Monthly Archives: March 2016

Hazard and Risk Assessments

Hazard and Risk Assessments

In order to improve the safety of workers on a job site, you need to look at the hazards that exist. Hazard and risk assessments are the tools that allow you to do this important work. By breaking all jobs down into their various component tasks, examining what could cause an incident to occur, and determining what can be done to prevent an injury, assessments allow a company to prove due diligence and plan for the dangers of a job site. This week, we will look at the differences between hazard and risk assessments.

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Why Safety Professionals Shouldn’t Yell

Why Safety Professionals Shouldn’t Yell

I was asked recently why I didn’t yell at staff when I was on a construction site. While I do yell to be heard over the noise that exists on a site, I never yell or scream to get someone’s attention or to make them correct their actions. This may seem strange to some, since they may feel that the only way to get someone to do what they want is to yell at them. I have always felt that this can be counterproductive. There are other reasons why safety professionals shouldn’t yell, which I will touch on below.

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Fatigue as a Safety Hazard

Fatigue as a Safety Hazard

This past weekend, Nova Scotia and most of the rest of North America entered daylight savings time. The loss of an hour of sleep on Saturday night can lead to greater instances of fatigue at work on Monday morning, as we all try to cope with the change. But for some, fatigue can be an issue whether there is a change to time or not. So this week, Paragon Safety Ltd. will discuss fatigue as a safety hazard

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Migraines and Safety

Migraines and Safety

I have suffered from migraines since I was a teenager. The pain from one of these headaches can be intense, the symptoms can affect how I act and react to the world around me. Last week, I was on my way to a job site when I was hit by the worst migraine I have had for years. The next day, I thought about the effect that a worker suffering from a migraine could have to the safety of his/herself and the safety of others on the job site. So this week I want to talk about the connection between migraines and safety

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Ergonomics

Ergonomics

Last week, this blog spoke about the importance of safe lifting techniques to keep workers productive. Another way to keep employees from being injured from the tasks they do is through the use of properly designed work stations. By ensuring that a work station is set up so that a worker does not have to twist or contort their body into an unnatural position or stay bent over for prolonged periods of time to do their work, a company can keep their workers working. That is why we say ergonomics can help keep employees productive.

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