Safety

SAFETY ARTICLES

  • Don’t Miss the Near-Misses
    Most safety managers do not usually put much credence to near-miss accidents. Most employees do even consider reporting them when one happens to them or a co-worker, dismissing it as a “no harm done” incident. However, near-miss accidents could be an opportunity for corrective actions to prevent serious injuries or even worse, fatalities in the workplace. Cal/OSHA and the National Safety Council defines near-miss as an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage, but had the potential to do so. By the very definition that near-misses do not result in injuries, illnesses, or damage leads one to believe...

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  • Aging Workers – Keeping Them Safe – August 2014
    Changing social and economic factors are influencing the American workforce.  The shift is keeping older workers in the workplace longer and impacting workers’ compensation costs. In 2008, there were 28 million workers over age 55.  By 2016, that number is estimated to be almost 40 million.  The decline in home asset values and lower returns on 401 (k)s are influencing baby boomers to continue working to accumulate additional retirement savings. From 1994-2007, the injury rate of 45+ workers dropped to 93 injuries per 10,000 workers from 200 incidents per 10,000 workers during a similar period in prior years.  Safety improvements and efforts...

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  • Safe Driving Tips – September 2013
    Motor vehicle accidents are the major cause of occupational deaths. Most vehicle accidents are the result of driver error or poor operating practices. Drivers assume responsibility for their own safety and that of others on the roadways. To optimize your health and well being on the road, put into practice these safe-driving tips. Obey Traffic Laws Know and follow the rules of the road. Make sure you have a current license and have been properly trained to drive your vehicle. Wear your seatbelt. Obey the traffic signs or signals and be cautious when passing or backing. Yield the right-of-way. Drive within the...

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  • Warehouse Safety – December 2013
    Conveyor Systems In some warehouses, products are placed on conveyor systems that transport them to different areas of the facility. To prevent pinch point or entanglement injuries, workers should have their hair covered or secured and keep all body parts away from moving conveyor belts and wheels. Elevated conveyors should have safety nets and prevent products from dropping onto workers below. Workers should be trained in the proper lockout/ tag out procedures for servicing conveyors and be informed of the location of the on/off emergency stop buttons for immediate access. Material Handling and Storage Large, awkward, and/or heavy products are a challenge to...

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  • Preventing Strains and Sprains – June 2013
    Lifting, pushing and overreaching are common causes of strains and sprains. Any job that requires you to sit or stand bent in an awkward position for long periods of time can cause excess strain on muscles. Most strains and sprains affect the back, arms, and shoulders. However, there are some very simple things you can do to prevent or minimize body strains and sprains. Many strains and sprains occur because of poor material handling. Workers lift things that weigh too much or they lift incorrectly. Lift correctly by bending your knees, not your back. Carry loads close to your body. Injuries...

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  • Preventing Cuts and Burns
    If you cut yourself: Despite your best efforts, you may cut yourself. If you do, follow these first-aid steps and report the cut to your supervisor.
    • Apply pressure to help stop bleeding.
    • After bleeding has stopped, clean the cut with warm water and soap.
    • Cover the cut with a clean bandage or gauze.
    • Get medical help if you can’t stop the bleeding, the cut is deep, or you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years.
    If You Burn Yourself: If you burn yourself, take these first-aid steps and be sure to tell your supervisor about the injury.
    • Reduce swelling with plenty of cool...

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    • Return to Work, Return Productivity
      One of the most effective methods in controlling your worker’s compensation costs is to implement a return to work program. Many studies have shown that injured employees recover faster when they return to work. An early return to work can also help to cost claims expenses, reduce downtime, and eliminate the need for additional staff. The essential component of a return to work program is learning to promote an early return. Research has shown that the longer an injured employee is off work, the more likely the employee is to become permanently disabled. Returning your employees to work as early as...

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    • Don’t Tread on Vehicle Safety
      Keeping your tires in good working condition is one of the most important mechanical factors in vehicle safety. There are ways you can improve the safety and performance of your tires. Keep your tires properly inflated, checking them at least twice a month to determine whether of not the tire pressure is getting low. Incorrect tire pressure can cause uneven tire wear, poor handling, excessive heat build up, and possible tire failure. Refer to your vehicle manual for recommended tire pressures. If you have new tires installed, check their pressure.Recommended tire pressures can vary depending on the brand of tire. Check...

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    • Enter and Exit Vehicles Safely
      Rushing or not paying attention while you enter or exit large commercial vehicles is dangerous, so it’s important to take the time to following all safety procedures. When you enter a vehicle, face it. Take hold of the grab bar, the seat, or other fixed object in the vehicle to help you climb up. Don’t grab the steering wheel unless it is “locked;” it can turn suddenly and throw you off balance. Don’t grab the door or handle because it can swing out and cause you to fall. If grab bars are missing or improperly placed, add one. In hot or...

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    • Stay Sharp, Stay Safe
      In the course of a workday, you may come across a sharp or pointed object while working in an office, a restaurant, hotel, hospital or store. Whether it’s a needle, knife, broken glass, scissors, pointed pencil, staple or tool, if you’re not following safe working practices, you could end up with a cut, puncture, nick or gash that can lead to a serious infection or disease. Pay attention to what you’re doing and do it with your safety and health in mind. One of the leading causes of injury is improper handling of sharp and pointed objects. Keep...

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    Cal/OSHA CONSULTATION SERVICES

    • Department of Industrial Relations Cal/OSHA Resource Link
      The Cal/OSHA Consultation Service provides assistance to employers and workers about workplace safety and health issues through on-site assistance, high hazard consultation and special emphasis programs, and develops educational materials on workplace safety and health topics.
    • Cal/OSHA - Consultation Video Resource
      The video describes California OSHA's consultation services which provide free, on-site workplace health and safety recommendations, and are completely independent of, and by law, prevented from communicating with, the OSHA enforcement program.
    • Cal/OSHA Consultation Services
      All services provided by Cal/OSHA Consultation are provided free of charge to California employers.
    • California Occupational Safety & Health Brochure
      Cal/OSHA Consultation Service provides safety and health assistance to employers. We are completely separate from Cal/OSHA Enforcement. Our professional staff helps companies prevent occupational injuries and illnesses

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