Eye Protection for the Workplace

OSHA’s recent changes to injury and illness reporting requirements include a rule that states employers must report all accidents that result in an employee losing an eye. This type of event may not seem like something that occurs all that frequently, but thousands of people are blinded annually because of eye injuries in the workplace.

Agricultural Safety Practices

Photo: Hans Pennink/FEMA Farm work can be dangerous work. In 2012, 374 work-related fatalities occurred on farms, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which means the industry has a fatality rate significantly higher than most other industries. Additionally, approximately 167 farm workers experience lost-time injuries daily. Many farms do not fall

Hard Hat Selection & Maintenance

Workers in many professions must wear hard hats on the job. Construction workers, electricians, firefighters, welders and many others use this personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect their heads from falling or flying objects and from electrical hazards. OSHA requires that employers provide their employees with head protection when the following hazards exist: The potential for

How to Use a Personal Fall Arrest System

Fall protection violations are the most common citation issued by OSHA, and understandably so; in construction, falls account for the most worker fatalities annually. In 2012, 279 construction workers died as the result of falls. Employers are responsible for implementing a satisfactory fall protection program at any workplace where employees work at heights of six

Earthquake Safety for the Workplace

On August 24th, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit Napa Valley, Calif., injuring more than 100 people and causing as much as $1 billion in economic losses, according to The New York Times. This earthquake occurred in the middle of the night when the majority of area residents were in bed, but what would happen if an

Avoid Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome – Tips for Safe Power Tool Use

When workers use vibrating power tools like jackhammers or chainsaws, they may experience tingling in their hands immediately after use. While this tingling isn’t necessarily the sign of a serious problem, over time tool vibration can cause lasting damage to the hands and arms. After repeated exposure, workers may experience numbness, pain and white fingers

The Great Root Cause Problem Solving Debate

Root Cause Problem Solving If you’ve spent much time in the safety sphere, you’ve learned all about the importance of identifying “root causes” when problems occur. Usually, a root cause is best described as the simple process of continuing to dig deeper and deeper into why an accident or problem occurred. Eventually, as the theory

9 Low-Tech Ways to Keep the Workplace Safe

These technologies do a lot to help keep workplaces safe. That doesn’t mean older technologies and techniques aren’t still useful, though. Plenty of simple, low-tech—and often low-cost—tools exist for improving workplace safety, and today we’ll take a look at nine of them. Many can be used in almost any industry, and some don’t even require

Safety Gloves and Skin Protection at Work

You may use many tools at work, but some of the most important tools you use are your hands. Therefore, it’s important to properly protect your hands from skin injuries on the job site. Skin injuries like cuts or punctures and health problems like dermatitis can occur in a wide variety of industries, not just