Heat Exhaustion/Sun Stroke

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn't enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, replenishing salt and minerals, and limiting time in the heat can help. Heat-related illnesses include Heatstroke - a life-threatening illness in which body [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00August 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Heat Exhaustion/Sun Stroke

Back to School Safety Tips

Sharing the road safely with school buses School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00August 3rd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Back to School Safety Tips

Backing up Equipment

Backing up equipment and vehicles is a challenging and dangerous task that can cause serious injury or even death to workers. Employers and supervisors should provide workers with: Information to recognize hazards Vehicles and equipment that operate properly (horns, four-way flashers, backup alarms, mirrors, sensors and cameras) Training to operate equipment safely Training to inspect their vehicles and surroundings before driving and after breaks to see if the area is clear. To Prevent Runovers, Train Workers to: Keep mirrors and cab windows clean. Roll down windows and open vehicle’s doors to hear shouts. Know the vehicle’s blind spots — mirrors never show the entire view. Have another worker [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00July 26th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Backing up Equipment

Safe Driving Practices

You are your employer’s most valuable asset! The way that you drive says everything about you and your company. Make a positive statement by following these work-related safe driving practices. Stay Safe Use a seat belt at all times – driver and passenger(s). Be well-rested before driving. Avoid taking medications that make you drowsy. Set a realistic goal for the number of miles that you can drive safely each day. If you are impaired by alcohol or any drug, do not drive. Stay Focused Driving requires your full attention. Avoid distractions, such as adjusting the radio or other controls, eating or [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00July 19th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Safe Driving Practices

Heat Stress

Protecting Workers from Heat Stress Heat Illness Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, should also be avoided. There are precautions your employer should take any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work. Risk Factors for Heat Illness High temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind Low liquid intake Heavy physical labor Waterproof clothing No recent exposure to hot workplaces Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion Headache, dizziness, or fainting Weakness and wet skin Irritability [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00July 12th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Heat Stress

Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. As of June 1, 2015, the HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below: Section 1, Identification includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restrictions on use. Section 2, Hazard(s) identification includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements. Section [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00July 5th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Hazard Communication

Protect Yourself

Construction Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Eye and Face Protection Safety glasses or face shields are worn any time work operations can cause foreign objects to get in the eye. For example, during welding, cutting, grinding, nailing (or when working with concrete and/or harmful chemi- cals or when exposed to flying particles). Wear when exposed to any electrical hazards, including working on energized electrical systems. Eye and face protectors – select based on anticipated hazards. Foot Protection Construction workers should wear work shoes or boots with slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles. Safety-toed footwear is worn to prevent crushed toes when working around heavy [...]

By |2017-01-12T11:10:59+00:00June 30th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Protect Yourself