Sun Safety for Workers
For workers who work outside, the sun can be both an enjoyable and hazardous component of their job. It is always nice to feel the sun on a hot summer day, especially after the cold Canadian winter. There are consequences, though, for that feeling. Workers will be outside during the peak hours when sun damage can occur between 10pm and 4pm which is why sun safety for workers is so important. Precautions must be taken to avoid the various skin, eye, and other health concerns that are caused by the sun for any worker who is outside more than two hours each working day.
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Site Safety Orientations
Whenever new employees start at your company, they need to be made aware of the hazards, policies and other important safety information. The right to know is one of the three basic safety rights in all provinces and by doing a safety orientation at the time of hire, you can ensure that all employees know what is expected of them and how to do their job safely. However, different work sites will have different hazards. This is why site safety orientations are so important, not just for staff, but for contractors and visitors as well.
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Stepladders are used on almost every construction site that I have been on. The only time they haven’t been used is when the ceiling was too high. Whether used for painting, installing pipe or lights, or hanging drywall, there are few trades that do not use these devices. Companies need to promote stepladder safety as part of their regular work plans. This article is designed to be a starting point for designing such a program.
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Extension Ladder Safety
Working from heights is always dangerous. Injury can occur if a worker does not take the proper precautions. Using their equipment properly can prevent a fall from occurring. This is why there is a focus on ladder safety on every fall protection course that I have taken. Knowing how to set up an extension ladder to prevent it from falling is important part of the job task. Extension ladder safety then should be a dedicated job safety plan.
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Ladders can be found on almost every type of jobsite. From construction and utilities to the step ladder in the office used to change a light bulb, ladders are everywhere. A damaged ladder is a dangerous ladder. If inspections are not carried out at least monthly, repairs cannot be done, and a company is not shown to be carrying out their due dillgence. This post will focus on what needs to be done for ladder inspection.
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Now that the temperatures are starting to get up to twenty degrees Celsius, it is time to start reminding staff of the hazards of working in hot weather. Heat can cause many health problems, from a rash to heat stroke. So what steps can be taken to prevent workers from suffering illness in hot temperatures? And, what should supervisors be watching for?
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Controlling Safety Hazards
Identifying hazards either related to the job task or to a worksite is only half the battle. After the hazards are identified, the next step is to determine how you are going to keep those hazards from becoming an incident. Controlling safety hazards involves examining the most practicable solution to the particular hazard based on the hierarchy of controls. From eliminating the hazard altogether to requiring protective equipment to work around the hazard, the hierarchy of controls is an important tool for safety professionals and supervisors to work with.
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Fire Safety Planning Part 4: Emergency Procedures
When there is an emergency, it is important to know what you need to do. In the event of a fire, staff needs to know what their role is, how to escape the building and where they need to go after they have exited. Depending on the size and location of the employer, it may have an in house firefighting team. Whatever the role that they have, knowing the emergency procedures is important part of the emergency plan to reduce the chances of injury. This is what we are looking at in Fire Safety Planning Part 4.
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Fire Safety Planning Part 3
Once you have alerted co-workers that there is a fire in the building or jobsite, the next step is to try to put out the fire. Many different systems have been created to try and do this. Some are quite common, such as sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. Others are more specialized to deal with unique hazards or to protect equipment that may be damaged from using water. Suppression systems work by removing one of the components of the fire triangle, either heat or oxygen. Fire Safety Planning Part 3 will look at the systems that can be put in place to put out the fire.
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Detecting and Alerting
Last week we talked about the steps that must take place to prevent a fire from occurring. By controlling the elements of the fire triangle, we can reduce the risk of fire. If a fire does occur in your facility, you must have a system to alert staff that they need to evacuate, as well as possibly calling the fire department. In Fire safety planning part 2 detecting and alerting, we will look at how a fire can be detected and staff can be alerted.
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