Although, safety cabinets have been a staple in the construction industry for years, there are a variety of other companies and industries that should seriously consider making the switch. Typically, safety cabinets are used when companies are frequently dealing with hazardous chemicals.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has added yet another layer of H1N1 flu preparation to their agenda with the announcement of a public forum specifically targeting the sickness’ impact on the business sector.
In an effort to capitalize on the technological advancements made in personal protective equipment or (PPE), OSHA has revised its PPE standards in its sections for general industry, shipyards, long-shoring, and marine terminals. The revision, which will take effect on October 9, 2009, is just a continuation of OSHA’s commitment to update or remove outdated references in its standards.
Risk managers working in the construction, renovation or demolition industries are familiar with the hazards posed by dust with regards to the health of individual workers. While dust is of course known to cause dangerous working conditions due to its ability to reduce visibility on a work site, as well as its propensity to clog ventilation systems or tools and increase the chance of fire or malfunction, the injury threat it poses to the respiratory system of employees who are continually exposed to it is quite severe.
Not all hazardous materials issues are confined solely to the jobsite itself. Risk managers are often called upon to consult with and advise logistics personnel with regards to the safe transportation of chemicals and gases that pose a danger to those around them should they be mishandled or should an accident occur. While training of those who are called upon to interact with these materials while they are being transported is an important part of reducing the risks involved, the use of the proper safety equipment can also help to create a much safer process for all involved.
While upgrades to personal safety equipment and increased vigilance on the part of workers is critical to maintaining an injury-free workplace, it must not be forgotten that creating an atmosphere where safety can flourish is often in large part in the hands of risk managers and the policies that they enact at their respective organizations.
On November 9th 2009, the revised OSHA standard for acetylene will take effect; but for many in the industry the new revision comes as no surprise.
Ergonomics is considered a collection of equipment, tools, and best practices designed to make the workplace safer. Often undervalued, the impact of ergonomics is reflected through a decrease in the number of workers’ compensation claims and the total costs of these claims.
The release of NFPA 70E-2009 has introduced several changes that directly impact the habits and practices of those workers who service energized electrical circuits. In particular, several provisions have been made in order to prevent injury related to arc flash.
Electrical safety is a prime consideration of any contractor, employee or risk manager working in an industry where high voltages are a fact of life. Whether it is on the floor of a packaging plant, perched in a cherry picker in front of a utility pole, or even installing a 220v line in a new home, electrical contractors must remain vigilant in order to avoid the kinds of serious injuries that could result from even a momentary lapse of attention near an energized circuit.