Footwear Safety – a Buyer’s Guide to Choosing Proper Work Boots

How often do you think about your feet? They provide the base (literally) of almost everything you do. Yet, people tend to make them an afterthought, especially when on the job.   This is a mistake. Proper footwear can make the difference between a good day and a bad day at work. More than that, the right work boot represents an important piece of safety equipment. In that way, your footwear can also mean the difference between life and death, or at least an important tool to avoid serious injury.   You may think that’s an exaggeration, but feet represent a major… Read more »

8 Safety Hazards All Plumbers Should Be Aware Of

Plumbers show up in the strangest places. Unlike many other workers, your business takes you to a different location almost every day. You continuously find yourself in unfamiliar workplaces…which means you also face a new set of safety hazards in every new environment.   People who head to a factory or an office for a living have a limited number of safety hazards to worry about. They can learn the dangers of their environment and develop habits to avoid them. It becomes second nature.   Plumbing assignments don’t let you do that. You have to reassess your situation continually, as your work environment changes… Read more »

Safety 101: How Often Do Industrial Employees Need Workplace Safety Training?

Safety starts at the front lines. That means it starts with your employees. As in any industrial workplace, your workers provide the primary defense against accidents and injuries. They enact policies and procedures on an everyday basis that protect everyone’s health.    Training is key to that process. Give your workers the instruction they need, and your workplace will remain as safe as possible. But you need to balance these training sessions with productive output. So how much is enough? How often do industrial employees need workplace safety training?   Here are a few things to keep in mind as you answer… Read more »

Beat the Heat: 10 Tips to Stay Cool While Working in the Hot Weather

On a perfect day, working outside can seem like a bonus. But perfect days are rare. In the winter, you have to fight the cold. And then there’s the summer, when things can get even worse. To protect your health and stay productive, it’s important to find ways to stay cool while working in hot weather.   Hot days can cause significant discomfort. Sweating for eight hours in the hot sun isn’t exactly fun, unless it’s part of a beach vacation. But extreme heat can cause more than just an unpleasant day at work. The stifling temperature can pose a significant safety issue… Read more »

Protect Your Hands, You Need Them To Pick up Your Paycheck

You work with tools. That means, on a daily basis, you take your livelihood in your hands…literally. If something goes wrong, you could severely injure your hands, leading to career-altering damage. That makes it crucial to take every precaution necessary to protect your hands.   We know. You already take the necessary safety precautions. Therefore, there’s no reason to go over them here, right? Well, that’s not always true.   A government study from 2015 showed that hands represented the second most common workplace injury, behind only back injuries. The data, compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recorded 143,900 hand injuries for the… Read more »

Pranks and Practical Jokes – Don’t be a Fool

April Fools’ Day provides an excellent opportunity to relieve stress and inject some humor into a potentially tedious office environment. However, there are limits. Taken too far, pranks and practical jokes, even when conceived as harmless fun, can create serious issues.    It’s essential to loosen up at the office from time to time. Studies show that encouraging fun in the workplace can lead to concrete business benefits. For instance, a survey conducted by Robert Half International showed that 84% of executives associate a good sense of humor with good job performance. Meanwhile, 91% of respondents view humor as helpful for career advancement.  … Read more »

Minimizing Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries represent a significant workplace danger. Employers do what they can to avoid these conditions, but it is up to you to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy. With the proper steps, you can minimize the risk that repetitive stress will take its toll.   When people think of workplace injuries, they usually imagine sudden, devastating accidents. Slipping and falling, falling off a scaffold, getting caught in a machine – terrible, one-time events that can completely alter a person’s life. However, these abrupt calamities aren’t the only way to find yourself hurt on the job. Rather, repetitive… Read more »

Emergency Notification Procedures

Putting in place emergency notification procedures helps keep your workplace safe, no matter what comes up. In dangerous situations, strong communication and a well-established protocol ensure that everyone takes the appropriate action. This can minimize damage, avoid injuries, and save lives.   After all, emergencies happen suddenly, and they happen unexpectedly. In some ways, there’s no way to be 100% ready when they occur. That said, getting through an emergency with the minimum amount of negative consequences requires significant preparation. In other words, you have to get as ready as possible.   Here are a few types of incidents that require emergency… Read more »

Outdoor Construction Worker Safety

Working an outdoor construction job can be nice. When it’s 70 degrees, with a pleasant breeze and a few clouds to sit right in front of the sun, you’re thankful that you’re not stuck in some office somewhere. Things are different when the weather turns sour.    Rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures can make you wish for an indoor job. However, it’s not just about comfort. Inclement weather also puts your safety at risk. When conditions turn nasty, you need to take appropriate steps to protect yourself.   Rain   Staying dry is more than just a matter of comfort. Keeping the… Read more »

Daily Manufacturing Safety Concerns

Safety represents a significant concern for any manufacturing company. As a worker, you are particularly impacted by the level of compliance in your workspace. The company might see a financial incentive to keep things safe. For you, the concerns are much more immediate, since you are the one who faces a potential injury if there are any breakdowns.  That gives you a deep incentive to keep the workplace safe. It also means you need to take personal responsibility for your safety. When you’re on the manufacturing floor, you should enact every precaution possible to avoid an incident.  Luckily, there is plenty you can do. Here are… Read more »