According to the latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 39.1% of hand injuries are from cuts and lacerations. Thirty-nine percent.
- two out of every five accidents that are happening on a work site can easily be prevented with the right pair of work gloves.
But, figuring out which is the right pair can be challenging.
The glove that you - as a safety professional - think is right for the job, isn't what your purchasing department thinks is the right pair.
Nowadays most organizations start meetings with a "safety moment". Someone comes up with a topic (often at the last moment) and says a few words, reminding people to be aware of something or avoid a certain hazard. These dull, perfunctory speeches do more harm than good: they reinforce the notion that safety is about "checking the boxes", and promote the idea that safety is up to "someone else" -- in this case, whoever's turn it is to present the safety moment.
Many of us have been conditioned to believe that domestic violence is a problem that affects only a handful of individuals - the victim of violence, the abuser, and any children who live in the household where the abuse takes place.
This simplistic picture, however, is fundamentally flawed. Domestic violence is a shockingly complex and costly problem. Not only does it affect society as a whole, it can also have a real and substantial impact on the workplace. Domestic violence leads to increased employee absenteeism and dramatically reduced workplace productivity, along with a host of other challenges.
Sleep disorders and sleep deficiency are hidden workplace issues that affect employers across the U.S.
New research from the National Safety Council and the Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative reveals that an American employer with 1,000 workers stands to lose about $1.4 million each year in absenteeism, diminished productivity and healthcare costs because of exhausted employees, many of whom have undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders. The costs of fatigue in an average-sized Fortune 500 company climbs to about $80 million annually.
The occupational health and safety landscape in Canada is about to face a great challenge: the legalization of marijuana. This substance may make food taste great and music sound even better, but it's at odds in the workplace.
What is the difference between water resistant and waterproof rainwear?
The myriad of available rainwear can be overwhelming, making it tricky to choose the right one for your application. While the terms water resistant and waterproof are often used interchangeably, they mean different things and protect users in different ways.
Like climbing ladders or stairs, there are steps to take to implement a dropped objects prevention plan on your jobsite. Regardless of industry, your roadmap to a successful dropped objects program should be:
As with most safety professionals, I attend courses and read books on topics that I feel can put me ahead of where I was yesterday. And in today's job market, can put me ahead of the next person going after that specific job posting. And I think having strong emotional intelligence will put us out front, and help us get our tasks done effectively and efficiently.
In 70% of all hand injuries, the injured worker was not wearing gloves. For the remaining cases, gloves were not of the right fit, were damaged or inappropriate for the tasks to be carried out. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, an American organization, more than a million emergency room visits due to hand injuries are reported each year, representing the second leading cause of occupational accidents in North America, causing heavy losses for companies. The use of appropriate equipment whose quality is certified by rigorous testing can significantly reduce the number of accidents.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, OSHA statistics show, and falls from ladders account for roughly one-third of those fatalities. In 2013, ladders were the source of injury for 5,900 cases involving days away from work and 76 deaths in the construction industry, according to the 2016 edition of the National Safety Council chartbook, "Injury Facts." These injuries and deaths are preventable.
The success of your flame resistant (FR) clothing program depends heavily on the fabric used to construct the garments. Both arc rating and flash fire "2112" testing are done by fabric brand and weight; the fabric brand is also the key factor in durability of FR properties, initial and long term comfort, shrinkage control, wear life, and more. For these reasons, it's very important that you take an active role in specifying the fabric used to produce finished garments. Here are a few questions to consider when evaluating fabric manufacturers:
Health and safety orientation for new workers is an essential part of an organization's health and safety management system. It is often the case that many organizations rush through these orientation sessions, failing to realize that each worker has different experiences and skills. As such, each worker may have different learning needs or different comfort levels with their new job role.
The 1800's saw the continuation of the Industrial Revolution, a period of massive change and upheaval for the vast majority of the British people. Traditional manufacture and agriculture, focusing on small-scale production and cottage industry, were gradually eroded by the greater adoption of labour and time-saving devices such as the steam engine, spinning jenny and the seed drill. These devices not only meant goods could be produced faster and more uniformly, but also that less individual labour was needed.
The origins of high-visibility apparel began in the 1930's. Bob Switzer's dreams of becoming a doctor were cut short when he was injured unloading crates at the Heinz Ketchup factory in Berkeley, California. Switzer tripped and fell, knocking his head hard enough to put him in a coma. When he woke up, doctors told him his vision would be permanently damaged and instructed him to remain in a dark room until he recovered.
Solving the Problem of Fogged Eyewear in Hot Weather
From construction workers to first responders to welders, dealing with the problem of fogged eyewear can be a constant struggle and frustration as well as a significant safety issue. Really, anyone working outside in warm weather can struggle with fogging eyewear as well as anyone who wears face shields either indoors or out.
Fortunately, several solutions exist for this problem. Before we get to those, let's first understand the problem by looking at the main causes of fogging eyewear.
What is Safety Culture?
The term "safety culture" was coined in 1988, and used to report on the post-accident review of the Chernobyl incident created by INSAG. Safety culture includes the ways in which safety issues are addressed in the workplace. Safety culture includes attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and values that employees regarding safety. Most importantly, it involves the way a business does things to ensure the safety of its employees, the general public and the workplace structure.
Yes, it is officially spring (even though the weather doesn't always act like it), and that means it's time to tweak our driving habits and our vehicles. Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy spring driving in safety.
American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.
Bullying is usually seen as acts or verbal comments that could 'mentally' hurt or isolate a person in the workplace. Sometimes, bullying can involve negative physical contact as well. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of people. It has also been described as the assertion of power through aggression.
Why should employers be concerned about mental health?
Including mental health in your business model is important to a healthy workplace. Poor mental health not only hurts the individual, it also reduces corporate profits. It's important that all levels of the workplace - including the Board of Directors, management, finance, and human resources departments - get involved to incorporate mental health at your workplace.
Sitting off to the side, I watched as two employees gave a five minute presentation. They spoke about one of their latest safety projects, explaining an identified hazard and how they addressed it. They radiated pride and excitement.
(Bryan McWhorter https://www.safeopedia.com/2/3189/health-and-safety-programs/safety-meetings-and-why-you-need-them)
According to NIOSH, roughly 2,000 work-related eye injuries occur each day; these injuries can result in anywhere from one to multiple days of lost work and serious life altering damage to workers. What tools are available to workers via your eyewash station can not only help reduce the amount of work lost but, more importantly, make the difference in saving the injured worker's vision.
(Gil Truesdale info.orrsafety.com/blog/emergency-eyewash-station)
I love a good zombie movie and I am not alone. The TV series "The Walking Dead" is one of the highest watched shows on TV today. When season five aired, it attracted 17.3 million viewers.
(Bryan McWhorter, https://www.safeopedia.com)
September is National Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Recovery Month. In its twenty-third year "Recovery Month" seeks to educate Americans about addiction treatment and mental health services and how these services can enable those with substance use and abuse problems to conquer their dependence.
(Jennifer Anderson, https://www.safeopedia.com)
A person's eyesight is often taken for granted. It's easy for employers and employees to overlook the dangers to our eyes that we encounter every day. Unfortunately, eye injuries in the workplace are very common.
(Bob Risk, https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com)
Times are tough in the oil fields.
Jobs are difficult to find and even harder to keep. Hundreds of oil rigs have been shut down. Thousands of workers have been let go, and those left behind are worried about tomorrow.
Welcome to the latest economic downturn in the oil and gas industry.
(Tom Musick, https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com August 23, 2015)
When it comes to gloves, it's tempting to stick with what works and keep using the styles you are accustomed to, especially when it "fits like a glove" as they say. However, the change of seasons could warrant a change in hand protection that is better suited to the weather at hand, particularly for outdoor workers. This article outlines some glove options to consider when working in different temperature and environmental conditions.
(Julie Mcfater, https://www.ishn.com/articles/100638-the-best-fit-glove-options-change-with-the-season)
Without a doubt, anyone working at heights in any capacity these days knows the value of good safety equipment. Specifically fall protection and fall arrest equipment, like harnesses, lanyards, shock absorbers, shackles, anchor points etc.. Just as important as the correct wearing of height safety equipment is the proper care and maintenance of that equipment. For example, small particles of dirt, splashed paint or other chemicals can have a serious deteriorating effect on the synthetic fibres of webbing on a harness or lanyard and render them potentially dangerous for use. In other words, they will have a greater chance of breaking or failing when put under stress, such as in a fall. (Trevor O'Connell, June 18, 2015 www.safeopedia.com/2/1746/safety-equipment/harness-inspections)
Last month, Tanner Kane, a worker with Apollo Incorporated, was using a bar to provide leverage for popping forms off the top of a retaining wall in Kennewick, WA. One minute he was working alongside his partner, the next, he'd vanished, catapulted clear over the thirty foot wall. Fortunately, Tanner was using his company-issued fall protection system and survived without significant injury. In fact, he was even able to make his son's baseball game that night, no worse for the wear. (Phil Aldridge, www.safeopedia.com/2/1746/safety-equipment/harness-inspections)
Rosie died last month. More precisely, Mary Doyle Keefe passed away on 21 April 2015 at the age of 92. Mary Doyle was the model for Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter" painting, which appeared on the cover of the Memorial Day, 29 May 1943 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. In the US, Rosie came to stand for the women who were part of the labor force... (groundedparents.com/2015/05/08/a-fond-farewell-to-rosie-the-riveter)