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Safety and Savings Tips For September 2013, from All Safety Products, Inc.

UNEVEN SURFACES FOR LADDERS

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Portable Ladder accidents are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries,  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/portable_ladder_qc.html .


Weathering the Storm

How to keep safe in a lightning storm

Summer thunderstorms, particularly in September and the late summer months, are frequently accompanied by lightning, which can be a killer. Whether indoors or out, telephone use should be avoided except in emergencies.

Some experts also recommend unplugging computers and television sets. The dangers are greatest out-of-doors, however.

Here are some steps you can take to minimize the hazard when caught outdoors in a lightning storm:
  • Find shelter-but avoid standing in small, isolated structures in open areas.
  • Avoid standing under a natural lightning rod such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid allowing your body to project above the landscape-such as by standing on a hilltop, in an open field or on the beach, or by fishing from a small boat.
  • If you're in the woods, find shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees.
  • If you're in an open area, go to a low place like a gully or ravine-but be alert for flash flooding, which is likely with heavy rainfall.
  • Stay away from open water.
  • Stay away from motorcycles, bikes, scooters, lawnmowers, and golf carts. (Golfers should put down their clubs and remove metal-spiked shoes.)
  • Keep away from wire fences or clotheslines, metal pipes and rails, or any other metallic path that can carry lightning's electrical charge to you from some distance.

Medical and First Aid Plans

The Following are Important:

Things to Consider!  It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards.  

However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer. The intent of this page is to provide general information that may be of assistance. If additional information is required, an Occupational Health Professional should be contacted.

Medical and first aid services are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and the construction industry.

OSHA Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to medical and first aid.

Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

Workplace Violence

Why it's so important to address these tips with your employees periodically!

These days, violence in the workplace is becoming all too common. It is estimated that one in six of all violent crimes occurs in the workplace.

Homicide is a large part of work-related deaths.

Certain acts or attitudes, especially in combination, may signal problems.

There may be a potential for violence in a person who:
  • Threatens violence against others.
  • Vows to get even with bosses or co-workers.
  • Makes a habit of threatening or intimidating others.
  • Says people are out to get him or her.
  • Talks a lot about weapons-and may own them.
  • Holds grudges.
  • Blames others for problems or setbacks.
  • Gets angry very easily and often.
  • Is very defensive when criticized.

If you're dealing with a threatening or angry person:

Do
  • Stay calm and be polite.
  • Look the person in the eye.
  • Don't argue, yell, or threaten.
  • Get help if the person doesn't calm down.
  • If you're attacked, try to run away and yell to let others know you're being attacked.

Don't
  • Argue or raise your voice.
  • Respond to a threat with a threat.
  • Do anything to make the person angry or increase the danger.

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