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Not so, according to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The time is often much less and survival may depend on your decision to get out of the building immediately.
As the forecast for Hurricane Dorian storm track changes, it's important for those in its forecasted path to stay alert to the dangers it could bring. Pay attention to the forecast in your area, and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials. You may be ordered to evacuate with little notice. Be ready to leave, have a plan for where you will go.
Using hammering or punching machinery is not usually easy, but workers also have to guard against long-term health issues. Jackhammers, drills, grinders, chainsaws and similar equipment are the obvious culprits in vibration issues. However, drivers of trucks or farm equipment, and miners face similar stresses over time.
Shell-and-mortar fireworks cause the highest number of injuries, and the most serious, to those who should know better: Adults. More than 85 percent of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries are by adults who used shell-and-mortar type fireworks.
Consider new parents. When they bring their infant home, they also suddenly become aware of those many things they must do to keep their child safe. When the child starts to crawl -- a whole new vision of danger becomes clear. That's the way it was with smartphones. They seemed to be the answer to getting help fast or finding information when desperately needed. And they are that.
Humans have a lot of experience with scaffolding. It was used more than 17,000 years ago so that artists could paint on the ceilings of caves. It has been used throughout history for repairs and construction of buildings large and small.
Fatalities climb as experts debate cause Truck driver deaths are up and that's a trend that appears on the rise. Since 2011, truck driver deaths have increased 25 percent.
According to the AAA, headlights are dimming on older cars. Through the years, the plastic coating on headlights can become so yellowed or clouded that they may provide a mere 20 percent of the light they did when the car was bought. Eighty percent treacherous?
If you want to identify top safety hazards in the workplace, OSHA's Terrible Ten violations might be a good place to start. OSHA recently released its top cited safety violations.
The 4,000 souls who live in Hancock, Michigan probably know to get their snowblowers out before winter drops the usual 200 inches on them. But those in less flaky climes, when a storm drops six inches of snow, are probably going to get out a snow shovel one morning.
Sometimes injury numbers don't tell the story Organizations with low numbers of on-the-job injuries can be proud of their record. But number of injuries alone doesn't tell the whole story.
Shift work can be hard on a body. From the social and family isolation of second shift (about 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.) to the sleep deprivation inherent in third shift (about 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) recommendations: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month
Modern work styles demand new types of personal protection equipment (PPE). Safety and Health Magazine interviewed some PPE manufacturers and here are some of the features users are demanding:
When the day is hot, it's time to take precautions at work. Though heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, heat led to 37 work-related deaths and 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It's true that people are often safe inside a car during a lightning storm, but the reason for that is dangerously misunderstood. All-metal cars (not convertibles) can provide protection. This is because of the Faraday Cage effect: Electricity is directed throughout the metal exterior, instead of inside the vehicle. The charge then exits to the ground.
The new warehouse is no longer the dusty destination for long-term storage. It's now a symphony of activity where robots and humans work together in a rapid and complex dance.
Highway work zones are annoying, but motorists should never leave the traffic lane to avoid delays. Even if the way appears clear, driving into a work zone is incredibly dangerous for workers. A highway work zone or any work zone in a public area has a number of associated risks, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Specks in the Eye -Don't rub the affected eye. -Flush the eye with lots of water. -See a doctor if the speck doesn't wash out.
Safety training is no game, but game technology is the future in safety. Instead of watching a safety film, trainees will soon be part of the film, in Virtual Reality experiences.
Portable heating equipment can be deadly when used improperly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 40 percent of fires related to home heating involved a space heater. Of deaths related to home heating, 84 percent were related to a space heater.
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
Some jobs require a half- or full-face respirator to mediate against dust, vapors or deadly fumes. Manufacturing settings can often expose workers to inhaled metals, mostly in foundries, or chemicals, even in settings that seem benign.
A lot of things are annoying: Long meetings, traffic jams, tax forms. And fire drills. The truth is one can't ignore annoying things because the consequences are usually catastrophic. In the case of fire drills and fire safety, this is exceptionally true. Because we are safety oriented, fire isn't an everyday threat. We've built our infrastructure and environments so that we can have some peace of mind. And this also becomes the problem.
Would you consent to a search of your entire household by a police officer who got a complaint about you being too loud with your outdoor party but decided he also wanted to poke his nose in all your closets and drawers inside your house to determine if you were breaking any other laws?
Emergency rooms see an increase in cases of heat stroke and dehydration in July and August. The American College of Emergency Physicians gives this advice on how to stay safe in hot weather:
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for house fires. Sure, it's a celebration and, yes, fireworks are traditional and they can be used safely.
Week 1: Preventing falls at work In industry, one main focus of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are worker deaths related to falls from cell towers. In what has been a relatively new industry during the last 30 years, cell tower construction and maintenance has been a rapidly growing field in which workers have unique fall risks.
According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), on average, 12 tropical storms will form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the construction industry experienced 52 percent of total electrical fatalities from 2003-2010 and far outpaces all others.
Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems to better protect workers in general industry from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements.
After awhile, he steps back, falls off the dock and breaks his leg. How about the person working on a ladder, leans too far in one direction and tumbles down?
Christmas is a time to celebrate, spend time with family and friends, and to relax. But, it's also a time when safety should be on your mind because the holiday season brings a unique combination of hazards into the home.
No one wants to come into their office one morning and find out that their company has been a victim of a security attack. Losing customer data or having proprietary information revealed - these can be disastrous.
Musicians and fans are at risk for hearing loss. Professional musicians are four times more likely to suffer noise-induced hearing loss than non-musicians.
Many people spend a good portion of their working days on their feet, just one reason that workers should buy well-fitting, comfortable and, most importantly, appropriate shoes.
It sounds like a plot line for a super spy flick. An arbor press relentlessly presses down on a shoe, applying thousands of pounds of pressure until . . . nothing happens.
Flying particles and chemical splash are the two top causes of eye injuries in the workplace, but the majority of injuries could be prevented with proper eye protection, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That's a question that could be answered by anyone from Martha Stewart to your company's welder.
Half-mask respirators are essential equipment in automotive, construction and industrial settings. They can protect the wearer from lead poisoning, dust and fumes, but they must be properly fitted and maintained.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
In certain areas of Southern California, we're pretty spoiled so this article is directed particularly for those workers exposed to cold environments in other areas and states. OSHA has a good article and information at their website link, https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/cold_weather_prep.html .
OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA's Form 300A , which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015.
This is just a highlight of a helpful article from Osha website to provide tips and some recommended guidelines to keep your retail shopping safe and enjoyable for both customers and your employees. Please visit the website at the following llink for more information, https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/Crowd_Control.html .
This page (OSHA website link) includes information for workers and employers about reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces. It provides information on the basic precautions to be used in all workplaces and the additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings. Healthcare workers in contact with flu exposed patients are at higher risk for exposure to the flu virus and additional precautions are needed.
Below is a summary article and link for a OSHA provided toolkit (see bottom of article) used to help companies in transitioning to safer chemicals.
WHAT IS BERYLLIUM? Beryllium is a lightweight but strong metal used principally in the aerospace and defense industries. The most common use is in beryllium-copper alloy because of its electrical and thermal conductivity, high strength and hardness, good corrosion and fatigue resistance, and nonmagnetic properties. Another form is beryllium oxide which is an excellent heat conductor, with high strength and hardness, and acts as an electrical insulator in some applications.
OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses Young Workers' Safety - (OSHA Trade News Release, dated 7/28/15)
Workplace hazards associated with specific jobs are another major cause of injuries and illnesses. Employers must work to reduce or minimize hazards in the workplace and train employees how to work safely on the job.
Keep your employees safe from Heat illness with a free handy tool from OSHA. Here's the link for the app which is setup for the Android and Iphone OSHA heat app page.
OSHA just released a new rule ( 29 CFR 1926, Subpart AA, May 2015) for Confined Space (Follow Link Here, Final May 4th, 2015 )
It may be time to review your Workplace safety procedures in regards to violence-related injuries. In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 23,000 significant injuries due to assaults in the workplace. Over 70 percent were in the healthcare and social service settings. Healthcare and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence than the average private sector worker.
New OSHA reporting requirements: Employers required to report fatalities and severe injuries and illnesses
Cold temperatures and increased wind speed (wind chill) cause heat to leave the body more quickly, putting workers at risk of cold stress. Anyone working in the cold may be at risk, e.g., workers in freezers, outdoor agriculture and construction.
Environmental cold can affect any worker exposed to cold air temperatures and puts workers at risk of cold stress. As wind speed increases, it causes the cold air temperature to feel even colder, increasing the risk of cold stress to exposed workers, especially those working outdoors, such as recreational workers, snow cleanup crews, construction workers, police officers and firefighters.
Workers typically install roof sheathing after all trusses/rafters and any permanent truss bracing is in place. Roof structures are unstable until some sheathing is installed, so workers installing roof sheathing cannot be protected from fall hazards by conventional fall protection systems until it is determined that the roofing system can be used as an anchorage point. At that point, employees shall be protected by a personal fall arrest system.
You are at risk from falling objects when you are beneath cranes, scaffolds, etc., or where overhead work is being performed. There is a danger from flying objects when power tools, or activities like pushing, pulling, or prying, may cause objects to become airborne. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to concussions, blindness, or death.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) brought on by any of several strains of viruses in the Ebolavirus genus. Ebola viruses are capable of causing severe, life-threatening disease.
HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.
1. P stands for pull, and it refers to the locking pin on the handle. The pin is used to prevent the fire extinguisher from being discharged accidentally. In order for the lever to work, the pin must be removed.
Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, should also be avoided. There are precautions your employer should take any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work.
You first need to identify reactive chemicals and inventory where and which chemicals you are storing and the proximity of chemicals near each other. OSHA covers this in greater detail on their website, https://www.osha.gov .Chemicals have the ability to react when exposed to other chemicals or certain physical conditions.
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) :
When it comes to safety eyewear, the right fit is essential for comfort, performance and most importantly, protection. If your safety glasses do not fit securely or there are large gaps in coverage, you risk a serious eye injury from flying debris or particles.
Falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries.
Protecting eyesight is very important, thus making eye wash stations critical when working around chemicals. Most chemical work environments require their employees to wear safety glasses, but we all know accidents can happen and eyewash stations provide an effective means of emergency treatment for when chemicals come into contact with the eyes.
At All Safety Products, Inc., we offer most of the filters, cartridges and supplied air systems you need to meet applicable standards and regulations for recommended respiratory protection. Here is a link for our main product category for our selection of cartridges and filters
You're busy working when a co-worker notices smoke billowing out from behind some machinery. As you get closer, you see flames. You grab the nearest fire extinguisher and train it on the fire. Within minutes, the fire is under control, and you're a hero.
Oftentimes, people will use bricks, wood squares, etc. to level a ladder. Not very safe!. Click here for a product selection of All Safety Products ladder safety products to include ladder stabilizers, ladder guards, umbrellas, etc.
If you think you're immune from accidents just because you work in an office, think again. Hazards lurk everywhere from file cabinets to copiers. In fact, OSHA estimates that there are 40,000 disabling office injuries each year, including 200 that are fatal. Falls are the number one cause of office accidents. The disabling injury rate for falls among office workers is at least twice the rate for nonoffice employees.
Nitrile exam gloves are an excellent alternative to latex gloves. The synthetic fiber is the first choice in tear resistance and dexterity. It also has great flexibility and chemical resistance. At All Safety Products, Inc., we offer a wide selection of nitrile gloves exam grade to meet a variety of safety needs. They are particularly beneficial to those who have experienced adverse reactions to latex or natural rubber.
These days, violence in the workplace is becoming all too common. At All Safety Products, we're concerned with this trend. One in six of all violent crimes occurs in the workplace.
While the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace are well known, little attention has been paid to prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The fact that these drugs are legal makes them seem safe. Yet some of these medicines can cause serious impairment problems and may interact with other drugs or foods in ways that can jeopardize your safety on the job.
You're busy working when a co-worker notices smoke billowing out from behind some machinery. As you get closer, you see flames. You grab the nearest fire extinguisher and train it on the fire. Within minutes, the fire is under control, and you're a hero.
Instead, he grabbed a water pipe for support as he pushed even harder on the drill. At that point electrical current surged from the drill through the worker's hand, across his heart, and through the other hand. Fortunately, a co-worker knew CPR and was able to resuscitate him.
Take steps to protect your precious vision Do you use appropriate eye protection for every type of job in which a hazard might exist?
Every year, workers are killed or seriously injured while performing snow or ice removal from rooftops and other building structures, such as decks. OSHA has investigated 16 such serious injuries or fatalities in the past 10 years - all of which could have been prevented.
FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable.
Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.
HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable.
Every year, thousands of workers become sick from heat exposure. Some die. These illnesses are preventable.
A hazardous material is one that is capable of causing fire, sudden release of pressure, explosion or other violent reactions.
That doesn't seem so difficult and yet simple lock-out/tag-out procedures are often misused and misunderstood. Lockout/Tagout is the fifth most violated standard of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One United Auto Workers study showed that 20 percent of fatalities in the workplace from 1973 to 1995 were caused by failures to follow the procedure. Lockout/Tagout keeps people safe from electrical accidents and injuries. It is required for machines and equipment to allow contractors making repairs to proceed.
It seemed harmless enough. A sheriff's deputy from Birmingham, Ala., was pulling a nail with needle-nose pliers when the nail slipped. In a second, the pliers plunged into his eye, gashing his corne a, tearing most of his iris, and smashing his lens. The deputy's case is typical. He was not wearing protective eyewear. In fact, in a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey, nearly three out of five workers suffering eye injuries were not wearing eye protection. However , 40 percent of injured workers surveyed by Bureau of Labor Statistics were wearing protective eyewear, but may have not been wearing the right kind.
Employers need to review or implement their company policy for checking their own hazardous chemicals and poisonous substances located on their own company premises. Poison prevention isn't just for households!
Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) and the District of Columbia. Utah has named the offense careless driving. Under the Utah law, no one commits an offense when speaking on a cellphone unless they are also committing some other moving violation other than speeding.
A lot of times, we are so focused on keeping our own employees safe that we don't even consider own safety risks when trying to save money on doing our own home repairs. Amateur home handymen often take risks. Such as, before climbing a ladder to fix the roof or sharpening a knife to cut floor tile, it would be wise to consider whether the risk is justified.
In today's economic climate, customers want to know the best gloves to purchase at the cheapest price. I'll let you in on a little secret. Most times, people over purchase gloves. For example, they may purchase an Exam Grade / Medical Grade glove when they may really only need industrial grade quality.
Ice cream packaging is frustrating isn't it? There aren't too many brands of ice-cream that are actually a half-gallon in size (2 quarts) anymore. Now they are only 1.50 or 1.75 quarts in size and yet companies still maintain the same pricing as the previous half-gallon size.