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Protective Equipment

Depending on the work you do, you may need to take some steps to protect yourself. So, what better way to do so than by using protective equipment? However, there are many equipment options out there. Knowing your options can help you make the right choice for the job at hand...  Protective Equipment: Know Your Options Eye and face Protective equipment for your eyes and face is important for preventing potential injuries, especially to your vision. Thousands of eye- and face-related injuries happen each year, which could have been avoided if the right gear was used. With how important your vision can be, it's best to take measures to keep it safe. The right kind of gear depends on the job you're doing. For instance, if you work around a lot of flying debris, you'll want to use safety glasses or goggles. Same goes for if you work around hazardous chemicals. However, if you work with sparks and high-intensity light, like [...]

By | July 27th, 2019|

Desk Injuries: Problems You May Face

Many people might think desk jobs are "cushier" than other ones. However, working at a desk comes with it's own set of potential desk injuries. These injuries can do some serious long-term damage if left untreated. However, there's a few ways you can counter these problems... Desk Injuries: Problems You May Face Lower back pain Lower back pain and other back-related issues are some of the most common desk injuries. Constantly sitting at your desk means you'll be doing a lot of leaning forward or backwards. This means your spine is out of alignment, creating a lot of strain on your back ligaments and muscles. To help alleviate this pain, try to do some stretches to get your muscles a bit loosened up. Then, you'll want to work on improving how you sit. You want to sit upright, with your feet flat on the floor. If you need, invest in a lumbar pillow or a small stool to help ensure your [...]

By | July 24th, 2019|

Power Saw Safety: What To Know

Power saws are a very useful tool, allowing workers to cut things much faster than with hand saws. However, they can also be dangerous if you aren't careful. Therefore, it's important to practice good power saw safety. Doing so will ensure you get your work done with not doing any serious damage to yourself... Power Saw Safety: What To Know Watch your hands Perhaps the most important part of power saw safety is keeping your hands in check. Power saws spin very quickly, and as a result, can do a lot of damage to your hands if they get caught. For instance, nerve and muscle damage, and even a loss of fingers are all common injuries. Therefore, always keep your hands well clear of the saw blade when using the saw. Never use your hand to remove debris around the saw; instead, opt to use a push stick. Plus, make sure to wear safety gloves and avoid loose clothes or jewelry [...]

By | July 20th, 2019|

Puncture Wounds: Avoidance & Treatment

Sharp objects in the workplace can be pretty dangerous due to how they can cause cuts. However, some sharp objects can also cause puncture wounds. These injuries are a bit different than cuts, so it's important to know how to avoid and treat them... Puncture Wounds: Avoidance & Treatment Punctures vs. cuts It's important to know the distinction between puncture wounds compared to cuts. Usually, people tend to get cuts at work when they scrape something sharp against their skin. Many times, these cuts tend to be just on the surface of your skin. However, deeper ones can make their way to the muscle, causing serious injury.  Punctures, on the other hand, are usually narrower and deeper than cuts. They're usually caused when a sharp object goes through your skin rather than across it. As a result, puncture wounds can end up causing damage to your muscles much quicker. They also present a higher risk of infections.  Avoiding them Avoiding puncture wounds [...]

By | July 19th, 2019|

Gardening Precautions

Its summer so you know what you have to do: work on your yard. Gardening and yard work is done more in the summer because of more time and sunlight. There are also many deals on mulch, soil and plants. However, being outside in the heat for longer periods of time can hurt you. If this is you this summer, make sure to make a few gardening precautions that’ll keep you going.  Gardening Precautions: Keeping Yourself Safe Outside Plan Ahead This summer has record high temperatures. Therefore, it’s important to plan ahead. Look at your weekly forecasting. You can accomplish this by either watching the news or searching for it online. See which days are cloudy and pick those! Obviously, those are the best because it’s not scorching hot and it’s not raining. On top of that, also great for gardening precautions. On cloudy days in the summer, you can get most of your work donethat you may not get to on [...]

By | July 14th, 2019|

Workplace Flu: Keep Yourself Healthy

Perhaps one of the most annoying things to get sick with is the workplace flu. The flu and its symptoms can really get in the way of you doing your work effectively. However, you can take some steps to protect yourself. Doing so can help you remain healthy, even while others are getting sick... Workplace Flu: Keep Yourself Healthy Flu shots If there's one thing that helps protect you from the workplace flu, it's the flu shot. The flu shot helps get your body ready to stave off whatever that year's common flu strain is. The shot will help encourage your body to make antibodies which can boost your chances of avoiding sickness.  However, many people avoid getting their flu shots. Some think that it's not going to work, while other's think it's inconvenient. Still, flu shots are the best way to boost your chances of staying healthy. Plus, many stores, pharmacies, and other places offer flu shots, many times for [...]

By | July 11th, 2019|

Asbestos Risks: What You Should Know

Asbestos isn't something that most people will run into in their workplaces these days. Of course, this is because we have a better understanding of how dangerous it can be. However, asbestos risks still do exist depending on the circumstances. That's why it's still important for you to know how you can stay safe... Asbestos Risks: What You Should Know What is it? Many people have heard about asbestos, but they may not know what it really is. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which can be pulled into a fluff-like state. It's very resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. This made it very popular as an insulator, and as a fire-proofing measure.  However, there are also the asbestos risks. Inhaling asbestos particles is very dangerous, and they remain stuck in your body. Over time, this can cause inflammation, and potentially cancers like mesothelioma. Plus, these particles are undetectable unless performing a special test. Where is it? Determining asbestos risks includes [...]

By | July 5th, 2019|

Computer Injury

In the day and age where typing and texting are essential to daily living, our wrists seem to take most of the damage. This is especially the case when work requires you to type endlessly. Essentially, our wrists go through a lot. When we don’t rest our wrists enough from physically draining tasks, the chances of developing long term damage increases. Long term damage can be anything from carpal tunnel to ganglion cysts. However, you can take steps to lower the chances of a computer injury! Computer Injury: Prevention is the Best Medicine Posture Do you remember your mom telling you to sit up straight? Well, she was right-but she knew that already.  Poor posture can throw off the balance of your whole body. In turn, this imbalance can lead to uneven weight distribution that can cause pain in your wrists. To keep from slouching, try to take a walk every 30 minutes. This helps with correcting your posture, preventing computer [...]

By | July 2nd, 2019|

Warehouse Safety: Ways To Keep Safe

A lot of companies use warehouses to store goods before sending them out to stores. However, the rate of fatal injuries in these places is much higher than the overall national average. Therefore, it's crucial to practice good warehouse safety at all times while on the job... Warehouse Safety: Ways To Keep Safe Docks Many warehouses have docks directly attached to them. This makes it easier to offload goods from a ship and get them into the warehouse. However, these docks present their own potential risks. That's why knowing how to navigate these docks is an important part of warehouse safety.  First, always make sure the docks are clear of anything that doesn't need to be there. Then, ensure that the sides and edges are all properly marked and visible. Don't do anything risky like running or jumping between platforms too. It may seem harmless, but it can seriously increase your injury chances.  Forklifts The most common machines used at warehouses [...]

By | June 25th, 2019|

Muscle Strains: How To Avoid Them

Muscle strains, and muscle-related injuries in general, are some of the most common workplace injuries. These strains can seriously get in the way of your work, and could become even worse if not taken care of. However, taking some preventative measures can help reduce the risk of these injuries... Muscle Strains: How To Avoid Them Be aware of the symptoms The first part of avoiding muscle strains is knowing what they are. These strains (also known as pulled muscles) occur when you push your muscles a bit past their usual limits. In these situations, your muscles begins to slightly tear, usually near the tendons. For example, strains can occur if your job requires you to do a lot of heavy lifting, or constant physical activity.  A strain, however, is not a full-on tear, but could increase the chances of one. Usually, you can quickly tell when you strain a muscle. There's generally a quick feeling of pain or soreness in the [...]

By | June 21st, 2019|