Safety and Compliance News

  • Rules to Prevent Forklift-Related Accidents

    Forklifts are used in numerous work settings, primarily to move materials. Each year in the U.S., nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents. Forklift overturns are the leading cause of fatalities involving forklifts; they represent about 25 percent of all forklift-related deaths.

     

  • Sanitation and Safety Go Hand in Hand

    Maintaining a clean, orderly work area should be part of every safety and health program. However, many housekeeping programs fail to take into account the areas of the workplace where employees don’t actually work. Break rooms and lunch areas can often become housekeeping nightmares. Remind your employees that these areas require attention, too.

    Here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Ladder Safety 101

    Ladders are among those workplace fixtures that tend to be used so frequently that their hazards are rarely considered. But just consider the numbers.

  • Office Safety Essentials

    When someone mentions workplace safety, it typically conjures up thoughts of different types of industrial settings. Many people — including safety professionals — have a tendency to overlook safety in other types of work environments. For example, despite the common belief that an office provides a safe work environment, many hazards exist that can cause serious injuries and health problems.

  • Emergency Preparedness Depends on Having a Good Plan

    Research reveals that only 43 percent of small businesses feel adequately prepared to handle a natural or man-made disaster.

    If your company falls among the organizations ill prepared to cope with an emergency on-site, now is the time to fix the situation. Below are the answers to some common questions regarding emergency action plans:

  • Back Safety Requires Safe Lifting

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. One of the most important ways to prevent back pain and injury is to follow safe lifting procedures.

    Teach your employees these basic steps for safe lifting and handling:

  • Employee Training and Accident Prevention

    One of the first questions an OSHA accident investigator will ask is, “Was the injured employee properly trained to do the job?” Not only do you want to be able to answer “yes,” but you want to be able to provide documentation that the employee actually received training. Therefore, whenever safety training occurs in your facility, be sure to document the following:

  • Reduce Hand Tool Injuries in Your Facility

    OSHA addresses hand tool hazards in the workplace under 29 CFR 1910, Subpart P — and for good reason. There is a common misconception that hand tools rarely lead to serious workplace injuries, which is false. Just consider statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reveal that cuts, lacerations and puncture wounds — all injuries commonly associated with hand tool use — accounted for 14,960 of the lost work-time cases in manufacturing during 2017.

  • Essential Steps Toward Fall Prevention

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fatal work injuries from falls have increased 25 percent since 2011. Take the following actions to reduce falls in your facility:

  • Start New Employees on the Right Path to Safety

    It is essential that all employees know the role they play in keeping the workplace safe and free from hazards. When new employees arrive on the job, they should be introduced to the workplace and instructed on key safety rules and regulations that pertain to the work environment. An employee’s initial orientation does not necessarily cover job duties. That usually comes after the orientation.