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Personal Protective Equipment One way to prevent injury at work is to wear proper personal protective gear. Some protective equipment is necessary for specific jobs, while other items are necessary for any work. Employers should know the hazards their workers face on the job, then provide the proper equipment to protect against those hazards. It’s important that workers be trained on how to use and care for the equipment so it will provide maximum protection. Hard hats should be worn by all workers where there is a danger of flying, falling, and moving objects. Hard hats can mean the difference between life...

General Safe Practice Rules All employees shall follow safe procedures and operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to their Field Supervisor. Supervisors are instructed to take such action as is necessary to enforce these rules. Always ask your Field Supervisor if you do not know how or are in doubt as to the safest way of doing your job. Help the new or inexperienced employee by pointing out potential hazards. Wear clothes suited to the job – Hard Hats, Safety Shoes, Safety Glasses &  Gloves are Mandatory . No dangling or loose clothing or jewelry around moving machinery. No...

Wash Your Hands - Give Yourself a Hand We assume everyone knows how to wash their hands, but many workers don't realize how important hand washing and skin care can be in the prevention of disease.  Proper skin care and hand protection help keep workers productive and on the job. The best defense against the spread of illness or skin ailments is to prevent them where possible by washing them often, using barrier creams and wearing gloves designed to protect skin from contact with a variety of harmful agents and irritants.  If gloves are worn, clean or replace them frequently to make...

Occupational Vibration Exposure Many workers do not think that their exposure to vibration could be a health hazard.  Vibration exposure is more than just a nuisance.  Constant exposure to vibration has been known to cause serious health problems such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vascular disorders.  Vibration related injury is especially prevalent in occupations that require outdoor work, such as forestry, farming, transportation, shipping, and construction.  There are two classifications for vibration exposure:  whole-body vibration and hand and arm vibration.  These two types of vibration have different sources, affect different areas of the body, and produce different symptoms. Whole-body vibration...

Unlawful Harassment The Company is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, and therefore strictly prohibits all unlawful harassment.  Any employee found to be responsible for harassment in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.  The Company will not tolerate reprisals against individuals filing complaints in good faith under this policy. II.            DEFINITION OF DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT Prohibited discriminatory harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of that person’s race, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability,...

Fireworks Safety The 4th of July is quickly approaching. OSHA is reminding the pyrotechnics industry to be cautious, focusing on protecting their team from the hazards of creation, storage, shipping and selling fireworks. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday weekend; Secure firework facilities Be aware of your surroundings - keep exits accessible and free of debris Know emergency procedures Note the location of fire extinguisher and how to operate Always keep fireworks in view Dispose of fireworks properly Remove loose powder quickly Do not smoke around fireworks (50ft) If you are a company putting on a...

Driving Vehicles & Moving Equipment Safely Many workplace injuries and deaths involve vehicles and moving equipment, but sometimes this equipment is essential to the work operation. All vehicle and equipment operators should be trained, competent, and safety-minded to avoid costly accidents and injuries. Before operation, drivers should carefully read the operator's manual and observe the operating, maintenance, and safety instructions. Operators should be prepared for a safe day at the wheel, by getting enough rest and taking occasional breaks, especially on hot days, to reduce fatigue. Vehicle operation should be limited or avoided when drivers are ill or taking medications that can...

Preventing Strains & Sprains Lifting, pushing, and overreaching are common causes of strains and sprains. Any job that requires you to sit or stand bent in an awkward position for long periods of time can cause excess stress and strain on muscles. Most strains and sprains affect the back, arms, and shoulders. However, there are some very simple things you can do to prevent or minimize body strains and sprains. Many strains and sprains occur because of poor material handling. Workers lift things that weigh too much or they lift incorrectly. Lift correctly by bending your knees, not your back. Carry loads...

Keep Up With Ladder Safety Ladder safety begins with selecting the right ladder for the job and includes inspection, setup, proper climbing or standing, proper use, care, and storage. This combination of safe equipment and its safe use can eliminate most ladder accidents. Always check a ladder before using it. Inspect wood ladders for cracks or splits. Inspect metal and fiberglass ladders for bends and breaks. Never use a damaged ladder. Tag it "Defective" and report it to your supervisor. When setting up a ladder, make sure its straight and sitting firmly on the ground or floor. If one foot sits lower, build...

Practice Good Housekeeping Good housekeeping is one of the surest ways to identify a safe workplace. You can tell how workers' feel about safety just by looking at their housekeeping practices. Good housekeeping isn't the result of cleaning up once a week or even once a day. It's the result of keeping cleaned-up all the time. It's an essential factor in a good safety program, promoting safety, health, production, and morale. Whose responsibility is housekeeping? It's everyone's. Clean work areas and aisles help eliminate tripping hazards. Respecting "wet floor" signs and immediately cleaning up spills prevents slipping injuries. Keeping storage areas uncluttered...