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Beat the Heat

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Temperature variations that bring us all four seasons go from one extreme to the other, in what seems to be the blink of an eye. While the environment around us may be able to endure these drastic swings without consequence, the human body is very different. Maintaining a narrow range of deviation the human body core temperature averages a constant 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. As the mercury rises our body’s ability to regulate gets more difficult. The heart begins to pump faster, breathing and sweating increase. If the body can’t keep up with the changes that are happening around it, it begins to exhibit signs of heat cramps, exhaustion, or even stroke.

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In 2011, 61 workers died from heat illness and 4,420 additional workers became ill.

Heat Stress is influenced by several risk factors including climate conditions, the work environment, demands of the work, PPE and equipment, clothing and personal characteristics.

While there currently is no specific OSHA standard for heat stress employers are required under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act to protect workers from recognized serious hazards. OSHA has cited and fined employers who expose workers to excessive heat.

Further highlighting the importance of keeping workers properly hydrated and taken care of during this summer season OSHA’s heat stress campaign provides many valuable resources for both educational and training purposes to make sure your workforce stays safe.

 


 

Confine the Consequences

The idea of being trapped or buried alive are nightmares for some; however there are those that risk their lives to call working in confined spaces a career. A confined space is large enough for a person to enter, but has limited or restricted means of exit, and is not designed for continuous human occupancy.

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Due to the nature of many confined spaces the workers entering into them are encountering, sewage like conditions, with animal both alive and dead, poor lighting, chemicals, and limited breathing and movement.

According to OSHA the leading cause of death in confined spaces is asphyxiation, generally the result of oxygen deficiency or exposure to toxic atmospheres.

Workers in confined spaces should have the proper precautions in place to facilitate a safe exit. Often times this includes PPE such as gloves, respirators, ear plugs etc. Workers should also be hooked up to equipment that can retrieve them if they are overcome and need assistance. However, when a labyrinth like configuration of pipes and turns is present the worker must unlatch, losing their emergency lifeline.

The importance of having established rescue procedures in place is paramount. Over 60% of all confined space fatalities are rescuers who risk their life to save a compromised coworker. Some worksites have emergency response teams on standby, while it is also suggested that businesses establish a relationship with local emergency services and work with them to create a rescue procedure plan.


Dangerous Jobs: Top Ten List

When dangers cannot be designed out of the workplace, worker safety should not become a game of Russian Roulette. According to Forbes Magazine these are the most dangerous jobs in America. Did yours make the list?

1.)    Loggers

2.)    Fishers

3.)    Pilots/Flight Engineers

4.)    Roofers

5.)    Iron and Steel Workers

6.)    Material Collectors/refuse

7.)    Electrical Power Line installers/ repairers

8.)    Drivers

9.)    Farmers

10.)  Construction

The most common hazards that workers face in these occupations are pictured below to see the full infographic click here :

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Whether it be struck by hazards, slips, trips or falls, harmful chemicals or a transportation incident, there are safety precautions that can help curb injuries. So how does one protect themselves when working in these extreme conditions?

  • Training that thoroughly prepares a worker for the situations they will experience on the jobsite, avoiding any need to make “best guesses” and ensuring confidence while carrying out their daily tasks.
  • Well placed and noticeable safety signage to help call attention to safety hazards around a facility or help navigate visitors and workers through jobsites reduce confusion, chaos, and missteps.
  • Proper fit and functionality of PPE will also go a long way. wearing the proper hard hats, safety goggles, fall protection or respirators to name a few will help protect again harmful chemicals, flying objects and deadly falls.

Find the best solutions for your workplace safety plan today at Emedco.com



Workplace Safety News

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6 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety Without Going Broke

The belief that a business must choose between workplace safety and making a profit is a very old and deeply held mind-set. Unfortunately it’s usually just plain wrong. Here are seven approaches that any business owner can adopt to reduce the risk of worker injuries without adding cost.

  • Hire Smarter
  • Train Your Staff
  • Demand Safe Work Practices
  • Provide the Right Tools and Equipment
  • Demonstrate that You Value Worker Safety
  • Look for Ways to Improve Safety
  • Remember There Are A Lot of Right Answers

For more information on these great tips check out this helpful article here

Start playing Games for Safety

Hazard identification is a critical part of creating an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job, as such OSHA has released a new interactive game to help small businesses identify common hazards in manufacturing and construction workplaces.

The tool, which was developed in a game format, can be found on OSHA’s website at http://www.OSHA.gov/hazfinder. Users have the opportunity to identify hazards in various scenarios and can play from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee.

This tool is intended to:

(1) Teach small business owners and their workers the process for finding hazards in their workplace,
(2) Raise awareness on the types of information and resources about workplace hazards available on OSHA’s website.

To try out this new training module click here

Safety 2014: And the Award Goes To…

The 2014 ASSE Safety Innovation Award was presented to Ali Hasan Al-Failakawi in Occupational Safety Management for implementing a road safety program that helped reduce motor vehicle accidents. The award was presented during Safety 2014, ASSE’s annual professional development conference in June.

Al-Failakawi is an occupational safety and health team leader for the Kuwait Oil Co., a giant oil and gas utility with more than 30,000 employees who travel more than 5 million miles monthly.

For information on this award and Al-Failakawi’s efforts click here

OSHA Violations:

OSHA proposes $182,270 in penalties on beverage company and staffing firm for excessive noise, slip, trip & fall protection, failure to train workers on lock-out/tag-out procedures among other hazards. For more click here.

A food production company has been fined $161,000 in citations for failure to protect employees from carbon dioxide, hazardous machinery and other hazards. For more click here.