Although day-light savings time does not officially end until, Sunday, November 1, 2009, you can already see that it starts to get darker at an earlier hour than before. Now that fall is upon us, you should consider whether or not your employees are geared up for the fall season. And, the best way to [...]
If there is one common theme that runs through almost every safety tip that gets published online or in the pages of an OSHA manual, that theme would be “awareness.” Staying aware of one’s surroundings, the activities of others in a work area, and of the safety policies designed to protect workers at a facility or job site are all key components of avoiding a work-related injury.
Fire safety is an overriding concern at many work sites. This is particularly true in segments of industry which routinely handle flammable materials, be they petroleum-based liquids, solvents or fuels, combustible dust or even lumber and paper storage facilities which constantly battle the drying effect of heat buildup.
Compressed gas is a fixture at many job sites, but it is also an element which can pose a several potential hazard in terms of worker health and safety. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed many layers of clear regulations and guidelines designed to help protect those who work with compressed gases from the dangers that surround their use.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been forced to reiterate the policies outlined in their Grain Handling Facilities standard, due to a rash of recent injuries and fatalities in the industry. The reminder serves to draw attention to section 1910.272 of the standard, which outlines a comprehensive safety policy that can help to save lives and prevent the type of accidents which have recently grabbed headlines.
Not all construction takes place within the relatively safe confines of a building job site. Some of the most dangerous construction jobs are found on America’s highways, where speeding cars, the dark of night and inclement weather all combine together to create one of the most challenging and hazardous work environments in the country.
When OSHA detailed their new focus on recordkeeping, safety analysts began wondering if an ergonomic standard may be in the works.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the details of their Site-Specific Targeting 2009 program this month. SST-09 expands the organization’s standard number of workplace safety inspections to specifically target an additional 4,000 worksites that have been deemed “high-hazard.” These particularly dangerous workplaces have been divided across three specific segments: manufacturing, non-manufacturing and nursing homes.
Forklift operation is a bit more complicated than it might at first seem. The demands of balancing cargo loads, weight transfer and safe maneuvering mean that piloting a forklift takes a specialized skill set – certainly more than just transferring basic driving skills onto a new platform.
With colder weather on the horizon in many states, and with some northern climates already in the grip of temperatures bordering on uncomfortable, it is once again time to consider the ergonomic and safety implications of outdoor work during the winter season.