On average there are over 200 deaths and over 5,000 injuries
caused by fires, electrical and chemical burns, radiation, scalding water and
explosions in the workplace every year. Fires can be caused by accidents at
industrial food preparation ovens, overheated and shorted out wiring, from
welding mishaps, spills and leaks of sulfuric acid, hydrofluoric acid, strong
bases such as sodium hydroxide and ammonia and burns from scalding hot water.
Employers should have trained personnel on site at all times
who know how to identify and treat both minor burns and serious burns. The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin.
The dermis is the inner layer of the skin. First degree burns affect only the
epidermis. Symptoms involve a very red and painful burn. Second degree burns
involve the entire epidermis and upper layer of the dermis. Blisters are
usually present, the wound is pink, wet in appearance and very painful. A Third
degree burn involves all layers of skin being destroyed and the fatty tissue
known as the subcutaneous tissue, under the skin. In a fourth degree burns all
layers of skin and muscle and bone are affected.
It takes just a
very small amount of inhalation of crystalline silica particles to cause
serious problems to plant workers. Initial symptoms include but are not limited
to shortness of breath, weakness and weight loss. Many cases of Silicosis can be shown to eventually
lead to lung cancer, pulmonary and kidney disease. Crystalline silica is found in virtually every
type of industrial environments. The largest areas of exposures are caused by the
everyday factory operations such as abrasive blasting, cement and brick
manufacturing, asphalt pavement manufacturing, china and ceramic manufacturing
and the tool and die industries. In addition, the manufacturing of adhesives,
paints, soaps and glass are made with crystalline silica.
When implementing OSHA1910.147, “The Control of Hazardous
Energy,” one is required to attach a tag and a padlock to the locking device
protecting the equipment. But what is the best way for the tag in question to
have the most impact? All tags must have the OSHA (or ANSI) DANGER header,
along with the phrase “Do Not Operate.” However more can be done to raise
awareness to all the personnel involved in a lockout situation. By adding a
photograph of the person performing maintenance during the lockout situation
and including the phrase “My Life Is OnThe Line” makes this tag stand out and
really brings out the Safety Message.
sleeve labels are rapidly growing in many industries. Made from polymer plastic
film, shrink wrap sleeves offer protection to packages and labels. They are
also used to bundle multiple items together. They are often used on bottles
drinks and various other packaged products.