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.
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.
Government regulations and in-house safety rules have really
concentrated on the prevention of physical harm to employees. We generally think
of injuries in the workplace as falling into
the categories of slips and falls, injuries to eyes and inhalation of dust and
chemical vapors to name a few. However, actually it is noise-related hearing
loss that is listed as one of the most prevalent occupational concerns for many
years. It has been reported than in the past 10 years, nearly 125,000 workers
have suffered permanent hearing loss.
The Occupational Health Admiration (OSHA) states that
First-Aid is any one-time treatment along with a follow-up treatment dealing
with minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters and other minor industrial injury
that may occur during the average work day. According to CFR 1910.151 “The
employer shall ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice
and consultation on matters of plant health.” Generally first-aid treatments
are simple and require little technology.
However, assuming there is no infirmary on site, there must be at least
one person, preferably more, who are trained to provide first aid. A workplace
must also provide facilities and equipment for treating the eyes and body
should an employee be injured by coming into contact with corrosive material. Along with these basic first-aid
requirements, a number of OSHA standards require training in cardiopulmonary
Purpose of a Padlock
Padlocks are external, portable locks that can be placed
in most locations, versus the traditional stationary lock, such as the type
that is built in to a door. Padlocks are also different in another regard: they
were designed specifically in order to protect against vandalism, defacement,
or any of type of forced entry. They are typically used to protect the contents
of storage units, such as sheds, but are very widely used for safety purposes
as well, such as for keeping employees out of potentially dangerous areas.