In the field of industry, there is a phenomenon known as practical drift. Policy dictates a process be completed a certain way, but on the front line where the real work is done employees tend to show new employees a “better way.” What happens then is that real time operations deviate from established safety protocols and the scope of the problem is only discovered after a tragic accident. Sadly, it is an accident that could have been avoided had managers not assumed policy and protocol was being followed on the front lines. If you fear that might be your organization, then take a look at two of the most commonly overlooked safety feature solutions we offer. From magnets to mirrors, we’ll show you what it takes to make your workplace safe again.
It might seem like a simple tool, but the
trusty padlock has worked to keep persons in or out since the 19th century.
Technology and metallurgy has come a long way since then, but the simple
premise hasn’t changed. That’s why when OSHA requires padlocks to keep
machinery from being engaged or activated during routine maintenance and repair
they have little tolerance for those who don’t comply. There is simply no
excuse to put your employees at risk in the mind of OSHA and certainly not when
padlocks come in all varieties for prices that hardly put a dent in the
corporate budget. So if you have been tasked with securing your organization’s
safety equipment, then let’s not be distracted by YouTube or Twitter and get
this job done right shall we. Here’s how to keep OSHA happy and your employees
safe with simple, professional, and affordable padlocks.
Currently there exists a show in circulation titled, “Hard to Kill”, which profiles some of America’s most deadliest jobs. Hosted by Army Special Forces Veteran Tim Kennedy, he tackles these deadly occupations head on and likely with a great deal of technical and safety support around him. There is no doubt a hefty insurance policy in place and should the worst come to pass the network would likely just cash out and cancel the show. If you are in charge of your organization’s safety compliance then you likely don’t have such an easy out. Your company employees countless individuals whose livelihoods depend on the organization’s existence. Not to mention, for the employee irreparably harmed or worse killed in the line of duty there is no backup plan. Safety compliance officers who skip OSHA corners harm people and destroy brands. The OSHA compliant lockout is the one simple tool that can save your best employees on their worst day.
There is an unspoken contract one has with mayhem when it comes to investing in the safety and security and those around you. Namely, pay me now or pay me later, but you will pay me. If you are trying to save a few bucks by forfeiting your responsibility to post some common sense signage for the day mayhem shows up at your workplace or school then you will pay big. Not to mention a great deal of safety and security signage is required by the federal government who won’t mind dropping a big fine on you as well. Posting appropriate signage to warn of dangers or direct others to safety is one of the most common sense safety measures an organization can take. If that’s your responsibility then don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with just about any sign you can imagine.
When launching a business, you want to make sure your customers know you take their safety and security seriously. Especially after the past few year's Pulse Nightclub shooting, London Bridge violence and San Bernadino workplace bloodshed, the increase of violence has people on edge. When walking onto my daughter's school campus, I now take note of signs
indicating I need to sign in at the office, and I sleep more soundly knowing safety procedures are in place. Just last weekend, my family and I visited the US National Whitewater Center, and our visit was smooth, should I even dare to say - it flowed well (pun intended) because of the signage. We knew where to go, that weapons of any kind were not allowed (and they checked bags too), but unlike our recent theatre experience, cameras and cell phones were permitted, even encouraged if they were waterproof!
Safety and security
are of the utmost importance at construction sites and workplace facilities. It’s vitally important to be avoid accidental injuries and fatalities, as well as to be in compliance with OSHA regulations. For these reasons, it’s critical to have the most reliable, durable and re-usable lockout devices
to protect electrical boxes, cabinets, and machinery, and prevent dangerous unintentional equipment start-up. Here is an overview of lockout equipment that you can utilize to make your job site or facility safe and secure.
A high-quality lockout hasp is both safe and versatile, allowing you to use one or several padlocks to secure all types of machines, electrical panels, breaker boxes, and other electrical sources. The hasp should exceed OSHA requirements, should not open until every padlock is removed, and must be rugged enough to withstand corrosive and harsh industrial environments. For example, the Danger - Do Not Operate Hasp
has a scissor-style closure and is made from high-strength aluminum, while the danger tag alerts workers to a hazardous situation.
Imagine this scenario: A worker is badly injured on your job site. Not only is this a tragic event for the worker and his or her family, it’s also a huge risk for a lawsuit that could have debilitating fiscal ramifications for your company.
Fortunately, correctly designed signage can go a long way toward preventing injury and even death in the workplace. But how can you know that the signs you are posting are compliant with the standards set by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)? Here’s how to be sure that the safety signage you are posting is doing its utmost to help prevent injury or death:
Workplace, industrial, transportation, commercial, and public-space security is increasingly important in our complex world. Highly mobile societies and international commerce move quickly and depend on security standards and communication that enable public safety, sound commercial relations, efficiency, and reliability. Properly and clearly communicating about workplace and public-space security rules, standards, permissions, requirements, etc. is a subject for regulatory agencies worldwide. It’s also – for better or worse – a subject of intense lawyer-class scrutiny.
Going out to a nightclub is supposed to be an occasion of joyful celebration, full of the promise of meeting new people, dancing, laughing and blowing off some steam with friends. However, in the aftermath of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, what began as a night of fun ended in tragedy.
Sadly, the last century has seen some of the deadliest nightclub and assembly fires known to man. Many were the result of attendees getting trapped inside of buildings where they were gathered to hear music and socialize during the prohibition and post prohibition era. The deadliest of these disasters was the fire at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove Theater —the second worst single building fire in American history (second only to the Iroquois Theatre fire). The space was over its authorized capacity by 32 people, and they all lost their lives to the deadly blaze. The enormity of the event was so shocking that it briefly replaced the news of World War II in papers, and it led to a reform of safety standards and codes across the country.
Safety signs may be considered one of the most basic and fundamental forms of safety equipment. For over 100 years, safety signs have been encouraged or required in specific parts of the workplace, spelled out in the primary language(s) of the workers. They save thousands of lives every year and continue to play an important role in preventing injuries in the workplace.
In 1941, standards for safety signs were introduced by the American Standards Association (later to become ANSI). These standards introduced formats for DANGER, CAUTION, NOTICE, and EXIT signs, to name a few. While many aspects of those early standards still hold today, globalization now has more of an effect. In 2007, ANSI published guidelines that coordinated with ISO label formats, ushering in a new era of global best practices in safety signs for the workplace.
Workplace, industrial, transportation, and commercial safety is a big deal these days. The wheels of international commerce are greased with safety standards that enable efficiency, reliability, and sound commercial relations. Properly marking equipment, chemicals and hazardous materials is a subject closely regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), conventions like the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and other regulatory agencies across the globe—not to mention being the subject of intense scrutiny by the lawyer class.
Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) were
designed to standardize the critically important method of shipping hazardous
toxins throughout the world. Many countries have had their own regulatory
system for classifying and labeling. However, what one country may classify a
chemical as “somewhat toxic” another country may classify the same chemical as
“very toxic.” And a third country may classify that very same chemical as “benign.”
Chemicals involved in shipping include Physical Hazards – chemicals with
explosive properties, flammables, oxidizers, corrosives and gases. Other types
in include chemicals that are considered Health Hazards. They include chemicals
that cause burns, effect breathing or those that lead to organ damage and
cancer. And there are chemicals that can affect the environment. With each
country developing their own classifications for these types of chemicals, it
is easy to see how it is dangerous and virtually impossible it is for each
country to be sure of how each chemical being imported to their country
actually fits into their own standards. With this new Global system, each
country that signs off to the program will have the same classifications for
each and every chemical they import and export.
Documents must be protected if they are to maintain their integrity for any
length of time. It could be a Driver’s License, an identification badge, a
birth certificate, an award, a legal document, a photo, a menu or piece of art.
In order to protect it properly and be assured that it will last indefinitely,
it should be laminated. Once a document is laminated, there is no worry that an
inadvertent spill of water or other liquid will ruin the document. A child’s
crayon will not be able to leave a mark. The document will not be accidently
folded. Photos of loved ones will remain as good as new as you review them over
many years. Menus in your restaurant can be used over and over and over again.
Legal documents will not tear or wrinkle. Identification cards remain legible
and valid in your wallet.
Since 2008 there have been 107 Heat-Related Deaths in the
continental United States. Each year there are thousands of heat-related
illnesses. That is why OSHA has developed a Nationwide Heat Illness Campaign
designed to raise awareness to both employers and employees about the dangers
of working in heat and hot weather. Those most affected by the heat include but
are in no way limited to the in the construction trade, utilities, agriculture
and oil and gas exploration. New employees, temporary employees and those
returning to work after a period of time off are especially vulnerable to the
heat as it takes some time to build up a tolerance to it.
When excessive continuous pressure is placed on the medium
nerve, the nerve that allows feeling to parts of the hand, the condition known
as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develops. The primary symptom of Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome (CTS) is numbness of the thumb, index finger and ring finger. When one bends a wrist forward for any length
of time and feels pain it is a sure sign that CPS is present. The Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) have identified work related repetitive tasks,
force, posture and vibration as major causes of CTS. A recent study showed that
there is in many instances, a greater risk for CTS to affect worker production,
than basic physical factors such as obesity. It should be noted that similar
injuries caused by falls, slips, motor vehicle accidents or other similar accidents
are not recognized as work-related causes of CTS by OSHA.