High Five: Protecting Our Most Important Tool

As many as 1 million hand injuries occur in workplaces each year, ranging from cuts and lacerations to amputations and fractures. A hand safety policy, along with the use of appropriate hand protection and safety knives, can reduce or eliminate most of those injuries from your workplace.

“It’s hard to peel a banana without your thumb. It’s hard to button your shirt without the use of your thumb.”

What seems obvious isn’t always obvious to employees, says John Bell, EHS operations leader for FMC’s Health & Nutrition Business. The employees in his division make up about 20 percent of the 6,000 FMC employees around the world. FMC manufactures a wide variety of products, ranging from herbicides and fungicides to health and nutrition products to the lithium used in the manufacture of ceramics and rubber, pharmaceuticals and batteries. Continue reading “High Five: Protecting Our Most Important Tool”

HAZARDS OF MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

1 HAZARDS OF MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Medical electrical equipment can present a range of hazards to the patient, the user, or to service personnel. Many such hazards are common to many or all types of medical electrical equipment, whilst others are peculiar to particular categories of equipment.

The hazard presented by electricity exists in all cases where medical electrical equipment is used, and there is therefore both a moral and legal obligation to take measures to minimise the risk. Because there is currently very little official guidance on precisely what measures should be in place in order to achieve this in respect to medical equipment, user organisations have developed procedures based on their own experience and risk assessments. The information in these notes is intended to assist in the development of suitable procedures to this end. Continue reading “HAZARDS OF MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT”

GENERAL POINTS ON SAFETY

Many electrical safety tests are performed under single fault conditions such that a means for protection against electric shock has been removed. In the case of patient leakage current with mains on applied parts, a hazard is actually introduced.

Even under normal condition, the equipment under test cannot be regarded as safe, since the supplementary protection may have been compromised by the test arrangement. For these reasons no equipment under test should be touched whilst tests are being undertaken, as parts of the equipment may be hazardous live. For similar reasons, tests should be conducted on suitable non-conductive surfaces and conductive objects should be kept well clear of the equipment.

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Seven Electrical Safety Habits for a Safer Workplace

The above statistics are sobering, surprising, and worrisome. Every employer wants to protect their employees in the work environment, but it is often a matter of “how can we make the workplace safer” rather than “do I really need to make it safer.” Employers will do what they can to ensure workers are safe, and they want to know what can be done to make that happen.

This article covers seven habits that will make the workplace safe for electrical work. The article is far too short to be specific, but it covers the topic in general based on the authors’ training and accident investigation experience. It helps set the direction and closes with several specific steps an employer can take to make the workplace electrically safer. Statistics show that if these seven electrical safety habits are followed, electrical incidents are greatly reduced if not eliminated. Continue reading “Seven Electrical Safety Habits for a Safer Workplace”