Dressing for Safety: Hats and Boots

Proper attire is essential for safety in the workplace. Your PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, keeps you safe in more ways than one. Choosing the right head and foot gear is an easy way to protect everything from your vision to your balance. What to consider when choosing safety footwear: Your shoes or boots should be selected based on the job you’ll be performing. Your footwear provides traction, arch support and toe protection. It helps you avoid: Slips and falls. Injury from falling objects, punctures and electrical hazards. Fatigue in your legs and back. Extreme weather. Follow your employer’s directions… Read more »

Do You Know How to Read a Hazardous Chemical Label?

If you work in an environment that uses chemicals, you may have seen hazardous chemical labels. These are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as it works to comply with the GHS, or Globally Harmonized System. Hazardous chemical labels appear on every chemical container and include important information to follow when using that chemical. Every label features six pieces of key information, and you can help yourself and others stay safe when you know what each section means. Product identifier Appearing in the top left corner of the label is the chemical’s name in big, bold letters.… Read more »

Best Practices for Holiday Safety Season

As the holiday season fast approaches, thoughts of rest and relaxation enter everyone’s minds. Add this need to decompress to a workplace that’s busier than usual during the holiday season, and you have a recipe for potential safety concerns. But safety doesn’t take a vacation, and it’s important to keep up safety standards in your workplace year ‘round. Don’t let a lack of planning lead to risks for your employees! Five Holiday Safety Practices to Reinforce As the pace picks up in your workplace, keep the following in mind: Give seasonal workers proper training. If you’ve brought in extra workers… Read more »

Protective Eyewear Do’s and Don’ts

Your eyesight helps you navigate the world, plus adds to your quality of life. It’s important to protect it! While at work, you’re faced with potentially harmful objects and substances, such as shards of glass or metal, particles, chemicals or any combination of these items. If contact occurs with your eyes, it could lead to serious injuries or even blindness. So what can you do to keep your eyes safe at work? It helps to use the right protective eyewear. Tips for eyewear safety at work Just follow these industry tips to protect your eyesight now, and for years to… Read more »

Three Safety Procedures So Simple You Might Be Forgetting Them

Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone’s job: workers and managers alike! Though some safety procedures – like learning how to operate specific tools and machines – require training, other safety practices are falling-off-a-log easy. There are steps you can take every day to make your workplace safer. As you work hard day in and day out, always keep these three easy safety tips in mind: Protect your back. Did your parents ever tell you to stand up straight when you were younger? They weren’t wrong! Good posture is an easy way to prevent pain and injuries while working. Whether you… Read more »

How to Protect Your Workers During Cold and Flu Season

As cold weather approaches, so too does the spread of germs associated with cold and flu. Our immune systems have to work harder when it’s cold outside, plus the stress of the holiday season can leave many of us with less stamina to fight off the occasional illness. As an employer, you can take steps to help your workers stay healthy this season. Top ways to help labor staff stay healthy Encourage the following to help your labor and construction employees stay in good health during the colder months: Encourage flu shots. This is the number one way for warding… Read more »

Four Things You Should Never Do Around Machinery

It’s up to you to keep yourself and others safe on the job. When you operate machinery at your worksite, it’s important to take all possible safety precautions. Four key safety practices for operating machines Aside from being trained and/or licensed to use specific machines, you can follow these four tips to help maintain a safe workplace: Don’t use machinery for anything other than its dedicated purpose. Never use machinery for tasks it was not meant to perform. By doing so, you can damage the machine by pushing it beyond its designated limits. Using machinery improperly can also put you… Read more »

Use This Key Strategy to Effectively Communicate Safety Requirements to Employees

Everyone knows safety practices are important. They’re a common component on every factory floor and construction site. But it’s critical for your labor staff to understand the extent of the consequences that can occur when safety procedures are ignored. Tell employees why—and don’t let them off easy! Safety policies and procedures are in place to prevent injuries and even death. They should be taken seriously and followed to the letter. Employees should understand by ignoring safety practices, they are putting themselves—and their fellow employees—in danger. Obviously, no one wants to find themselves in harm’s way, and no one wants the… Read more »

Slowly But Surely: Building a Culture Founded on Safety

Safety is critical to the well-being of your employees and your business. Unlike other settings, labor and construction requires employees to work with tools, machinery and conditions that are more dangerous than many other jobs. For this reason, your staff must be properly trained on how to work within a construction and labor site. It helps to design and follow a strict safety program. How to implement a work site safety program Safety must become part of your company culture, just like punching the clock and taking breaks. Simply design your program specific to the ins and outs of your… Read more »

CDL Driver Workplace Safety Checklist

Commercial drivers are relied upon to deliver goods—safely and on time. But long hours on the road are not something to take lightly. Drivers should adhere to general safety guidelines to keep themselves and other motorists safe. Weather conditions, the actions of other drivers, and wildlife are all potential hazards. But by sticking to a list of safety rules, commercial drivers can help ensure a safe journey, every time. Top seven safety items for CDL drivers Drivers should follow these safety requirements to avoid accidents and maintain their CDL: Allow plenty of time to brake. Big rigs are heavy and… Read more »