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 »

The Proper Way to Alert Management of Unsafe Work Conditions

It’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain high safety standards. First off, a good company will care enough about its employees to strive for safe working conditions, no matter the cost. But even a cynical firm, only motivated by profit, should realize that safety makes the most long-term sense. It saves on costly shutdowns and accidents, as well as avoids potential legal troubles down the road. So, if you see an unsafe condition at your work, you can usually assume the higher-ups will thank you for bringing it to their attention. You shouldn’t have to be shy about safety. In… Read more »

Keeping Workers Safe in the Digital Age

Technology makes the world go ‘round. Most of us rely on smart phones and mobile devices to connect to the world around us, and these devices make life a lot easier in many ways. However, on the production floor, cell phones can be a distraction that puts workers in danger. Since careful attention must be paid to operating tools and machinery, a ringing cell phone can quickly shift a worker’s focus and lead to injury—to themselves or others. It’s important to develop a workplace technology policy and then mandate all supervisors and managers enforce it. Cell phone and mobile device… Read more »

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 »