Posts Tagged ‘Safety Compliance’

NY “Moving Forward” with Handicap Icon Change

August 13, 2014


Buzz is swirling around the “new” handicap icon that has been signed into law in New York as of July 25, 2014, the first state to accept the new “accessibility” remake on the more than 45 year old standard. Still in the classic blue and white, there are many new “moving parts” to the revised icon.


Which is better? You decide! What we can tell you is that the new sign is ADA compliant and it goes into effect as of November 25, 2014. This new legislation does not require any immediate action but when it does come time for new installation the use of the old handicapped signs are now prohibited!

Created by the Accessible Icon Project,  the reasoning behind the push for change revolves around the advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities and to destigmatize the current “outdated” accessibility icon.

While New York is the first to officially adopt the icon change, many businesses outside of the New York area are also voluntarily making the switch.

Take a look at what the new signage looks like here.

To read the official New York State press release click here.


Pedestrian Safety in a Forklift Environment

March 6, 2014

Question: Traffic accidents can only occur outdoors — true or false?

Answer: False. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 20,000 workers are seriously injured each year in the United States due to forklift-related incidents. Another 100 employee fatalities are also reported due to the same reason. In fact, NIOSH found that far too many workers and employers are unaware of forklift hazards and are not following the procedures set forth in federal regulations or equipment manufacturer guidelines.

Safety cone kit including cones with the wording "Watch For Forklifts" and yellow plastic chain

Cordon off areas experiencing forklift traffic with safety cones.

Fortunately, pedestrian safety in forklift truck accidents can be ensured with the appropriate preventative measures. These measures will include traffic management, in conjunction with awareness training and using the proper safety equipment. Drivers and pedestrians are both required to follow these safety measures, to protect the safety of everyone in the establishment.


Five ways to remind employees to work safe

July 14, 2010

Looking for ways to remind your employees to work safe? Want to energize and revitalize your workplace safety program?  Here are five tools to do just that.

1. Safety Reminder Signs: Hang motivational safety reminder signs around your facility to keep employees focused on safety. Consider putting them in locations where accidents are likely to occur or where employees should be extra cautious. Also consider putting safety reminder signs on machines and other potentially hazardous equipment.

2. Certification Cards/Tags: It is important that employees can recognize certified and trained individuals in case of an emergency or to find answers to safety-related questions. Certification cards or tags will identify trained/certified employees. Certification cards and tags can also boost the morale of the trained employees because they are seen as experts in a certain aspect of workplace safety. This can in turn motivate employees to request additional training and/or certification opportunities.

3. Award Labels & Pins: Award labels and safety pins can serve as constant reminders of workplace safety when worn on clothing, uniforms or hard hats. Pins or labels can feature general safety slogans. They can also indicate the number of years a worker has gone without an accident or how many years they have been trained/certified in a particular activity.

4. Scoreboards: Scoreboards remind employees of the company’s dedication to safety and shows how well a group or team is doing to meet the company’s safety goals.  Having progress toward maintaining a safe workplace visibly displayed in a facility can go a long way in encouraging employees to pay attention to safety in their daily jobs.

5. Banners & Posters: Banners and posters are a large and prominent way to promote accident prevention, good housekeeping or teamwork. Banners and posters can be hung in large areas where there are multiple employees for a quick, general safety reminder. Wallcharts are also a great way to inform employees of safe practices and can be used in training sessions or posted around the facility.

If you are looking for a way to create a unique safety training program at your facility, consider customizing any or all of the tools listed above. Customization allows you to add your logo, wording, colors, and more to any product to make them more effective or create a sense of teamwork and company commitment.

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.

What's the best way to reduce workplace injuries?

April 29, 2010

We all agree that reducing workplace injuries and keeping employees safe is important. But there are different schools of thought on how exactly to achieve that. On one hand, some feel that more regulations and stricter fines are the most effective way to ensure employees are protected. On the other, some think that creating a workplace committed to safety is the more effective.

Those who support the idea of stricter fines and more regulations will be happy to know that in the near future OSHA will be introducing a new program to help protect workers in all types of jobs. The program is called the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

This program is designed to concentrate OSHA’s effort more specifically on the repeat offenders – companies that are obstinate and show a lack of concern for safety laws and regulations. The program will  increase the number of OSHA inspections at those companies as well as increase fines for repeat offenders. Hopefully this program pushes companies to comply with safety regulations out of fear of harsher  fines and penalties.

In a recent news release announcing the program OSHA stated that: “For many employers, investing in job safety happens only when they have adequate incentives to comply with OSHA’s requirements. Higher penalties and more aggressive, targeted enforcement will provide a greater deterrent and further encourage these employers to furnish safe and healthy workplaces for their employees.”

This reasoning supports the idea that greater fines and penalties are the way to reduce workplace accidents and injuries.

So, okay. That makes sense. But is there more we need to do? Fines and penalties may serve as motivation to ensure workers are safe, but that is reactionary rather than proactive.  We can’t sit back and assume that inspections and fines are going to fix everything.

This is where the other side of the debate comes into play. Making employees committed to safety is an important part of maintaining an injury free workplace. If employees take ownership of the safety program and feel that they play an integral part in developing and maintaining that program, then they are more likely to follow all safety regulations. It may even cause employees to start suggesting safety improvements that they feel are important.

Overall, I don’t feel that either approach will solve the workplace injury issue. I think a combination of fines and regulations paired with a stronger sense of ownership for safety in one’s workplace will help reduce the number of workplace injuries and accidents.

What do you think?

Posted by got2 love safety


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