brief, we detail three risk reduction steps to help eliminate injury from falling objects. #1. Operations assessment. Do a general inspection of your facility

. #2. Review departments, people and their positions, and consider PPE, personal protective equipment. #3. Write up specific details. Put the evaluation into an action plan. TRANSCRIPTS: (:00) intro …

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Loose Clothing Hazards


Keep clothing tucked and tight! If not, workers could be pulled into a machine. Baggy pants, neck ties and untied shoe laces are just a few examples of loose clothing hazards in the workplace. Untucked shirts, unzipped jackets and other flapping items may be drawn in to belts, shafts, gears, pulleys, chains, or other rotating, reciprocating, or moving parts. Loose clothing may also catch fire, or cause a person to slip and fall. Training workers, …

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Stop Lower Back Injuries


One million people have back injuries in the workplace every year, according to OSHA. And most of those injuries are from lifting below the knees or over the shoulders. Storage of materials above 1.5 ft and below 5 ft could reduce risk. Employers could order lighter supplies—in 50 lb bags instead of 100 lb bags, for example. Requiring heavier materials be moved with a hand truck or forklift can also help eliminate back injuries. PPE …

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Foot Protection


Helmets, ear protection, eye protection are all important. However, safety managers must ensure foot protection is a priority too. The foot is susceptible to many dangers at a jobsite. OHSA warns of punctures, crushing, sprains, slips, trips and falls. Feet can also be injured from electrocution, chemical burns and frostbite. Shoes or boots that offer protection from hazards should be worn as necessary. Protective footwear features include insulation to protect from heat and cold, and …

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