Archive for August, 2011

Top Industries for OSHA Complaints

August 24, 2011

Do you know if your industry is at higher risk for OSHA complaints? An article I recently read on Safety News Alert listed the top 10 industries for OSHA complaints in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. They included:

  1. 1761 – Roofing, Siding, & Sheet Metal Work, 904
  2. 4311 – United States Postal Service, 466
  3. 1542 – General Contractors, Nonresidential Buildings Other Than Industrial Buildings, 414
  4. 1799 – Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified, 273
  5. 1522 – General Contractors Residential Buildings, Other Than Single-Family, 252
  6. 5812 – Eating Places, 232
  7. 1741 – Masonry, Stone Setting & Other Stone Work, 224
  8. 3499 – Fabricated Metal Products, Not Elsewhere Classified, 207
  9. 4225 – General Warehousing & Storage, 205
  10. 1794 – Excavation Work, 198
    *Source: Safety News Alert

Do you fall into one of these categories? If so, you might want to check your facility or work area for OSHA compliance more frequently throughout the year. Also, ensure all of your safety measures are up to date with the latest regulations. Consider using safety signs, tags and labels as an effective way to clearly communicate safety messages or hazards to employees. Also, take a look at your safety training program and make sure your employees are being trained on the latest and most efficient safety practices. It’s better to be prepared than to face expensive OSHA fines and penalties.

Posted by Christie

Back to School season means an increase in pedestrian traffic

August 10, 2011

“Back to School” season means more children and their parents will be walking on busy streets and crossing them.  Whether you work for a school or your business is near a school, you must be prepared by repainting cross walks, adding signage, and alerting vehicular traffic.

1. Set up School Crossing Stanchions early so drivers who regularly pass your building will begin to be aware before school actually begins.  The higher the reflectivity, the better.

2. Repaint your crosswalk lines so there is no confusion or room for error.

3. Ensure Crossing Guards or other essential personnel are seen by wearing reflective vests.

4. Add Stop Signs to ensure vehicles come to a complete stop before crosswalks or other busy pedestrian areas.

Being prepared for more foot traffic reduces your risk of accidents and liabilities, improving the safety of walkers and employees at your property.

Is it time to refresh your facility’s outdoor space?

August 4, 2011

Have you been spending more time outside at your workplace? I know I have.  Living in Buffalo, we get a bad reputation for harsh winters.  Possibly due to that, once it warms up outside, I need to get out and spend time in the sun.  So when I am on a break at work, I tend to sit on one of our benches.

We have 3 picnic tables so that people can enjoy their lunches while enjoying the fresh air.  Another area has park benches under the trees if it’s too hot.  And, for those days when it’s windy and cold, we put up a shelter with a bench inside.

Take a fresh look at your outside gathering space.  Does it need a refresh?  Is it missing a table to eat at?  Maybe you need some ash/trash receptacles or garbage cans.  Talk to your facility maintenance department about adding some of these items to help make your breaktime more relaxing.  Enjoy the sun and warmth – before you know it, winter will be here!


Shield your hands with Gloves

August 2, 2011

Many job functions require employees to wear gloves. When you work with chemicals or sharp objects, gloves are an accessory your fingers can’t afford to miss. Wearing gloves in the workplace can reduce your risk of hand injuries by 70 percent.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), 26% of non-fatal injuries involve the hands.
Therefore, employers are required to provide gloves any time an employee’s hand is exposed to hazards such as cuts, burns due to heat, chemicals etc. When looking for gloves there are a few things to keep in mind. What type of glove do you require in order to safely & productively do the job function?

The first step in considering the type of glove should be based on the job function; the last part is choosing the right glove size. Here is a quick trick. Just measure the circumference of your hand across the knuckles. If you’re 7-8”inches then you’re like me a small, 8-9” Medium, 9-10” Large and 10-11” X-Large.
No matter what size your hand is or the job function preformed, safety protection is the only fit that matters!

Posted by: Amy


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