Work Safety

Chemical Container Labeling

containers labeled properly

HCS Label Requirements 

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) describes chemical labels as information provided through a group of written, printed or graphic appropriate elements concerning a hazardous chemical. These should be that 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 hazardous chemical is labeled, tagged or marked. Employers also have a responsibility for labeling and ensuring employees are trained on hazardous chemicals.  

Power Tools: Avoiding Electrical Incidents

Electric Tools Safety

Power tools are common in many workplaces, with particular industries using them daily or weekly. This means that there are additional safety considerations that come into play that are specific to handling those tools. 

This article will cover some key tips that can help you address safety and risk mitigation in relation to power tools and electrical incidents. 

Basic Safety Tips

Using tools

  • Never carry a tool by the cord. 
  • Never yank a cord to disconnect it from the receptacle. 
  • Avoid using tools in wet conditions and placing them on wet surfaces. 
  • Use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves and safety footwear when using electric tools.
  • Do not use electric tools in damp or wet locations unless they are approved for that purpose. 
  • Keep work areas well-lit when operating electric tools. 

Storing tools

Cell Phones at Work: Productive Tool or Dangerous Distraction?

Cell phones at work

It wasn't all that long ago that cell phones and tablets were completely off-limits at work. But today's businesses have realized that digital devices offer their employees better availability and can provide more means of productivity. For certain industries, however, this means that there are additional safety concerns that must be considered. 

Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

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. 

Machine Guarding Tips

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 Matter

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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