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Truck Stops: Keeping Safe

When you're making your hauls, especially longer ones, you might find yourself visiting some truck stops. However, not all truckers feel comfortable at these rest spots. As a result, it's important to know what you can do to keep yourself and your cargo safe... Truck Stops: Keeping Safe Plan ahead Many truck stops tend to be located right off of major highways. However, not all of these rest areas will be the same. Some of them might be in better, safer areas than others. Others might be well off of your original route. Due to this, you don't want to leave finding a place to rest up to chance. Try to account for rest stops ahead of time during your route planning. Many times, things like GPS apps will highlight any potential rest stops automatically. Still, make sure to check out any reviews these stops might have. It might be worth it to drive a little longer to a safer one, [...]

By | November 30th, 2019|

Hairdressing Hazards

When you think of dangerous jobs, hairdressers might not come to mind. However, there are actually a few hairdressing hazards which can show up. In fact, these hazards are actually pretty common in many other workplaces as well... Hairdressing Hazards Chemicals Chemicals are some of the most pressing hairdressing hazards. For example, products like dyes, creams, and bleaching agents can be dangerous if their fumes are breathed in. Also, other products can lead to chemical burns if they touch the skin or eyes. As a result, it's important for hairdressers protect themselves. Protective equipment is key for hairdressers. Gloves and goggles will help keep the hands and eyes safe, respectively. It's also good to wear face masks, and clothes which will cover the body all over. Proper ventilation is crucial as well, in order to keep the air safe to breathe when the chemicals aren't in use. Cuts and burns Other hairdressing hazards relate to the equipment used. After all, hairdressers [...]

By | November 28th, 2019|

Toxic Fumes: How To Protect Yourself

If you find yourself working with chemicals, you may also have to watch for toxic fumes. These fumes can be quite dangerous, and potentially deadly if one isn't careful. Therefore, it's important to know how best you can protect yourself while on the job... Toxic Fumes: How To Protect Yourself Wear a respirator The first part of working around toxic fumes is keeping your lungs safe. After all, these are the parts of the body which will be the most impacted if you breathe the fumes in. Inhaling these fumes could cause some serious damage to the lungs, both in the short-term and the long-term. However, it isn't always a simple as putting on the first respirator you find. Different types might work better depending on the fumes you encounter. Therefore, try to keep that in mind when looking for one, along with understanding how it works and if it will fit you. Watch what you're mixing Sometimes, toxic fumes are [...]

By | November 23rd, 2019|

Painkillers: How They Work

If you end up with a work-related injury, a doctor might prescribe you some painkillers to help your recovery. However, how do these pills actually work? Many people actually don't know just what this medicine does. Being better informed can help you stay safe while taking a prescription... Painkillers: How They Work Reliever versus killer What sets apart a painkiller from a pain reliever? While the former tends to require a prescription, the later can be purchased from nearly anywhere. In fact, there's over 30 billion doses of things like aspirin and ibuprofen sold each year. The main difference comes down to how each pill works in the brain. Painkillers tend to be very strong, and many today are what would be considered opioids. These pills target special opioid receptors in the brain, which when stimulated, reduce experienced pain. Relievers, on the other hand, interfere with the pain signals your nerves send to the brain, to lessen felt pain. Risky business [...]

By | November 21st, 2019|

Bleeding Injuries: How To Respond

Getting a work injury is never enjoyable. However, some injuries could result in serious bleeding. Bleeding injuries can be pretty scary, and have to be treated quickly. There's a few areas in particular you want to be sure to address... Bleeding Injuries: How To Respond Check for the source Bleeding injuries, like the name implies, means there will be a bit of blood to watch for. Sometimes, this can make it hard to figure out where exactly the bleeding is coming from. However, you definitely will want to figure out where exactly the source of the bleeding is. Only then can you effectively begin to stop it. Once you notice blood, try to trace it back to where it appears to be coming from. This might be pretty easy if you get hurt and can see it. However, sometimes you might get injuries you aren't aware of until you feel bleeding. In those cases, look around where you feel the bleeding [...]

By | November 16th, 2019|

Electrical Safety: Hazards To Watch For

Pretty much every workplace these days makes use of electricity. It powers tools, machines, computers, as well as the lights and A/C. However, due to this, it helps to practice good electrical safety. With how prevalent electricity is, it helps to know what to watch for to keep yourself safe... Electrical Safety: Hazards To Watch For The cords Power cord management is an important aspect of electrical safety. Having a bunch of loose cords laying around is just asking for trouble. For starters, it becomes very easy for someone to trip over them, especially if they're in walkways. Plus, they could also accidentally pull a computer or machine off it's desk and onto the floor, which usually results in breakage. Therefore, you want to make sure your power cables are set up safely. Try to keep them away from areas where people commonly walk. Instead, try to run them along the walls or desks. You can also use power cord brackets [...]

By | November 14th, 2019|

Workplace Fatigue: Common Causes

Workplace fatigue is a common issue many workers face. It's also a common cause for a lot of workplace injuries. As a result, this fatigue is something you'll want to try and avoid. Knowing what usually leads to fatigue can help wit this... Workplace Fatigue: Common Causes Heavy workload Perhaps the most obvious cause of workplace fatigue is a heavy workload. As you go about your workday, you naturally get more tired. This process is sped up as you do more work. By the time your shift is over, you might be exhausted and feel pretty drained. This exhaustion can also lead to potential injury if you aren't careful. For most people, this is very apparent at physical jobs. Having to constantly move around, carry heavy objects, or doing other similar tasks can quickly cause your body to get exhausted. However, you can also experience this at more stationary jobs. Having to constantly exert yourself mentally can also cause similar feelings [...]

By | November 9th, 2019|

Broken Bone: Easing Back Into Work

A broken bone can occur through many number of ways at work. On top of the pain they bring, they also can keep you sidelined from working for a bit. While you might be eager to get back to work, it's important to know how to ease yourself into it again. That way, you avoid potential re-injury... Broken Bone: Easing Back Into Work Start off small Healing from a broken bone usually means a lot of rest. However, a side-effect of this is that your body might lose a bit of its conditioning. This can make those tasks you used to do no problem a little bit harder. Potentially, you could run the risk of re-breaking your healing bone. Therefore, you might be better starting off with a smaller workload. You might handle some lighter-duty matters at first, while you build your strength back up. That way, you can get back to doing the work you are used to without risking [...]

By | November 7th, 2019|

Diesel Fuel: Why Trucks Use It

Have you ever wondered why trucks opt to use diesel fuel over gasoline? It may seem odd at first that they don’t use the “common” form of fuel. As it turns out, diesel offers some better benefits for trucks than gas does… Diesel Fuel: Why Trucks Use It Efficiency One of the main factors behind why trucks use diesel fuel is because it’s efficient. Diesel offers a lot more energy than gas does. For instance, gas only produces around 125,000 BTU (British thermal units). By comparison, diesel produces about 147,000 BTU. This means diesel is a better choice for trucks, as they need the energy to carry heavy loads. Diesel is also easier on the engine. Diesel engines can run for 12,000 to 30,000 hours before they need maintenance. Gas engines can only run for around 6,000-12,000 hours before they need maintenance. Therefore, truckers can drive for longer without issue. This is crucial considering how many long hauls they have to [...]

By | November 4th, 2019|

Opioid Safety: Manage Pain Safely

After an injury, your doctor might prescribe you some type of prescription painkiller. However, these days there’s an extra emphasis on opioid safety. With how many people have become addicted to these drugs, it’s important to know how you can take them safely… Opioid Safety: Manage Pain Safely Opioid risks In order to understand why opioid safety is important, it helps to know why they’re so dangerous. The recent issues with these drugs can be traced back into the 1990’s. Drug companies began to develop more of these pain-killing drugs, which they claimed weren’t addictive, unlike past powerful painkillers. This led to many doctors prescribing them at increased rates. However, as time went on, it became apparent that these drugs could in fact be dangerous and addictive. With so many of these drugs already being prescribed, large amounts of people quickly became addicted. Addiction risk The issue with opioids, and the reason why opioid safety is so important, is because of [...]

By | November 3rd, 2019|