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Eyes Are God’s Greatest Gift, ProtectThem

Eyes Are God’s Greatest Gift, Protect Them

There are some things that we always take for granted. One of them is eyesight. But thousands of people injure their eyes in accidents every year. Only then do they realize that eyes are one of our most precious possessions – something, which one cannot afford to replace.

Protect your eyes against:
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    Mechanical hazards arising out of flying objects at the workplace – sparks, flying chips, particles, dust etc
  • Chemical hazards can result in splashes or spillages: especially when powders and liquids are splashed, agitated or shaken. 
  • Radiation or Thermal hazards from Heat, glare, ultra-violet and infra-red rays originate
Learn to identify these hazards and protect your eyes.

Some of the accepted safety rules are:

  1. Wear your safety glasses when working.
  2. Wear close-fitting safety goggles or cup sided shields while grinding.  
  3. Scratched, pitted or damaged safety glasses should be replaced immediately.
  4. Wear properly shaded lenses when welding and cutting. 
  5. Do not look directly into open containers of hazardous materials.
  6. Make sure power tools have been turned off before you remove goggles.
  7. Be sure hands or handkerchiefs are clean before wiping face and eyes.

Prevent eye injuries by following the above simple precautions.

Occupational Dermatitis Hazards and Control Measures

Prevent Occupational Disease - Hazards and Control Measures

Occupational skin diseases, including occupational dermatitis, are the second most common type of occupational disease.
Number of  workers face job-related exposures to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, in industries ranging from construction to health care and food service. The occupational skin diseases that arise from these exposures can be every bit as debilitating as occupational lung diseases or severe ergonomic injuries, forcing workers out of their jobs.

Therefore, you should determine if the five risk factors for occupational dermatitis exist and must be and addressed in your workplace.
What Is Occupational Dermatitis?
Dermatitis occurs when skin becomes inflamed and irritated. The two general types of dermatitis are primary irritation and sensitization. Primary irritation usually results from contact with a substance—such as strong acids, caustics, and solvents—in a significant quantity, concentration, and length of time.
This affects the skin directly at the exposure site in different ways, depending on the type of chemical. For example, solvents work by removing fats and oils from the skin, while prolonged exposure to oils and waxes can plug up the skin's hair follicles and sweat ducts, causing inflammation and acne.
Sensitization is an allergic reaction that occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to a substance. Workers may become sensitized after a single exposure to a substance, or they may be exposed to a substance for years before their body begins to react.
Identifying Dermatitis Risks
No industry can claim immunity to problematic skin exposures. For example:
  • Workers in construction are exposed to Portland cement.
  • Healthcare workers are at risk from latex, chemical sterilants and disinfectants, and hazardous drugs.
  • Agricultural workers' skin is exposed to pesticides.
  • Many hairdressers are forced out of their trade because they develop skin reactions to the chemicals they use on their clients.
Any worker exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace should be aware of the potential for skin damage, the dangers of occupational dermatitis, and preventive measures, including wearing appropriate gloves to prevent contact.
These five factors increase the risk of occupational dermatitis:
1. Frequent or prolonged contact with chemicals. A chemical that might be harmless or mildly irritating during occasional use can become much more hazardous with frequent or prolonged contact. Examine the safety information for any chemical that is in contact with workers' skin frequently or for prolonged periods to ensure that it does not cause skin irritation, sensitization, or systemic effects.
Also, look for less obvious sources of chemical contact. For example, pesticide residues will linger on plants, and workers who handle these plants may have significant exposures through the skin even after the waiting period required following pesticide applications.
Sources of skin exposure include:
  • Direct contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Aerosolized particles
  • Immersion
  • Splashes
2. Skin that is already damaged. Intact skin can protect against many exposures, but damaged skin may permit chemicals that would otherwise be blocked to enter the body.
Employees who work with chemicals that pose a skin hazard should be aware of whether they need to take additional precautions when they have scratches or cuts on their skin. Under some circumstances—for example, workers with large open wounds that could come into contact with chemicals—they may need to be temporarily reassigned.

Workers exposed to mechanical hazards, such as friction, pressure, abrasive materials, or sharp edges, can suffer skin damage on the job that will make chemical exposures much more dangerous. Make sure chemical exposure hazards are not compounded by trauma hazards in the workplace.
3. Poor hygiene. Workers with dermal exposures should wash frequently so chemicals do not remain on their skin for long periods of time. Skin hygiene in the presence of hazardous chemicals is somewhat different from skin hygiene at home. Workers should:
  • Wash their hands before putting gloves on so they do not trap hazardous materials against their skin.
  • Wash their gloves before removing them so they do not transfer hazardous chemicals from the gloves to their skin.
  • Wash their hands after removing contaminated gloves, and dry their hands gently, but thoroughly.
  • Use only moisturizers provided by the employer that will not damage gloves, and apply lotions and moisturizers only to clean skin.
Note: If pH is an issue (as it is for workers who use Portland cement), employers should provide pH neutral or buffered soaps at work, and workers should also use them at home.
4. Temperature extremes or exposure to sunlight. Heat and cold both stress the skin, making it more susceptible to chemical injury. Sunlight, too, can make some exposures more dangerous through its interaction with chemicals.
5. Wet work. A chemical that might not ordinarily penetrate the skin in large amounts could do so under wet conditions—including heavy perspiration—because wet skin is more permeable than dry skin. Workers in wet environments may need to take precautions—such as wearing gloves—that would not be necessary if their skin were dry.
Tip: Workers who use solvents, such as methylene chloride, may be tempted to clean their skin with it. Teach them about the hazards and to clean their skin with soap and water only, rather than with potentially hazardous solvents.

Motivate Employees for Happier Workplace Environment

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Motivate Employees for Happier Workplace Environment

  1. Appreciate your employees by recognizing their accomplishments with praise and appreciation.
  2. Don't wait for reviews or evaluations to praise your workers.
  3. Show employees you care by paying attention to their daily work and achievements.
  4. Show your appreciation when they are working particularly hard.
  5. You can never say “thank you” too often.
  6. Know your employees and coworkers by name.
  7. Be involved – say hello, ask them about their weekends, families, etc.
  8. Socialization is a key factor for happiness. The more fun and social your workplace is, the happier your employees will be.
  9. Don't micromanage your employees. It lowers motivation and the overall morale of the department.
  10. Free time can be even more important that money or raises. Motivate your employees by offering a paid day off or a more flexible schedule.
  11. Workers are happier when their basic needs are met, so support health and wellness initiatives at work.
  12. A healthy environment includes good lighting, plenty of natural sunlight, plants, plenty of fresh water, etc.
  13. Allow your workers to take shorts breaks where they can get up, stretch and take a break from the computer so they can refresh. This in turn will help improve their creativity and productivity.
  14. Encourage vacations. Workers will return happier, refreshed and motivated.
  15. Have weekly meetings to discuss good news. Most meetings go over what's missing or bad events – switch it up by holding meetings to share the positive news.

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Train Your People to Prevent Problems and Injuries

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Train Employees to Prevent Problems and Injuries

Safety Training / Weekly Tool box Talk is an excellent opportunity to remind employees of their responsibilities in preventing problems that could lead to injuries. These detailed the primary hazards workers are exposed to and offered recommendations on how to minimize those risks. 
Accident prevention at work is everyone's job. 
The vast majority of injuries and accidents that happen at the workplace are preventable.
Hazard recognition is the first step in having a safe workplace. 
The more you know about the various types of hazards that are found at the workplace, the better you become at spotting hazards.You must recognize potential hazards around you and make every effort to avoid and reduce these hazards. This is everyone’s job and all workers and supervisors should constantly look for hazards that can lead to injury. But you must do more.
Once you recognize the hazard, you must do something about it. 
Remember that as work progresses, hazards may change. By controlling, or eliminating the hazard, you have made the workplace safer.
Important Points
  • Always remember, safety starts with you.
  • You need to have a willing, positive attitude towards safety in the workplace.
  • You have people depending on you every day, and they expect you to come home alive and well. 
  • Practicing safety on the job will allow you to go home to the ones you love.
  • A willing, positive attitude towards safety and recognizing line of fire hazards will help make a safer work environment.
  • Plan your work and look for potential line of fire hazards.
  • Each task will have different hazards. Identify them before you begin work.
Why It Matters ?
  • Most accidents and injuries in the workplace are preventable.
  • Diligent awareness and prudent actions are needed to prevent injuries.
  • So, regularly train your workers on what hazards to be aware of in your workplace and what actions to take to protect against these hazards.
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Minimizing Workplace Injuries by Maximize Efficiency

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Prevent Workplace Injuries

From unexpected falls to machinery mishaps, accidents at work are unpredictable and can happen to anyone many injuries are reported in private industry employers. Putting in the extra effort to guarantee your work environment is safe shows employees you care about their well-being and may help improve workforce morale and productivity.

By taking action and following these precautionary steps, you can prevent common workplace injuries and protect your employees.


Falls have the unfortunate (but unsurprising) distinction of being the most common type of work injury. In one swift movement, you can hurt your body and your dignity. Slips, trips, and falls often can be avoided by keeping work spaces free of clutter; less to trip over means fewer injuries.
Keep walkways clear, boxes and files organized and properly stored, and electrical cords secured and covered. Use drip pans and guards when dealing with a liquid, and clean any spill immediately. Placing rugs and other skid-resistant surfaces in areas that might become slippery when wet can reduce falls.

Safety Tip: Add extra rugs in entryways to prevent slippery floors during rainy and snowy seasons.
Employees should refrain from standing on chairs, especially those with wheels. If you need assistance with something out of reach, use a step ladder that is placed on firm, level ground, or connect with the on-site specialist or maintenance team. The National Safety Council also suggests keeping vision lines clear by installing convex mirrors to improve sight lines when turning corners.

Struck or Caught By Objects

Being struck by or caught on an object is another common concern. Stack boxes straight up and down, but avoid piling them to the point where they become unstable. Remember to store heavy objects close to the floor to help lower the risk of being injured if a cabinet or bookshelf falls over. Beware of fully-extended file cabinet drawers because the cabinets are prone to toppling over.

Equipment Usage

Misusing equipment is one of the most prevalent causes of workplace injuries. Each staff member should be thoroughly trained on how to use equipment common to daily tasks and operations. Additionally, ensure each piece of equipment is used for its intended purpose and handled correctly. Regularly cleaning and inspecting equipment also can help certify that it's safe to use. If needed, confirm employees are wearing protective clothing such as safety glasses, helmets, or gloves when operating equipment to provide extra protection, and follow safety compliance.

Fire Safety

Fire hazards remain an ongoing concern. Start taking safety precautions by making sure all electrical cords are in good condition, because damaged cords can be a serious problem. Limit the use of space heaters and never leave one unattended. If you do need to use a space heater, keep it away from paper products and confirm it has a fail-safe for turning off if it tips over. Keep fire escape routes clear, and never block or shut off fire sprinklers. Verify all staffers are aware of the company's fire exit strategy by holding annual fire drills. Annually review fire alarms and extinguishers to be sure they are working and up to date.

If using combustible materials in the work environment, keep only the amount needed on hand and store materials in fire-safe containers in an assigned storage area. Using industrial vacuums to frequently clean work spaces also helps prevent dust accumulation and fires.

Substance Control

Drug addiction is affecting people from all walks of life, including your employees. Employees under the influence are more likely to be involved in an on-the-job accident because of impaired judgement, response time, and reflexes. Is your workplace current with drug testing policies? Expand existing policies to include commonly prescribed medications (opioids), as well as illicit drugs and alcohol. Implementing this type of testing establishes the use of drugs and can allow the employer to help the employee seek help for drug addiction.

Employers can start the conversation by educating their workforce about what's expected from the drug testing program and what resources they can access through the company Employee Assistance Program (EAP). An EAP helps facilitate support by connecting employees with ongoing resources to stay clean and find healthier stress solutions outside of drug use. Drug testing is the first step in recognizing a problem and will keep and support a safe workplace.

Take Breaks

Many work-related injuries occur when a worker is tired and isn't paying close attention to surrounding dangers. Whether you're sitting at a computer all day or doing manual labor, it's important to take breaks to rest your mind and your body.

While workplace injuries can never fully be avoided, they can be decreased. Administrative staff play a key role when identifying and eliminating potentially harmful conditions. When conducting workplace walk-throughs, take this list of safety tips and see how many can be applied to your current work environment. Talk to employees about their needs and concerns, educate them on safety procedures, and establish a reporting system for potential hazards so that issues can be addressed before they cause a future workplace injury.

How to Improve Lone Worker Safety

How to Improve Lone Worker Safety

Lone workers occupy some of the most challenging and dangerous jobs. 

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Social workers, security officers, delivery agents, realtors and in-home healthcare providers, just to name a few, often spend great portions of the day away from their offices, peers and the security available in those familiar locations. Being alone and visiting unfamiliar and potentially volatile situations is a common challenge these lone workers face nearly every day. The constant fear of physical harm takes a toll on lone workers, and their lack of safety confidence can lead to a reduced level of performance, a lower level of engagement with the organization and increased employee turnover.

Organizations with lone workers have worked hard to improve the safety conditions of their remote employees. While each organization’s plan and safety device of choice may differ, just implementing a solution dedicated to protecting your people is a good start and a requirement to keep morale and performance at acceptable levels.
In a crowded marketplace of lone worker safety solutions, organizations are faced with many options for improving lone worker safety. Like all services some are better than others, offering superior workflows, features and benefits. Sorting through the available options becomes easier when the evaluation focuses on these four elements that can improve safety outcomes:

An Audible Alarm
During an attack, the immediate sounding of an audible alarm can help your workers communicate that they are not alone and send a warning to the aggressor, which can stall or halt an attack. Different smartphone safety apps provide alarms and alerts in a multitude of ways. Choose a product that allows your people to initiate the alarm without pressing any buttons or unlocking a phone, as these unnecessary steps take time.

A Strong Deterrent
Sometimes just having access to a safety system and law enforcement is enough to discourage an attacker. Having a visual deterrent, like a brightly-colored tether attached to a mobile phone, allows the worker to share information about their support and safety system. By letting a would-be aggressor know that pulling the tether will result in a notification to the police, the employee can operate more confidently while the potential aggressor will think twice about escalating a situation.

A Signal for Help
Lone worker safety applications (smartphone apps) give users the ability to notify employers and emergency personnel that help is needed via a simple action such as pulling a wrist tether from an unlocked phone. Once signaled, the appropriate authorities are immediately dispatched to the worker’s location, discovered via GPS monitoring from the user’s mobile device. In addition, previously-programmed information about the employee will be sent to the dispatch team, requiring the threatened worker to enter zero information while the event is taking place.

Improved Confidence

By providing your organization with the tools and resources to promote the well-being of your employees, you’re giving your workers the peace of mind that they are not alone. When workers feel safe, productivity remains intact and energy is geared towards getting the job done.

Furthermore, statistics show employee perceptions of safety drastically can impact job satisfaction and productivity, while reduced employee stress is crucial to an organization’s business operations.

Technology has changed the game for the lone worker, and that’s great news for the case workers, in-home healthcare professionals, realtors and other professionals who brave the real world every day to deliver their services. If you haven’t already, consider investing in a lone worker safety solution to arm your people with a strong deterrent, an audible alarm, a direct connection to law enforcement and improved safety confidence. Your workers don’t need to feel alone when they are out on a job and away from the security of the office.

Warehouse Safety

Warehouse Safety

Whether in a free-standing facility or an adjunct to a manufacturing operation, you should be aware of the hazards affecting warehousing employees.

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Safety concerns for production facilities with warehouses include conveyors, manual material handling, fire safety, chemical exposure, lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks, housekeeping, air emissions, noise and ergonomics. Additional hazards found in warehousing include loading docks, material storage, fire safety and charging stations.

Several problems exist that affect the safe storage of materials. These include bad pallets,damaged racks, irregular dimensions, inadequate space, load limits of racks and mezzanines,lack of spacing between back-to-back racks and insufficient guarding on mezzanine.

Powered industrial trucks are vital to most warehouse operations. They pose great risk for endangering associates, property and products if operated improperly. That’s why only those employees who are trained and authorized by the employer may become operators.

In addition, potential causes exist that can lead to injuries from manual handling of materials. These include lifting, back sprains and strains, and hand injuries. The personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear will vary depending on what hazards are present. Proper PPE may include hard hats, safety shoes, gloves, aprons, eye and face protection, and hearing protection.

In addition, slips, trips and falls are a major source of injuries throughout any warehouse. Things that can cause a slip, trip or fall include:
  • Cords, hoses and banding material;
  • Carrying material with blocked vision;
  • Leaking containers, spilled liquids or slippery material;
  • Rain, snow or ice;
  • Paper;
  • Broken pallets;
  • Unguarded openings on elevated work platforms or levels;
  • Lack of safety harness when working in overhead racks;
  • Uneven floors, lack of handrails, floor holes;
  • Insufficient lighting.


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Common Workplace Safety Violations @ Warehouse

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Common Workplace Safety Violations @ Warehouse

The most common workplace  safety violations in a warehouse are:

  • Forklift- The only people that use the forklift must be trained and certified to do so. You cannot operate any heavy machinery such as a forklift without being certified. An inexperienced driver can cause all sirts of problems. They will not know how to properly work the forklift and also may get into an accident. Many injuries occur from forklifts in a warehouse. Whether it was loaded incorrectly and the materials fell off or the person driving was not paying attention and hit someone or something. If you run into a shelf you run the risk of bring down the entire thing and everything on it.
  • Loading dock- violations can be anything from minor injuries to death in some cases. Violations on the loading dock include lifting incorrectly. When you are loading or unloading a truck you must be sure to use proper lifting safety techniques to reduce your chances of injury. All employees should be taught the correct way to lift objects before they even begin working. Another violation is clutter on the floors. Dirty floors with papers, trash or wet spots are a sure way to insure an accident will happen. You have to keep to loading dock floors swept ans dry at all times.
  • Personal Protective equipment- is often the least used safety product in the workplace. Many people think that personal protection is unnecessary since they have never been hurt on the job before. This is simple not true. Accidents can happen at anytime for any reason which is why they are called accidents. If you are not prepared for one than you could be risking your health or life. When working in a warehouse you should always wear sturdy slip proof work boots. If they have steel toes that is even better. The leather and steel will help keep your feet safe. You should also wear a back brace anytime you are going to be lifting. A brace will help relieve some of the pressure on your back muscles. Other safety gear that may be used in a warehouse are gloves, goggles and hard hats. Depending on the task you have been assigned that day.
  • Storage violations- are another major problem in warehouses. If you do not properly stack and store the boxes a number of accidents could occur. First the boxes could fall and possible land on a person working below. Second too much weight in one area of the storage racks and little or none in the others couls stress out the metals and cause a break. Finally if the storage racks are not properly installed they could collapse when pushed or even on their own under the stress.
  • Emergency exit- violations usually include fire exits that have been blocked and can not be accessed if needed in an emergency. It is important to make sure that all fire exits are clearly marked with lit exit signs. They must also be easily accessible to everyone. If there is something blocking the exit you must remove it immediately. Keep all exit hallways and stairwells clean and free of clutter at all times.
  • Lockout/tagout- violations can be deadly. The lockout tagout system is in place to make sure no one is injuried during general maintenance of machinery. It requires that two or more different people with separate keys lock a machine before it can be fixed or cleaned. This is to prevent the machine from accidentally being turned back on while it is being worked on. Often times people think the cleaning or repair will be quick and easy so there is no reason to go through the long process of locking the machine. That is not the case, you must lock the machine to prevent any injuries from occurring.
  • Communication- violations are when there are no signs warning employees of the dangers that are present in the area. If there is a chance of hearing loss due to loud noises you must post a sign that states earplugs are required in the area. You should post signs any place in the warehouse were a danger may be present. If there are chemicals used in the warehouse they must also be correctly labeled and stored in a clearly marked storage area. All companies are required by OSHA to have a material data safety sheet that is hung in an area where all employees have access to read it.
  • Hazardous materials- The handling of hazardous materials is a huge problem. If they are handled incorrectly at anytime it can cause devastating effect to everyone in the warehouse. All employees are required to be trained in handling hazardous materials. They should know how to properly dispose of them once they are finished with them. Incorrectly disposing of hazmat s can be dangers to the health and well being of all employees. Hazardous materials are classified as flammable, toxic, corrosive or bio-hazardous.
  • Fire- safety violations include not having or none operational fire extinguishers in the warehouse. Each area of the warehouse should have at least on extinguisher in case of an emergency. All employees should be trained how to properly use them if needed. You should also have a fire exit plan. This will be helpful if an emergency should ever occur. It will give everyone in the building a guide for what to do during any emergency where you are required to leave the warehouse.

Scaffold Safety

Scaffold Safety 
All employees that would need to utilize scaffolding must be trained by a qualified person to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and how to control or minimize those hazards. And only a competent person is responsible for overseeing the erection and dismantling of all Scaffolding as well as performing daily inspections of the scaffold.
Scaffold Safety
The training must include: fall hazards, falling object hazards, electrical hazards, proper use of the scaffold, and handling of materials.

Scaffold inspection includes:
  • Placement of scaffold relative to energized power lines.
  • Verification that the correct scaffold is being used considering loads, materials, workers, and weather.
  • Scaffold is structurally secure (framing, plank integrity, plank placement, guardrails, etc.)
  • Scaffold has safe access.
  • Scaffold placement from structure.
Additional requirements include:
  • Provision of falling object protection.
  • Hard hats.
  • Use braces, tie-ins and guying as described by the scaffold’s manufacturer at each end.
If you regularly utilize scaffolding or plan to use scaffolding as a part of your job, please visit the following links for detailed requirements:

A scaffold is an elevated, temporary work platform. There are two basic types:

Supported scaffolds consist of one or more platforms supported by rigid, load- bearing members, such as poles, legs, frames, outriggers, etc. Other types of equipment, principally scissor lifts and aerial lifts, can be regarded as other types of supported scaffolds.

Suspended scaffolds are one or more platforms suspended by ropes or other non-rigid, overhead support.



Let's hope you never need one, but if you do let's hope it's clean and accessible. If you get foreign particles in your eyes or a chemical spill on your body, an emergency eyewash station or deluge shower is the most important initial step in first-aid treatment. Chemical burns to the eye are among the most urgent of emergencies.

An eyewash/shower is required if:

  • The Material Safety Data Sheet indicates a chemical in use is caustic, toxic, or corrosive.
  • The MSDS informs that serious eye damage may result.
  • Warnings such as "causes chemical burns" or "causes permanent eye damage" are posted on container labels.
Eyewash/showers in addition must have the following:
  • Pure clean water
  • Hands free operation
  • Constant water flow rate for a full 15 minutes
  • Highly visible markings and signs
  • Unobstructed access
Accessibility: The single most important treatment for chemically-burned eyes is copious irrigation within seconds of injury. This means that victims should not have to climb over or around obstacles to find the eyewash station. Make sure there are no barriers to the unit.

Clean, Functional Equipment: Deluge showers should be inspected often to insure they function properly with adequate water flow, and are clean and sanitary. Portable eyewash units are an option in areas where plumbed in water is not accessible or of high enough quality. Portable units also need an anti-bacterial additive to ensure proper water sanitation. Flushing with any water is better than none, but purified water reduces potential for secondary eye infections.

Training in Proper Use: Employees who are exposed to possible chemical splashes must know in advance how to use an eyewash/deluge station properly:

  • Immediately after the accident, flood the eye with water or eyewash solution, using fingers to keep the eye open as wide as possible. Water may be colder than body temperature, which can be uncomfortable, but it is imperative to irrigate for the recommended period of time.
  • Roll the eyeball as much as possible, to remove any loose particles retained under the eyelids.
  • The eyes should be irrigated for at least 15 minutes, and the victim transported to a medical facility immediately. Continue irrigation of eyes during transport. The best way to accomplish this may be to have a portable eye-wash system ready, that can be carried along.
  • It's easy to forget about eye-wash stations or showers until they are needed in an emergency.
  • Report the incident to the  concerned department and safety department

    Don't let yours become buried or covered with dust. It could save your sight!Do not put anything except water into the eyes to remove particles.


Painter Safety


Painters apply coatings and paint to interior and exterior building surfaces with a variety of job sites, chemical use, and physical and ergonomic demands.

A lot of painting work is done from heights. Inspect ladders daily, set them properly, and work from ladders safely. Make sure a qualified person properly installed your scaffolding. Don’t use makeshift ladders or scaffolds that could fail and cause a fall. Know when to use fall protection and how to use it properly.

Read the material safety data sheet (MSDS) to learn about the chemicals in paints and surface preparation materials you use. Even though a material may be water-based and labeled “green,” it can still contain hazardous ingredients. Good ventilation protects you from paint fumes. Spray booths, fans, open doors, and windows can move fresh air into your workspace.

Choose and wear proper personal protective equipment. Goggles or safety glasses protect your eyes from paint splashes during application and mixing. Gloves and coveralls protect your skin from absorbing chemicals. Wear a respirator to protect yourself from dusts, spray paint droplets, and the fumes from solvents and paints.
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Preparing surfaces by sanding and cleaning can expose you to dust. Get trained in the building hazards of asbestos, mold, and lead. Make sure that trained workers clean up these hazards before you disturb them and make them airborne. Practice good hygiene by washing up during and after work. Keep your work clothes and shoes separate from your family to prevent cross-contamination at home.

Painting is a physical job, so maintain your overall health and fitness. Choose the correct tools for your job task. Use tool handles long enough to prevent you from over-reaching. Handles should be soft, non-slip, and fit your hand. Try different models until you get a comfortable fit.

Painting involves repetitive movements and awkward positions. Rotate your job tasks during the day and take rest breaks to prevent fatigue. Use proper lifting techniques to protect your back. Wear comfortable work boots with non-slip soles that will support your feet as you stand all day.



Everyday activities like driving, going to work, or walking down the street include some risk to your personal safety. Many workers commute long distances or have mobile jobs and contact with the public. Either through crime or circumstance, people and events can be unpredictable. You can’t avoid all risk but it isn’t wise to act without taking precautions. The best approach is to assess the risks involved with an activity and take the safety measures that are required and logical.

Your best safety tools are your brain and common sense. Think how you would handle various emergency situations and create a safety plan for each one. Arrange to contact coworkers and family members after a disaster such as an earthquake. When driving, consider where you would steer if there was an oncoming car or an accident. If you are attacked, decide if you will resist and how. Preparation before an emergency can keep you calm and making the right choices.

When leaving the office, notify someone where you will be and when you will return. Plan your route and take a map. Have your keys ready and look inside your car before getting in. Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up while you are driving. Never pick up hitchhikers, and report accidents or stranded cars from a telephone instead of stopping at the scene. Park in well-lit areas and check the surroundings before getting out.

On the street, keep to the inside of the sidewalk. Try to walk facing the oncoming traffic to watch for careening cars and prevent someone from pulling you into one. If you carry a purse or bag, be prepared to let it go if it is grabbed. Don’t wear headphones while walking – you won’t hear someone approaching you. Self defense and safety awareness classes may help you feel more secure when you are out and about.

Hearing Loss: A Bigger Safety Problem Than You Might Think

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Hearing Loss: A Bigger Safety Problem Than You Might Think

As per the research number of workers goes to work each day in in noisy work area and have a noise-related hearing loss, workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year.

All worker exposures to noise should be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 decibels (dB) for 8 hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss. therefore recommends a 3 dB exchange rate so that every increase by 3 dB doubles the amount of the noise and halves the recommended amount of exposure time.
Hearing Conservation Programs
Over the past few decades, many organizations much has been learned about the implementation of hearing loss prevention programs. The  eight elements of a successful hearing loss prevention program are:
  • Noise exposure monitoring
  • Engineering and administrative controls
  • Audiometric evaluation
  • Use of hearing protection devices
  • Recordkeeping
  • Program evaluation
  • Program audit
  • Employee training and motivation

Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss

According to the National Institutes of Health, the following questions will help your employees determine if they need to have their hearing evaluated by a medical professional:

1.    Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?

2.    Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?

3.    Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?

4.    Do you have to strain to understand conversation?

5.    Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?

6.    Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?

7.    Do many people you talk to seem to mumble( or not speak clearly)?

8.    Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?

9.    Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?

10. Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

Those who answer "yes" to three or more of these questions may want to see an otolaryngologist or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

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