Achieving Safety Goals

Achieving Safety Goals Safety Talk

Any company that focuses on improving workplace safety aims to get their employees home in the same health they came into work or better every single day. For many companies there is often a larger expressed goal attached to this effort. Often the goal for many worksites or companies as a whole is to make it an entire year without any injuries. For other companies it may just be no lost time injuries in a year. Despite what the goal is or the duration set, one thing is for certain- it takes focused effort every single day to achieve it.

Safety Goals Set by Companies

Safety records are tracked, days since last injury counters loom over employees’ heads, and safety lunches are held quarterly to celebrate employee efforts in working safely. While these tools may be good reminders for a workforce that there is a goal set and there is progress being made, the honest truth is that it takes dedication by every single person on that team over a long period of time to achieve the larger goal. The enormity of these safety related goals can overwhelm even the most optimistic employee.

achieving safety goals toolbox talkThe Only Way to Achieve a Big Safety Goal is One Task at a Time

After huge goals are set by companies regarding workplace safety, it is up everyone’s willingness to embrace that it is possible and take action towards meeting the goal. The thought alone of making it a whole year without injury automatically shuts down many individuals from even wanting to put a care towards attempting to achieve it. To reduce the enormity of the goal, concrete actions need to be lined out every day to focus on preventing injuries one task at a time.

The best way to achieve a huge goal is to take small steps towards it every single day. For safety goals it means doing one step, one work task, one safeguard, the right way each time it needs completed. Effort cannot be applied directly to the overall abstract goal that may be a year or two away. Effort can be applied by each individual to take action in the task they are doing that minute to complete it in the safe and correct manner.

The Standard PPE List

If you are new to a business, or are just starting out, you might not know what you should be offering as part of this responsibility. The standard personal protective equipment list that ensures you are meeting the needs of your staff, and the legal requirements expected of you as an employer. Read on to find out more.

What is PPE?

Personal protective equipment is the first level of protection against injury or illness in the workplace.

What are the laws on personal protective equipment?

The expectation set for employers about PPE is dictated by Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, a law responsible for ensuring the workplace health and safety for employees.

Appropriate training in the use of the equipment should be given, and employees should have free and easy access to the products they need. 

List of personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment refers to products that will protect the user (or wearer) from the health and safety risks posed in the workplace.

Based on this, the PPE you need to introduce into your workplace depends on the hazards posed there. Here we have listed some the most common types of PPE, and the hazards that they can be used to combat.

                                                                                                                                                                   

Head protection

Products include: Safety helmets, hard hats and bump Cap

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Falling objects
  • Head injury when working in close confines
  • Electric shock during electrical work

                                                                                                                                                                   

Eye protection

Products include: Safety gogglesoverglasses, and safety glasses.

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Airborne dust and debris
  • Chemical splashes
  • Impact hazards

                                                                                                                                                                   

Face protection

Products include: Browguards and face shield

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Chemical splashes
  • Splashes from molten metal
  • Impact hazards

                                                                                                                                                                   

Hearing protection

Products include: Reusable ear plugsdisposable ear plugs, ear defender, and clarity ear muff 

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Damage to hearing from noise exposure of all types, including:
  • Machinery
  • Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                   

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

Products include: Disposable respiratorshalf masks and full face masks and reuseable respirators

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Airborne dust and debris
  • Airborne solvents
  • Exposure to areas of low oxygen levels

                                                                                                                                                                   

Hand protection

Products include: Gloves to suit different hazards, including gloves and heat-resistant gloves

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Contact with chemical hazards
  • Heat and burns
  • Injury through manual handling
  • Injury from machinery vibrations

                                                                                                                                                                   

Safety footwear

Products include: Work boots and  safety shoes

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Corrosive or irritating substances
  • Electric shock during electrical work

                                                                                                                                                                   

Questions to ask when creating your PPE list

Before making your final decisions on the best PPE for your workplace, make sure to ask the following questions:

  • Is it fully-adjustable to fit the wearer correctly?
  • Does the PPE create any other health and safe issues that need to be accounted for?
  • Is it compatible with the other types of PPE that should be worn?
  • Does the PPE allow the wearer or user to do their job safely and effectively?
  • Is the PPE also suitable for the working environment, whilst also dealing with the health and safety issues?

We hope you have found our PPE list useful, and that it guides you towards making the best decision for your workplace. If you have any further queries about choosing the correct PPE for your employees, please don’t hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to advise.

Keep Safe, Keep Farming

While you may not think of farming as very dangerous, it is actually one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

According to the Institutes’ MedlinePlus website, farms have many health and safety hazards, including:

  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Machinery, tools and equipment that can be dangerous
  • Hazardous areas, such as grain bins, silos and wells
  • Livestock that can spread diseases or cause injuries

Of those hazards, machinery , reportedly, causes most of the farm accidents. But many of those can be prevented through proper machine inspection, maintenance. Using safety gloves, goggles and other protective equipment can also reduce accidents.

To find out what type of protection is best suited to your needs, you can visit Weldbro site to view each item for more detail or contact us for more information.

Respirator Certification – What Does N95 Really Mean?

Respiratory Protection

Selecting respirators appropriate for your workplace can be a daunting task. Respiratory protection program managers need to understand the airborne hazards in their facilities, determine the required assigned protection factor for a respirator, choose what type of respirator is needed (air-purifying or atmosphere-supplying, tight-fitting or loose-fitting) and make sure each employee’s respirator fits properly.

The term “N95 respirator” gets thrown around a lot because it is one of the most common types of respirators. In this post we’re going to take a look at what that term (and similar terms like R99 and P100) mean. Understanding these labels is important for both employers and employees because both need to know the respirators being used are sufficient for the hazards present.

NIOSH Certification Levels for Particulate Filtering Respirators

For a respiratory protection program to be OSHA compliant it must use respirators certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH, a division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has 10 classes of approved particulate filtering respirators.

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Using hand tools safely

Using hand tools in a safe manner This guidance gives advice about good practice in the use of hand tools that are not powered by electricity or a battery. What does the law require? The Provision of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require all work equipment to be fit for its intended purpose, to be maintained and inspected to ensure it remains in a safe condition, to have relevant clear and visible safety markings, such as a CE mark and British Standard markings. Some typical risks from hand tools

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Workplace Accidents – 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries

Rundown of most common workplace injuries

Unfortunately the workplace accidents are not so uncommon occurrence. As expected they happen more often in more dangerous work environment like construction areas, lumber jacking and fishing. But other workplaces are no exception like average offices or professional environments like office buildings. Basically injuries happen across all industries, only difference is the rate at which they occur. Injuries can happen in places where we least expect and can be a result of employer or employee negligence.

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4-steps-to-maintain-workplace-safety

Workplace safety is crucial for protecting your employees and your bottom line. Accidents are costly for an organization’s image and finances, and unfortunately, they are rather commonplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American workers suffered almost 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and nearly 5,000 fatal workplace injuries in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available. Additionally, according to insurance brokerage firm Cavignac & Associates, an average worker’s compensation claim for a simple fracture can cost about $50,000, not to mention the indirect costs related to lost productivity and administrative time spent handling the claim and hiring a replacement worker.

With those figures in mind, it should be a no-brainer for HR leadership to spend the necessary time and energy to ensure that safety protocols are in place and workers are informed about them.

 

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Defining and Creating a Successful Corporate Safety Culture

here are some telltale signs that your corporate safety culture needs a tuneup. Many companies are frustrated by such nagging health and safety issues as the failure of workers to consistently perform start of shift equipment inspections, lapses in the wearing personal protection equipment, or in failures to report near misses.

Through training, vigilant supervision and the threat of punishment, workers typically become compliant in following procedures, but a more challenging issue is how to engage and motivate employees to move beyond minimum compliance to become relentless champions of hazard reporting, concerned mentors to peers, and valued problem solvers for the organization at large.

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7 Safety Tips for Working in High Places

In many industries employees are required to deal with the many risks involved in working in high places. Most people automatically think of a skyscraper building when considering dangerous occupations where work is done above ground level, but death or serious injury can occur much closer to the ground. If a simple fall is hard on the body, imagine the same fall from a distance of 8 to 10 feet. It’s exponentially harder on the body with every foot of height.

 

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