Electrician Hazards And How To Avoid Them

You don’t have to be told that electricity is dangerous. The hazards are obvious. Working near electrical situations, you become exposed to possible injury or even death. However, by knowing the specific dangers, an electrician can learn how to avoid them. This knowledge allows them to conduct their business safely and securely. The specific dangers vary according to the type of work you do. Some jobs carry a high risk of electric shock or even electrocution (an electric shock resulting in death). Other situations have a lower chance of serious injury but might still present some low-grade hazards, such as… Read more »

Educate New Hires On These Basic General Safety Tips

Safety represents a central concern for any business. To maintain the highest standards, it’s important to involve everyone in the process. As such, you should set up detailed training courses to educate your new hires about safety.  A strong basis in safety training encourages a company-wide commitment. Every employee who walks through your door should receive detailed instruction on how to keep the workplace safe. It gives you peace of mind that everyone is on the same page.  But what should you teach them? Beyond the specific details they need to do their jobs, there are some general concepts you should stress. Here are some… Read more »

How to Make Safety Training Fun & Engaging

You can hear the groans already. It’s time for another round of safety training and your employees are already antsy. They envision a snooze-inducing list of rules and OSHA standards. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. As unlikely as it sounds, you can actually make your safety training both fun and engaging.  Striving to create an interesting and enjoyable training process won’t just make your employees happy. It provides important material benefits for your business as well. The improved program will become more productive and effective. Meanwhile, the trainees will remember the material better, ultimately making them safer employees.  Here are some of the ways you can make… Read more »

Safety Management Programs

Developing a strong safety awareness program provides a number of advantages. You involve everyone in the process of keeping the workplace safe, leading to fewer accidents and preventing many potential injuries.  Besides being the right thing to do, a well-developed safety program provides potential boost to the bottom line. It helps avoid costly work stoppages and reduces workers compensation claims.   However, to get your safety management program on track, you need to consider everyone’s role. It can be a complicated effort, making sure that everyone is on the same page and buys into the program.  Here are some of the steps you… Read more »

Choosing The Right Footwear To Keep You On Your Feet

Safety requires the right equipment. However, knowing what constitutes “the right equipment” can be harder than it seems. It’s relatively easy to figure out when you need things like helmets and safety glasses. However, many workers ignore their feet. They don’t think about the right footwear for their particular job, which can hurt productivity and lead to serious safety concerns.  The right footwear should both protect a worker from the dangers in their work environment, and provide the necessary comfort needed to keep going strong throughout a shift. Comfort may seem like a small concern (at least compared to safety). But if you spend long hours on… Read more »

Ladder Safety Tips and Tricks

Safety often gets presented as a grand notion. It’s easier to talk about that way. Your PR staff will trumpet your commitment to safety. Your budget will include funds for safety training and equipment upgrades. Your HR department will outline everyone’s safety responsibility. But safety comes about as a day-to-day commitment. It’s a matter of doing seemingly simple tasks in a way that makes sure that no one gets hurt. And nothing is more seemingly simple than using a ladder. We’ve all operated one, cleaning gutters or hanging Christmas lights. However, falls represent one of the main causes of workplace… Read more »

Speak Up: How to Properly Alert Your Boss of a Safety Hazard

You have the right to do your job in a safe work environment. After all, it’s the law! But it can be uncomfortable to let your boss know about a situation that’s unsafe. Still, it’s important to speak up because unsafe working conditions can put you and other workers in danger. So what should you do? Five Tips for Alerting Your Boss to Safety Hazards There’s a right way to go about this task that makes it easier on everyone—both you and your boss. Just follow these tips when you notice dangerous situations: Be Positive About Your Concern. Though you… Read more »

“Invisible” Risks That Could Be Making Your Team Less Safe

Some safety risks are very obvious. That barrel oozing with the unidentifiable green liquid that kicks up little puffs of vapor every time a drop hits the floor. That giant crushing machine, with the precarious, wobbly foothold where you have to stand in order feed materials into the great blade-spinning maw. And a million other less dramatic high, sharp, toxic or slippery items stored around the workplace. But other risks are less immediately evident. However, because they don’t stand out as much, these less apparent risks can, in their way, pose a greater threat. At least the oozing barrel and… Read more »

Watch Your Back! Safety Tips to Prevent Back Injuries

Did you know more than one million on-the-job back injuries are reported each year? That’s disappointing odds considering the health of your back is largely something you can control. Don’t become a statistic! It’s up to you to keep your back feeling and functioning at its best. Five Ways to Protect Your Back at Work You can save yourself discomfort, medical bills, and diminished work performance by keeping your back in the best possible health. It’s easy when you follow a few key tips: Stretch –The muscles in your legs must make up some slack when you lift objects—so you’re… Read more »

Top Shelf Safety Improvements You Can Make Today

The way you work helps you avoid injury and illness, as well as feel better overall. In the time it takes you to say “workplace safety” you can improve the way you work—helping yourself and those around you stay healthy and safe. It’s time to hit the “easy button” and make five small changes that add up to big results. Five Ways to Be Safer at Work You can try all of the following easy-peasy safety techniques as soon as today: Lift Items Properly When lifting, never put strain on your back. Instead, bend your knees and stoop down to… Read more »