Archive for Facility Safety

Workplace safety makes sense for business, expert says

A recent discussion in the Orlando Sentinel with workplace expert, Isabel Perry emphasizes the importance of workplace safety programs. Aside from the legal and social responsibility requirements, there is a cost effective aspect that, once realized, make work place safety mandatory. Fewer accidents result in lower insurance cost and increased productivity.

With respect to costs, if a workplace injury results in a $2,000 cost for a company that maintains a 10 percent profit margin, the company needs to increase revenues by $20,000 to pay for that accident.

Perry maintains that the most effective improvements for workplace safety include nonslip flooring and matts and safety harnesses for elevated work environments.  She also contends that there is a $3 savings for every $1 spent on safety – an investment well worth it.

Winter Safety

During emergency response activities or recovery operations, workers may be required to work in cold environments, and sometimes for extended periods. Cold stress is a common problem encountered in these types of situations. Enviro Safety Products has cut the prices on some of our most popular winter safety gear. Check out the savings now! The following will help workers understand what cold stress is, how it may affect their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.

How cold is too cold? According to OSHA, when the body is unable to keep itself warm, cold induced stress may result. Tissue damage and death are possible outcomes if precautions are not taken.  Air temperature, wind speed, moisture in the air, and contact with cold water or surfaces all increase the possibility of greater damage.

How does the body react to cold conditions? When in a cold environment, most of your body’s energy is used to keep your internal temperature warm. Over time, your body will begin to shift blood flow from your extremities (hands, feet, arms, and legs) and outer skin to the core (chest and abdomen). This allows exposed skin and the extremities to cool rapidly and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Combine this with cold water, and trench foot may also be a problem.

Protective clothing is the best precaution to avoid injury due to cold. When working in cold weather, wear the proper clothing. Three layers works best with the outer layer protecting the worker from wind and rain while still allowing some ventilation. Wear a hat or hood and insulated footwear.

Drink plenty of liquids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol. It is easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. If possible, heavy work should be scheduled during the warmer parts of the day. Take breaks out of the cold. Try to work in pairs to keep an eye on each other and watch for signs of cold stress. Avoid fatigue since energy is needed to keep muscles warm. Take frequent breaks and consume warm, high calorie food such as pasta to maintain energy reserves.

Workplace Safety Tips

A recent article in Australia’s Safe to Work newsletter offers some advice on creating a safer, injury free work place.  The writer contends that no matter what the size of an organization, occupational health and safety risks  can't be ignored as an integral part of business management.  The biggest risk is to do nothing at all.

The following tips are offered to help create a safer, injury free work place.

1.    Understand responsibilities – make someone in charge for understanding practical and legal safety requirements.  Have a clear and simple safety policy.

2.    Consult workers – any decision that involves worker safety should draw upon the experiences of those affected.

3.    Identify, assess and control risk – have a system in place in identify hazards so that appropriate measures can be taken to minimize and eliminate the risk.

4.    Inform, train and supervise – suitable training and employee involvement it essential in achieving safety success.

5.    Manage incidents and injuries – even with the best of precautions, accidents will happen.  Effective management will minimize loss and disruptions.

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What To Expect From OSHA Inspections

A man claiming to be an OSHA inspector has been harassing businesses in the Phoenix, AZ area. The impostor threatens business owners with citations and fines, then offers to forget about the violations for a check or cash payment. To avoid being taken advantage of, business owners should know exactly what to expect during an OSHA inspection.

  • Identification – Before beginning an inspection, compliance officers will identify themselves as OSHA representatives, and present credentials which include both a photograph and a serial number.
  • Opening Conference – The inspector will provide specific details as to why a company has been selected, the scope of the inspection, walk-through procedures, authorized representatives, and employee interviews.
  • Walk Around – After the opening conference, the facility inspection begins. A representative from the business will accompany the compliance officer on walk through portions of the facility covered by the the inspection, looking for hazards. Inspectors are required to document all violations, including those that are fixed on the spot.
  • Closing Conference – After the walk around, the inspector will hold a closing conference with the employer and employee representatives. At this time, the compliance officer will discuss the results of the inspection, and offer possible courses of action. OSHA inspectors should NEVER ask for payment or hand you an invoice. Any citations, fines or penalties resulting from the inspection will be mailed to you within 6 months of inspection date.

Enviro Safety Products Discount for Irene Clean Up

Disasters such as Hurricane Irene cause considerable hardship on our communities and businesses. As a valued Enviro Safety Products customer, we would like to extend the following offer:

10% off all orders shipped to the East Coast in areas that were affected by Hurricane Irene.

We hope this will assist in clean up and restoration efforts. We offer a complete line of

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This offer will be valid until September 30, 2011. Simply enter the coupon code irene upon checkout to receive your discount.

Making Safety Fun

Workplace safety is important, no matter what industry you’re in. It is management’s job to make sure all employees understand and follow the company’s predetermined safety procedures, which can be extremely challenging. Using games and other activities can be a fun, effective way to engage reluctant employees and increase safety awareness.

  • Safety Bingo – Bingo is an easy game that everyone knows, which makes it an ideal workplace safety game. There are two versions of this childhood game; one to use during meetings and one for ongoing accident prevention. Version 1: At the beginning of a safety meeting, hand out bingo cards with pre-printed safety phrases or slogans. Any time a phrase is used during the meeting, employees mark off that spot on their card. The first person to get a bingo gets a prize. This encourages attentive listening and active participation in the safety meeting. Version 2: Each week, employees receive a bingo card, and every day a new number is drawn. The first person to get 5 numbers in a row wins a prize. The catch is that any time there is an accident, injury or other safety problem, the game resets. This game creates a positive form of peer pressure to encourage safety compliance.
  • Safety Raffle – Another activity that can reinforce the importance of workplace safety is a raffle. Employees can collect raffle tickets by following safety procedures and reporting hazards. Every month, a drawing takes place, and the winner(s) get a prize. This game is great for encouraging individual responsibility for safety.
  • Safety Trivia Quizzes – Use a game show type format to quiz employees on relevant safety issues. Employees are divided into equal groups to answer questions. The first group to come up with the correct answer gets a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game gets a prize. Quiz games are great for team-building, and promote communication between co-workers.

Safety games and activities are simple, inexpensive, yet effective tools that provide incentive for proactive safety. They support an atmosphere of teamwork, and builds bonds of camaraderie. When you play safety games, everyone wins!

Workplace Ergonomics – Eliminate Body Aches and Injuries

How many of you go home with your body aching from a long day of work? Headaches, back aches, sore shoulders and painful wrists are often signs ergonomic problems. By practicing and following the principles of workplace ergonomics, you can help reduce and even eliminate common injuries and illnesses. Whether you’re behind a computer or lifting boxes in the warehouse, there’s always ways to make your work station ergonomically friendly.

What is Ergonomics? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Ergonomics is a discipline that involves arranging the environment to fit the person in it”. There are many ways to tackle common ergonomic workplace injuries. Ergonomically designed equipment such as back belts, knee pads, wrists supports and elbow pads can help reduce your end of the day aches. You can also eliminate common systems by following the basic principles of workplace ergonomics:

  1. Work in neutral postures
  2. Reduce excessive force
  3. Keep everything in easy reach
  4. Work at proper heights
  5. Reduce excessive motions
  6. Minimize fatigue and static load
  7. Minimize pressure points
  8. Provide clearance
  9. Move, exercise and stretch
  10. Maintain a comfortable environment

Warehouse Safety Tips

Working in a warehouse can be very dangerous. Hundreds of people are injured in warehouses each year. Hazards lurk around every corner – literally! The good news is, there are ways to minimize the risk to employer and employee alike.

  • Visibility: It is important to see clearly and be seen. Anti-Fog Safety Glasses provide crystal-clear vision even in humid conditions. Safety Mirrors allow you to see hazards around corners and at busy intersections, preventing accidents. High Visibility Clothing allows you to be seen from far away.
  • Fall Prevention: Proper Fall Protection Equipment can prevent countless accidents. Safety harnesses, lanyards and connectors can be combined to create a custom fall protection system to suit most applications.
  • Hazardous Materials: Proper storage of hazardous or flammable materials is crucial. Spills should be immediately contained. Spill Kits enable you to safely clean up and dispose of spilled chemicals.
  • Housekeeping: Aisles and docks should be free of obstacles such as boxes, trash and dirt. Make sure Fire Extinguishers and Eyewash Stations are easily accessible and in good working condition. Do not over-stack pallets or boxes.
  • Personal Protection: Proper lifting techniques (such as lifting from the knees, instead of the back) will prevent most back injuries. However, if heavy lifting is required on a regular basis, a Back Brace is recommended. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as Hardhats, Steel Toe Boots, and Safety Glasses are also valuable in reducing preventable injuries from falling or flying objects.

OSHA’s Free On-Site Consultation

Do the myths about workplace safety have you worried about your company? Are you looking to improve your workplace health and safety standards? OSHA offers a free on-site consultation service that is available to small/medium-sized business and companies with high-hazard work environments. OSHA will help employers identify workplace hazards, offer advise on how to comply with OSHA standards and regulations and aid in developing a safety and health management system. Don’t worry, the consultation is NOT related to enforcement and companies will not be penalized or cited.

In addition to recognizing and improving workplace hazards and protecting workers from injury and illness, OSHA will train employees how to take responsibility for their own safety and their coworkers’ safety. OSHA will also train facility managers and improve their understanding of workplace hazards and how to comply with federal and state safety and health requirements.

Experts believe that a company with a well-managed safety and health system will result in better managing and help improve overall employee morale. In addition, OSHA believes that an exemplary workplace safety and health management system makes financial sense since the cost of preventing an accident is far cheaper than the costs that accompany an accident.

Visit OSHA’s How to Get Started page for more information on improving your workplace today.

Don’t Lose Sight of Eye Protection

According to Prevent Blindness America, “more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one of more missed workdays to recover from their injury. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10 – 20% will cause temporary or permanent vision loss”. The correct eye protection, appropriate for the conditions in which you work, would certainly lessen the injury or prevent it all together.

A Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of injured workers found that 60% were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident and 40% were wearing the wrong type of eye protection for the job. Most of these workers were wearing safety glasses with no side shields. 70% of injuries were caused by flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Almost ½ of the workers reported that the offending objects were smaller than the head of a pin. 20% of the injuries were caused by contact with chemicals.

Welding requires extra eye protection for workers. They must wear welding goggles coupled with a face shield to combat the extremely high temperatures. Welders require extra protection, goggles and a face shield work best for protecting against the high temperatures, bright ultraviolet or infrared light as well as particles that can be thrown out from the welding process.

A welder might be even safer wearing a welding helmet. Welders may need the protection of these helmets to protect from the exposure to bright, ultraviolet or infrared light and the masks are fitted with filtered lenses shaded according to the amount of radiant light being produced by the welding process. The top of the line 3M Speedglas Filter and Helmet deliver the most versatile auto-darkening welding filter ever along with superior eye and face protection.

Enviro Safety Products offers a complete range of eye protection solutions. Our selection of safety goggles includes the Wiley X Spear Goggle, a low profile design that meets ballistic requirements. The Pyramex Onix Welding Glass with a Filter Flip lens is now available in bifocals, designed for multi-tasking and come in 2 magnifying strengths for superior vision and protection.

Our selection and our low price guarantee make Enviro Safety Products the safety company “Keeping your workplace safeTM”.