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Identify safety issues in your workplace

June 13, 2011

I recently read a great article in The Houston Chronicle  discussing four useful steps companies can take to identify safety and security issues in their facility. These steps can really help you take a proactive approach to your company’s safety, helping you avoid accidents and injuries down the road.

Step 1: Get OSHA Involved – Seeing as OSHA is the main organization responsible for enforcing safety-related rules, they are a great resource to point out potential safety hazards. Consider consulting with an OSHA inspector or scheduling a visit with one to review your facility and identify any potential safety hazards.  An OSHA inspector can also provide you with safety inspector for your facility.

Step 2: Practice good record keeping – Keeping good records in important. You should keep records of all accidents and injuries that require at least one day off of work. This will help you identify common injuries in your workplace so you can take the necessary steps to prevent future injuries of the same kind.

Step 3: Hold regular safety training meetings – Most companies have annual safety training meetings. In addition to these meetings, consider holding additional sessions or workshops to keep workplace safety on the minds of employees and get regular feedback on your safety program. You might also want to consider holding drills to make sure everyone is prepared in case of an emergency.

Step 4: Involve employees in work-place walk throughs – Have employees walk through the facility with the safety supervisor or safety team and identify possible workplace hazards or safety improvements. The people that work in the workplace day in and day out are great resources and know their areas better than any one else.

In being proactive about facility and employee safety, companies can reduce accidents and the overall cost of doing business. Consider these four steps as you develop or look to improve your safety program.

Posted by Christie

Make Safety Products More Effective: Go Custom

June 8, 2011

Is there a specific message you want to convey to employees? Do you want to make your signs more noticeable? Do you want to use a specific numbering or identification system on your safety or security products? When you go custom you can do all of these things and more.

Customizing products is a great way to ensure your safety and security products are as effective as possible. You know the message or information you need to communicate and how best to communicate it in your environment. Why not design the product yourself?

There are lots of ways to customize: change the message of a sign or label; choose colors for products that will make them stand out in your facility or match your current products; pick custom numbering or lettering for identification/organization purposes; add special graphics to your safety products.

So next time you are looking to purchase a safety product, consider customization. It’s a great way to grab employees’ attention, provide clear and exact communication and ultimately keep your employees safe and your assets secure.

Posted by Christie

OSHA vs. ANSI Machine Hazard Labels & Signs

April 20, 2011

If you work with machines or work in a building or area where machine safety is monitored, it is pretty likely you’ve heard of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute). OSHA works to ensure the safety and health of workers by developing, enforcing and monitoring safety regulations across the U.S. ANSI, on the other hand, is a non-profit organization that oversees and coordinates a U.S.-based standardization and conformity assessment system.  

The main difference between the two organizations is that OSHA’s standards are enforced and companies can be fined for non-compliance, while ANSI regulations are voluntary (except when they are cited by OSHA).

Because of the way OSHA and ANSI interact, you will notice that machine hazard warning labels and signs come in various formats – OSHA-based and ANSI-based. While they communicate similar information, they are quite different in appearance.

Most people are familiar with the standard OSHA headers and formats. Knowing that, ANSI took OSHA’s format requirements and re-designed it in a way that they determined was easier and quicker to read and comprehend.

Here is an example of an ANSI machine safety sign/label.

What are the differences? One difference is that for ANSI labels the header consists of a triangle with an exclamation point. Other major differences are that the ANSI labels have a large symbol or pictorial in the center of the sign, a left justified message, and upper and lower case lettering.

Note the pictorial in the image to the right. ANSI felt that a pictorial was a fast, attention-grabbing way to communicate hazards. Also, pictorials can designate hazards across language barriers.

ANSI formatted products can be used not only for machine hazard communication, but for communicating other potential dangers as well. Consider this format next time you are purchasing safety signs, tags and labels for your facility.

Maintaining Hard Hats-don’t overlook it!

October 15, 2010

Most people don’t think of Hard Hats very often, we definitely take them for granted.  They are heavily used daily yet are an understated piece of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The International Safety Equipment Association( ISEA) points out that they have done a good job protecting workers in a variety of work environments. They will provide a reasonable service life if given a little care and regular inspection.  To learn more about head protection regulations, click on:  ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009 Standard, OSHA 1926.100 for Construction and  OSHA 1910.135 for General Industry.

MSA VGuard Standard and Full Brim Caps

Here’s a little Hard Hat 101. There are two basic parts to it: the shell and the suspension, which work together as a system. Both need regular inspection and maintenance. The shell is rigid, light and is shaped to reflect a falling object. The suspension’s main purpose is to absorb energy. The suspension system inside the helmet is as important as the shell itself. It holds the shell in place on your head and holds it away from your head for free air flow. For that reason, it is important that the suspension be in good condition to perform that function. Over long periods use, the suspension can become damaged and worn.

Here are some ISEA recommendations:

1) Wearers should inspect the shell regularly. When cracks (even as small as hairlines), become noticeable, the helmet should be replaced because experience has shown, these cracks will spread and widen once they begin to form. Look for signs of abuse such as scratches or gouges. Shells exposed to heat, sunlight and chemicals can become stiff or brittle. There also can be visible craze pattern- it can be dull in color or have a chalky appearance. Be sure to replace these helmets also.

Also, never alter or modify the shell other than in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions to permit the use of accessories. Such accessory attachments may reduce the limited protection provided by the helmets. If it is necessary or desirable to use the numbers or symbols in the helmets for identification purposes, the ISEA recommends the use of reflective marking tape. Only the helmet manufacturer should paint the helmet to avoid the problem of the solvents in the paint that can make the helmets brittle and more susceptible to cracks

2) Replace the hard hat if it has sustained an impact from an object, even though no damage may be visible.

3) Whenever the fitness of a hard hat is in doubt, it should be taken from service immediately and destroyed.

4) Look closely at the suspension for cracking, torn adjustment slots, fraying material or other signs of wear, especially at the suspension lugs. Common causes are: by hair oils, perspiration, and normal wear.  It should be routinely replaced at least once a year under normal wear conditions.

5) The service life of the protective headgear can be lengthened by cleaning the suspension and shell as part of a regular inspection program. A wet sponge or soft brush with mold detergent and water will remove dirt and stains from the suspension and shell.

6) Employees should not carry anything inside the helmet. A clearance must be maintained inside the helmet for the system to work. In the event of a blow to the head, the space must be used to help absorb the shock of the blow.

Emedco has a large selection of complimentary products to go with your hard hats such as  Hard Hat Labels, Hard Hat Signs and other Personal Protective Equipment. More is added everday at Emedco.com!

-DK

Recognize Employees for Safety-Related Accomplishments

October 11, 2010

As 2010 winds down – it’s amazing it went by so fast- it might be a good time to start thinking about ways to recognize employees for their safety-related achievements over the past year. Recognition doesn’t have to include parties and expensive rewards. Instead, think about ways to thoughtfully show employees that safety is important and their efforts are appreciated.

Looking for ideas? Well I just so happen to have a few.

  • Certification Wallet Cards & Hard Hat Labels: Recognize employees for specific safety achievements, such as completing forklift safety training or being accident free for a certain number of years. You can also give them to employees for simply contributing to keeping the workplace safe all year. Employees can wear the hard hat labels or put the wallet cards with their badges as a sense of pride for their achievements.
  • Recognition Pins with Certificates: Give employees specialized pins related to some aspect of safety. Pair it with a personalized certificate to enhance the importance of the award.
  • Personalized Safety Signs: A fun and interesting way to recognize an employee may be to order a customized safety sign. Lots of companies allow you to customize safety signs. Why not put their name on one with a special message and recognize them that way? It will stand out and make the employee feel appreciated.
  • Safety Team Membership: If your facility has a safety team, consider making your top safety performer a member of that team for the following year. Not only will they feel pride for their achievements, but you’ll benefit from having a new member to add a different perspective to the team and serve as a connection to those working in your facility day to day.

If you have any interesting or unique ways you recognize employees for safety-related accomplishments, I’d love to hear them.  Sharing best practices and ideas is one of the best ways to we can ensure employees work safely and actively participate in our safety programs.

Posted by got2 love safety


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