Safety Meetings

Chemical Container Labeling

Label Containers properly

Label Requirements 

Labels are defined in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) as information provided through a group of written, printed or graphic appropriate elements concerning a hazardous chemical that is placed on the immediate container of a hazardous chemical. The Hazard Communication Standard also is now known as the Right to Understand Standard requires chemical manufacturers, importers, or distributors to ensure that each container of a hazardous chemical is labeled, tagged or marked. Employers also have a responsibility for labeling and ensuring employees are trained on hazardous chemicals.  

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips Trips and Falls

Slips and falls occur every day. These types of injuries and their recurrence can be minimized through proper safety knowledge and attitudes. Practice safety--don't learn it through experience. There are various ways to suffer slips and falls while working. You can slip and lose your balance, you can trip over objects left in your walkway, or you can simply fall from an elevated position above the ground. 

Responsibility

Work Place Responsibility

SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY! 

As an employee, you should: 

  • Learn to work safely and follow all company safety rules. 
  • Recognize hazards and avoid them. 
  • Report all accidents, injuries and illness to your supervisor immediately. 
  • Inspect tools before use to avoid injury. 
  • Wear personal protective equipment. 

Power Tools - Electrical Indidents

Electric Tools Safety

Power tools are a common item in most workplaces, exposing employees to a variety of hazards. The very tool that helps you be efficient, could one day be the cause of a tragic accident. 

Even with the introduction of cordless tools, low voltage does not necessarily mean low risk. Use the following tips to protect yourself from electrical hazards: 

Cell Phones - Productive Tool or Dangerous Distraction

Cell phones at work

We recognize that the use of a cell phone and other similar hand-held devices can allow employees to be more available and productive no matter their physical location. Multitasking using a hand held device is tempting but too often has proven deadly when combined with operating motorized vehicles and even sometimes doing something as simple as walking. Cell phone use has expanded into every activity in our lives, from emergency communication to picking products from a grocery shelf. It sometimes seems people have no idea what to do with a spare moment other than make a cell phone call, text, or check social media websites.

Machine Guarding

Machine Guards

Machinery-related injuries are some of the worst in the industry today. Workers get caught in machines and suffer severe injuries such as crushed arms, legs, severed fingers, blindness, or even killed. 

Can these injuries and deaths be prevented? Of course, they can, with the proper use of machine guards. 

Mechanical hazards occur in the following areas: 

Ladder Safety

ladder safety at work

 

 Injuries in the workplace because of ladders are commonplace. About a third of all reported falls are falling from ladders. There are over 10,000 reported ladder-related injuries in the United States annually! Work-related falls from ladders resulted in approximately 360 fatalities and an estimated 151,000 serious injuries each year. 

Not all these incidents are due to defective ladders, however, that can certainly be one of the factors. It is important that ladders are inspected regularly. 

Ladder Inspection 

 Look for missing or loose cleats at the bottom. 

 Look for loose or missing screws, bolts or hardware. 

 Look for cracked, broken, split, dented or badly worn rungs, spreaders or side rails. 

 Corrosion of metal ladders. 

 

Drill Press Safety

Drill Press Safety What should you do before using a drill press? 

Drill presses can be dangerous if not used properly. 

  • Read the owner's manual carefully. 
  • Make sure you understand the instructions and are properly trained before operating a drill press. 

Forklift Seatbelts

Forklift

 

 Forklift operators should always wear their seatbelts. Why? Analysis of forklift accidents reveals that the operators who were injured or killed were often not wearing seat belts. While seat belts can’t prevent accidents, they can prevent serious injuries and save lives. Here are three real accident reports that tell the story: 

Back Safety

Backpain at work

Have you ever given much thought to your back? It's there when you need it, but only if you don't abuse it. The back is made up of four major parts. The spine, nerves, muscles, and the spinal cord. There are thirty-three bones in the spine and thirty-one pairs of nerves branching out from the spinal cord. All of them must work together. If they don't, you could end up with anything from a strain to a ruptured disk, fractured vertebrae, and/or a debilitating disease like arthritis.

To help prevent back injuries we should exercise, practice good posture, eat the right foods, and watch your weight. Check with your physician or doctor for muscle strengthening exercises for the back.

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