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SAFETY RULES: WHY THEY EXIST

1/4/2016 - Posted by rondafriesel

Who is responsible for the creation of safety rules? It was the guy we’ve all heard about who cut off two of his fingers after he removed the guard on a saw. He was helped by the machinist who didn’t have the time to go back to the lunch room for safety glasses and lost an eye when the bit broke in the drill press. They both got advice from a co-worker who had his head split open by a falling hammer because he “just plain didn’t like to wear hard hats.” Why write the rules? EACH AND EVERY SAFETY RULE CAME ABOUT BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS HURT, MAIMED – OR KILLED. Their misfortune contributed to our knowledge of how accidents happen; and how to prevent them. Rules are created in order to help avoid similar accidents or injuries. Who is protected by these rules? You. Your safety practices help you avoid life altering accidents, including death and dismemberment. Your company. Investing in employee safety ensures that your company will have employees to drive the success of the business. No employees; no business. Your company provides the tools, equipment, and conditions that will help employees do their best, while providing an overall safe place to work. In return, the company expects that employees will follow work and safety rules, and the Governmental standards that must legally be followed.

Employee Benefits:

  • Healthy, happy employees
  • Lower cost employeepremiums
  • Increased profit sharing
  • Increased jobs, more work
  • Job security at work
  • Increased profits

Employer Benefits:

  • Reduced fatalities, injuries
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Improved competitive edge
  • Positive customer relations
  • Longevity in business
  • Lower operating costs

 

Anticipated Results:

By working together, a win-win situation is created!


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Plan Ahead for Holiday and Winter Travel

12/14/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

The holidays are fast approaching and so is the need to prepare and protect yourself during the hazardous winter driving ahead. Your car needs to be mechanically fit and you need to be mentally prepared for the travel ahead of you.

Think about your family and friends that are counting on you to deliver them safely during the cold, ice, and snow over the winter months. Consider others who have not planned ahead and are not cautious drivers. They are the drivers you will have to be ready to avoid on the slippery winter roads.

Car: Your car needs to be winterized and running at peak performance for safe winter driving. Have a strong battery, fluids checked and full, fresh windshield wipers, and good tires for traction and control. Now is a good time to have all of the car’s systems checked before the first surprise snow and ice storm hit. Keep the gas tank full and your cell phone charged.

Plan Your Trip: Always check the weather and plan accordingly – expect the unexpected. Program your car radio for traffic reports and emergency messages and check the weather apps on your phone. Let others know your route and travel times and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination. Keep a minimum of extra clothing, a blanket, high calorie non-perishable food, and a first aid kit in your car. Depending on your travels, you will likely need to customize your survival kit.

Prepare Yourself: Stay rested – stay alert. Driving in ice and snow requires you to be mentally alert and rely on past driving experience to analyze situations and stay safe. Visibility is often less, while reaction and stopping times are greater, during winter driving. Slow down, increase your distance between cars, and avoid texting and talking on the phone when driving in winter conditions.

Protect Yourself: Always buckle up and make sure your passengers are, too. Slow down and leave plenty of room for snow plows to pass by, as they may cover your windshield with plowed snow as they pass, possibly eliminating visibility until your wipers can clear the snow. If your vehicle breaks down, pull as far off of the road as possible. Stay in the car and call for help. For road emergencies call 911.

 

Remember: Most accidents are caused by drivers following too closely and failing to yield and maintain control.

For more winter driving tips please visit: AAA Winter Driving Tips

 


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“For Safety’s Sake – Do Something!”

11/2/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

Everyday activities including work, play, school, shopping, travel, and just about everything we do involves some sort of safety risk. So how do we protect ourselves and others from these potential injuries?

By far the most important way to prevent injuries is to train ourselves to be vigilant and be able to recognize conditions that could cause injury to ourselves and others. It’s great to be able to recognize and avoid injuries, but that is not enough!

What do we do after that? Do we just walk on by? Do we tell someone or file an Incident Report? Still not enough!

If possible, you should always try to “Do Something” to eliminate that risk.

  1. If you see a spill or trip hazard clean it up, mark it, or move it if you can.
  2. If you see someone struggling with an awkward or heavy load help them out.
  3. If you see someone working without the correct PPE or using the wrong tool, talk to them about the safe way.
  4. If you see someone working safely, compliment and thank them to reinforce their safe behaviors.
  5. If you see something that you can’t immediately address then you need to tell someone who can eliminate the safety risk and/or file an Incident Report for immediate attention.

Safety Observation Cards

  1. Safety Observation Cards make it easy to record items that need to be corrected, items that could be improved, or to recognize and reward safe behavior and work practices.
  2. Safety observations are a key action to measure how well workers are engaged with safety.
  3. Safety observations help to create a safe and healthy environment for everybody!

 


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WHY DO YOU WORK SAFELY?

10/21/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

In order to deliberately do something day after day you need a reason. You eat because you need food to live. You sleep because your body needs the rest. You go to work to provide for yourself and your family.

Have you stopped to think about your reasons for working safely? Do you go along with safety regulations because OSHA and the company say so, or to win recognition for being accident free? Stop and think – you have far better reasons for working safely, and here are only a few examples:

  1. You want to continue working to support your family in the comfortable lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.
  2. Some accidents result in months of pain and even hospital stays. Some pains never go away.
  3. You hate the sight of blood – especially your own.
  4. A disability could end all your favorite recreational activities.
  5. A head injury could impact your ability to speak, read, or even enjoy your favorite TV show.
  6. You want to enjoy life with your family and friends without the changes that a significant injury would impose.
  7. You have plans for the future. Career! Family! Kids! Grandkids! Travel! Retirement!

A workplace accident can permanently change all those plans in an instant. With an accident you could be on your way to the hospital and might have months of painful therapy to recover. Think about how much is resting on your shoulders every day, and all the people who are counting on you to come home safely. Working safe is really a very small price to pay for being able to improve and maintain your lifestyle. There is no job or piece of production that is worth the risk of injury.

 


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Lightning Safety

9/14/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

If you hear thunder, then lightning is close enough to strike you – immediately move to safe shelter. A safe shelter is a substantial building or inside an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle. Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

Indoor Lightning Safety Tips

  • Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Cell phones and wireless devices are safe to use.

 

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

There isn’t a single safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area, but if you are caught outside without safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions may reduce your risk:

  1. Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks.
  2. Never lie flat on the ground.
  3. Never use a tree for shelter.
  4. Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
  5. Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
  6. Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.).
  7. Spread out – do not huddle in groups.

If Someone is Struck – Act Fast!

  • Victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need immediate medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for most victims.
  • Monitor the victim and begin CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or AED (automated external defibrillator), if necessary.
  • Call 911 for help.

 

Lightning Facts:

  • Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly if it is a tall, isolated object.
  • Most lightning victims are in the open areas or near a tree.
  • Lightning strikes the U.S. about 25 million times each year.
  • Lightning can heat its path through the air to five times hotter than the surface of the sun.8-3-2015_when thunder roars

 

Visit the NOAA and the National Weather Service for more information:

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

http://www.weather.gov

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/resources/lightning3_050714.pdf


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Office Electrical Safety

8/10/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

What Are The Hazards? Fire and Electrocution are the two main hazards associated with Office Electrical Safety. Overloaded circuits can also cause power loss, work interruptions, and loss of productivity. A “rats nest” of tangled electrical cords not only creates a fire hazard but also a personal injury risk from slips / trips / falls. Many personal offices, cubicles, and work areas are not set up to handle the additional electrical load from items such as space heaters, fans, coffee makers, and printers.

 

    1. NEVER “daisy chain” powerstrips and extension cords.
  • Always check for damaged cords and replace if necessary.
  • Do not run cords across walkways and door. They may cause tripping hazards.
  • Do not overload circuits with too many plugs.
  • Never pull a plug out by the cord always grip it firmly at the base.
  • Keep all cords away from extreme heat of fires.
  • Never touch an exposed electrical wire.
  • Be sure there is no water leaking on or near electronic devices.

 

Do the Math

If you are going to use extension cords, power strips, or surge protectors with two or more appliances, you must add together the wattage rating for all appliances used on the cord. Add up all the power requirements. This total should not exceed 80 percent of the rated capacity of the extension cord, power strip, or surge protector you are using.

Hair dryer 1,600 Portable heater 1,500

Vacuum cleaner 600 Portable fan 150

Television 150 Hot Plate 1,200

Light bulbs 40, 60, 75, or 100 Coffee Pot 1,200

Check with your maintenance or facility manager to be sure it is safe and acceptable to connect accessory devices and equipment in your work area.


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Safety for New Workers

7/20/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

Why is safety training so important to new workers and / or to someone who is moving into a new job or position? New workers are 5 times more likely to be injured on the job than experienced workers, and most of those injuries occur within 90 days after starting a new job. Here is a sobering example from a newly released fatality report that describes a such an incident:

A 21 year old warehouse worker was killed when the fork lift he was driving rolled over and crushed him. The OSHA investigation determined the worker had no prior experience, was not provided adequate training, was not wearing a seat belt, and it was his 6th day on the job. It was also his last day.

New workers, young workers, or those moving into a new position must have the safety training which provides the knowledge and skills that are required to do that job safely. A perfect storm for potential injuries arises when an employer makes the assumption that the employee knows how to do the job safely, while at the same time the employee is not willing to ask questions. Every manager has the duty to be sure that each employee possesses the training, skills, and knowledge to perform their job safely.

A few important safety training items that might be overlooked:

  • How to recognize, eliminate, and report a safety risk rather than to wait for an incident to happen.
  • What to do, who to call, and where to shelter in an emergency situation.
  • What to do in a machine breakdown or process upset condition.

 

  1. Conveying the safety message that: All injuries are preventable. Working safely is a condition of employment.

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Household Hazardous Waste

6/15/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

Most factories and offices have a plan to deal with hazardous waste, but very few households have a similar plan to safely dispose of hazardous products. Batteries, cleaners, pesticides, light bulbs, and even medications are only a few items that should be disposed of properly and NOT flushed down a drain or placed in the garbage where they could potentially contaminate the streams and groundwater.

Following is a short list of the many products that require special handling and disposal:

Batteries – automotive and rechargeable Antifreeze

Light Bulbs – fluorescent and mercury Ammonia/Bleach

Mercury Switches and Thermometers Cleaners/Solvents

Oil Based Paints and Thinners Gasoline/Fuel

Televisions, Computes & Electronics Used Oil & Filters

Fireworks Pesticides

Weed Killers Cooking Grease

Pool Chemicals Medications

Many communities and private organizations have drop off locations where hazardous materials can be taken for proper handling and disposal. Check out your local newspaper for the time and place to dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste.

Pollution Prevention Starts At Home

 

 


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WHO WILL ANSWER YOUR NEXT TEXT?

4/13/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

What is 4-13-2015_Who will answer your next text Driving? Driving while texting or talking on the phone is considered more dangerous than driving intoxicated at .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) – thus the term “InTEXTicated” driving. InTEXTicated drivers tend to have a slower response time than other impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near misses. Nearly 80% of crashes and 65% of close calls involve a driver’s lack of attention within three seconds before the event.

Consider these examples: A Denver teenager who is texting and driving weaves out of his lane and kills a bicyclist. A young man is texting with his fiancée while she is driving – it is three hours later after her messages stop that he learns that she drove into the back of a truck and was killed. The list goes on and there are many more equally disturbing incidents associated with texting and driving.

Why should we care? InTEXTicated driving is impaired driving, and puts all drivers at risk. Estimates are that 45% of traffic fatalities involve a driver who was either distracted or impaired in some way. Texting while driving provides 3 main distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive.

What can we do? First commit yourself to not texting or talking on the cell phone while driving. Be a careful and safe driver who maintains a keen focus on defensive driving techniques so you are aware of what other drivers are doing – always be prepared for the unexpected and unsafe drivers. Be a good example to younger drivers.

“InTEXTicated and impaired driving costs us all”

 


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Eye Safety Month

3/16/2015 - Posted by rondafriesel

March is “Eye Safety Month”, which serves as a timely reminder that we need to protect our eyes at all times. Interestingly, most eye injuries occur to people who are performing their regular jobs. In addition, most eye injuries occur to workers who are either not wearing the correct eye protection for the job or to those who are not wearing any eye protection. The obvious conclusion is that most, if not all, eye injuries can be prevented simply by wearing the proper eye protection for the job being performed.

At Work: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that almost 70% of eye injuries occur from falling or flying objects, or from sparks striking the eyes. Construction workers are frequently subjected to injuries from dust particles, metal, wood, cement, liquids, chemicals, gasses, vapors, sparks, and light radiation. OSHA 1910.133 provides a valuable guide for the selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye wear must be designed to effectively protect the person from specific hazards and must also fit properly.

At Home: Almost 1,000 eye injuries occur every day around the home. Knives, forks, cleaning supplies, detergents, clothes hangers, hair spray, pointed objects, nails, sawdust, screwdrivers, and toys are only a few of the items that cause potential eye injuries around the home. The best method of prevention is to keep eye protection handy and to always be sure to use PPE at home. Educating children about eye protection and setting a good example may very well prevent a future eye injury or even blindness.

At Play: There are prescription and non-prescription eye wear available for any sport. Be sure to wear suitable eye protection, especially for contact sports. Also, don’t forget to shield your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses and hats.

Also Important: Maintain good eye health by visiting your eye doctor regularly.

PPE for protecting your eyes is cheap.

Maintaining good eyesight is priceless!