When we read about the way technology is changing workplace health and safety, it's almost always innovations in safety management and employee and environmental monitoring. We talk about hearing protection far less, despite the fact that 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise each year, making it one of the top three chronic physical conditions affecting adults.
This is a problem, especially since nearly one in five young workers don't use the recommended (or required) hearing protection at work. Cameron Mitchell, a consultant with Kasa Consulting, notes that part of the reason for this could be an attitude that "It's not affecting me now, so why is it a big deal if I'm not wearing my hearing protection?"
But technology is making it easier than ever for workers - young ones included - to ensure their hearing is protected without compromising situational awareness or comfort. In this article, we're going to explore how.
Few industries require more fall protection equipment than the oil and gas industry. In North America, between 2003 and 2013, more than 1,100 workers in the oil and gas sector were killed in workplace accidents, which is an average of more than a hundred deaths a year.
The work accomplished on an oil rig is considered one of the most at risk in the industry. The workers put in long hours and perform dangerous tasks in harsh environments. Regularly, the workers must climb a derrick ladder to access different areas of the rig. Consequently, many workers climb up to altitudes that are often 100 feet high, numerous times a day. The ladder may be greasy, icy or extremely narrow, which can lead to a fall. Ladders are often offset, forcing workers to switch from one fixed ladder to another. This transition may pose challenges to fall protection systems as workers must be protected the entire time.
As baby boomers retire, Canada faces a critical shortage of skilled workers in
In the province of British Columbia, which leads the nation in economic and job growth, 70 per cent of job openings in the next 10 years will be due to retirements.
Faced with a shrinking labour pool, it is essential that businesses be smart about leveraging all available sources of talent, including women.
Trades jobs are expected to make up 11 per cent of all job openings in B.C. in the next decade which equals over 100,000 jobs. Doors are opening for women who want to pursue careers as plumbers, electricians, carpenters or sheet metal workers - to name just a few.
However, women continue to be under-represented in the trades. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) funds Women in Trades Training programs through the Canada-BC Job Fund that provides training, financial assistance and support for eligible women who are unemployed and need skills upgrading.
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.
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.
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 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)