Cold Stress – Learn to Prevent and Treat It

You’re probably familiar with weather-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, but did you know that illnesses just as serious can also be caused by working in cold environments? The winter, like the summer, poses unique workplace hazards that should be mitigated through workplace controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). These winter illnesses, referred

Lone Worker Safety

When you hear the term “lone worker,” you might think of people who work in remote locations. Some lone workers do work in isolated places, but this is often not the case. The term lone worker describes any worker who isn’t visible or within hearing distance of other workers. This term, then, can include people

Safety Shoes – 8 Ways They Protect You

When you think about shoes for the workplace, heavy-duty footwear such as steel toe boots may come to mind. These boots, which have reinforced toes to protect the feet from hazards such as heavy objects, are important personal protective equipment (PPE) at many industrial and construction worksites. Many kinds of shoes exist that can make

Hot Work Safety Near Storage Containers

According to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), hot work accidents are among the most frequently reported accidents to that agency. Between 1990 and 2010, fires and explosions near flammable storage tanks caused by hot work accounted for more than 60 fatalities. Unfortunately, these accidents continue to take place. This past July, an explosion occurred during

Don’t Look Directly at the Sun…or a Laser – Laser Safety Basics

We’ve all seen laser pointers, heard of surgeries that use lasers and may have even witnessed a laser light show, but we may not associate these beams of light with the workplace. Lasers have many applications in workplaces that span many industries, though. Lasers are used in audio, video and computer equipment, bar code readers,

Mental Framing – How Your Ability to Take A Wider View Will Fuel Your Success

Mental Framing and Approaching the Issue People often talk about how considering the “big picture” is important. And not just in professional or business settings; it’s a principle that is touted in just about all aspects of life and for good reason. Being able to step back and understand how one piece of a machine

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