Archive for May, 2010

OSHA publishes proposed rulemaking to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls on walking-working surfaces

May 27, 2010

OSHA announced this week that there will be revisions to the walking-working surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment Standards (PPE) to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls.  Per Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr David Michaels,“ this proposal addresses workplace hazards that are a leading cause of work related injuries and deaths.”  The goal is to help prevent an estimated annual 20 workplace fatalities and more than 3,500 injuries serious enough for people to miss work.

Click here for OSHA’s Press Release.

-Donna Kolody/Emedco PPE Products

Customize your safety training materials

May 25, 2010

Every safety training program is different. A unique blend of techniques and tools are used depending on the safety needs of the workplace, the number of employees, the specific goal of the training program, etc.

Many materials used for safety training take on a one-size-fits-all format. But, if you are looking for a way to create a unique safety training program at your facility, why not try customizing your training, certification and safety reminder materials?

Customization allows you to add your logo, wording, colors, and more to make your materials more effective or create a sense of teamwork and company commitment.

Consider customizing products like:

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Keep your parking lot safe and lower the risk of accidents

May 24, 2010

The #1 place to get into an auto accident is in a parking lot.  What are some best practices you implement to reduce accidents?

  1. Reduce speed
  2. Use more signage
  3. Develop a way to enforce your policies

Reduce Speed

An easy, affordable way to reduce speed are to add speed bumps to the entrance/exit of your parking lot, and anywhere else faster driving is implied. Speed bumps force drivers to consciously watch their speed or risk damaging their vehicles.

Signage

Display your parking lot safety policy by posting bold, eye-catching signs throughout your grounds. Effective signs are speed limit signs, stop signs, yield signs, and speed bump signs that will warn drivers of an upcoming bump.

Enforcement

In order for speed to be reduced and signs to be followed, you must figure out a way to enforce your safety policy. A committee of in-house “safety personnel” to issue warnings to fast drivers or distracted drivers. This doesn’t need to continue forever, just until employees get the point. This committee could hold meetings and use statistics on parking lot safety and then reward employees with a lunch when they feel parking lot safety has improved.

By reducing your speed, increasing your important signage and fully enforcing these changes, there is no doubt that vehicles and pedestrians will be safer in your parking lot.

What type of eyewash unit is best for your workplace?

May 21, 2010

Does your facility need an eyewash station?

OSHA requires that any place where a person’s eyes or body can be exposed to corrosive materials must have a suitable method or facility for drenching or flushing the eyes and body. This faciilty must be within the work area for immediate use if there is an injury. There are also certain industries that must include an eye wash station in every single facility.  (To view the full regulations, visit OSHA’s web site).

So, if you do need an eyewash in your facility, what type of eyewash unit is best for you? Here are a few of the options you have to choose from:

Faucet Mount Eyewash: These types of units attach directly to goose neck and standard faucets to turn them into eyewash units. The attachment delivers a concentrated stream of cold water to the eyes without the need to install new plumbing. They can be used with any sink or basin so they are a great no-hassle option.

Counter-Top Mount Eyewash: Counter-top eyewash units attach directly to any table or counter top. Some can swivel and therefore can be easily used from any angle. Like many eyewash units, they deliver aerated sprays to flush the eyes and face.

Wall Mount Eyewash: This is a great option if you do not have a faucet in an area where you need an eyewash unit. You can simply attach it to the building’s plumbing system.  They do not take up a lot of space, but they are a permanent installation. You can buy them in plastic, stainless steel and other materials.

Portable Eyewash: You can take a portable eyewash unit with you anywhere. This is great for non-permanent job sites or in places where sinks and/or plumbing systems are not available. They work just like any other eyewash unit, gently spraying water on the eyes and face. You can even store the water in the portable eyewash units for up to six month  if there is an anti-bacterial additive in the eyewash solution.

Combination Eyewash and Drench Hose: These provide flexible use for any industrial area. In addition to a standard eyewash unit, this system includes a drench hose that can be used to direct water to the affected area not only on the face, but any part of the body.

Shower/Eyewash System: Depending on the brand, eyewash/shower systems can have a variety of different features and capabilities. The main benefit of this type of station is that it can be used to rinse the entire body in the event of an accident, not just the eyes and face. It’s a great option for any facility where an accident involving a corrosive substance could affect the entire body.

Why follow ANSI regulations?

May 20, 2010

We’ve all heard of OSHA regulations and the hefty fines that come from non-compliance with those regulations. But, why follow ANSI regulations if they aren’t enforced and you won’t be audited for compliance?

ANSI, which stands for the American National Standards Institute, is a “private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so that American products can be used worldwide” (Source: Wikipedia).

Following ANSI’s standards is voluntary, but I still think it’s important to “comply.” First off, ANSI itself doesn’t create the standards that it puts out. It acts more as an overseer of the development and use of standards created by different standards developing groups. So the standards are a consensus among industry and application experts. It also represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and millions of professionals. So, the standards have been given due process and given support before they are put out there for companies to follow.

It is also important to note that by everyone agreeing to and following the same standards, voluntary or not, it is easier to do business and ensure the properties and performance of products are consistent. If similar products are tested the same way and expected to have the same qualities, doing business and ensuring product consistency is easier.

ANSI’s  regulations impact almost every business sector, are you aware of the regulations that affect your business? If not, visit the ANSI web site to learn more www.ansi.org.

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