Category: Safety Tip of the Week

Safety Tip of the Week – Ticks

Safety Tip of the Week – Ticks

Tick-borne pathogens can be passed to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Ticks can be infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Tick bite prevention: Avoid areas where there is a lot of vegetation or animals that can carry ticks. If you have to be in these areas, wear clothes...

Safety Tip of the Week – Heat Stroke

Safety Tip of the Week – Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious of health problems associated with working in hot environments. It occurs when the body’s temperature regulatory system fails, and sweating becomes inadequate. The body’s only effective means of removing excess heat is compromised with little warning to the victim that a crisis stage has...

Safety Tip of the Week – The Dangers of Snakes

Safety Tip of the Week – The Dangers of Snakes

It’s starting to warm up. We not only need to start thinking about water and ensuring we stay hydrated, but with the warm weather, snakes are coming out of hibernation and we need to be aware of the dangers. Venomous snakes can be dangerous to outdoor workers including farmers, foresters,...

Safety Tip of the Week – Hazard Communication

Safety Tip of the Week – Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Major changes to...

Safety Tip of the Week – Safety Cans

Safety Tip of the Week – Safety Cans

OSHA defines a ‘safety can’ as an approved container holding 5 gallons of gas or less with a spring-closing lid and spout cover, a means to relieve internal pressure, and a flash-arresting screen. OSHA defines ‘approved’ as a gas can that has been listed or approved by a nationally recognized...

Safety Tip of the Week – Preventing Amputations

Safety Tip of the Week – Preventing Amputations

Last year OSHA received reports of more than 2,600 amputations nationwide. Machine guarding landed in the eighth spot on the agency’s most cited violations, something the agency says contributes directly to most amputation causes. Lockout/tagout citations were in the number five spots. Mechanical components present amputation hazards: Point of operation—the...

Safety Tip of the Week –  Prepare for the Heat

Safety Tip of the Week – Prepare for the Heat

Labor-intense activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness initially may manifest itself as heat rash or heat cramps but can quickly escalate to heat exhaustion and then heat stroke if simple preventative measures are not followed. Should...

Safety Tip of the Week – Keep It Clean for Safety

Safety Tip of the Week – Keep It Clean for Safety

Did you know that over 2/3 of all accidents involve housekeeping in some way, shape, or form? Approximately 2.5 million disabling injuries happen in the service industry every year with a cost of over 100 billion dollars. Housekeeping rules to remember are: Plan your work. Clean up after yourself. Pick...

Safety Tip of the Week – Working Safely on Scaffolding

Safety Tip of the Week – Working Safely on Scaffolding

Every year nearly 100 fatalities and 10,000 injuries occur on scaffolding across the country, despite numerous safety regulations aimed to prevent such incidents. The good news is, proper training can prevent almost all scaffold accidents. Scaffold hazards: Falls from elevation, due to lack of fall protection; Collapse of the scaffold,...