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Fire Extinguishers: What To Know

Fires can be some of the most dangerous situations at any workplace. Therefore, it’s important for every workplace to have proper fire safety steps. Fire extinguishers should be a key part of any of these plans. However, it’s crucial to make sure you have the right ones and know how to use them… Fire Extinguishers: Use Them Properly Extinguisher types Not many people know that fire extinguishers come in different types. Rather, they think any extinguisher will work on any fire. In particular, there’s four classes they can be in, ranging from A to D. Each type is specifically meant to be used for different types of fires. For instance, class A extinguishers are for “ordinary” fires (like wood and paper), and class B types are for flammable liquids like grease and oil. Class C types are for electrical fires, and class D types are for any flammable metals. Many times, you’ll find extinguishers with that cover multiple classes, like A-B-C [...]

By | July 11th, 2020|

Electric Tools: Using Them Safely

There’s plenty of jobs which use some kind of electric tools. While these tools are pretty handy, they can also be dangerous if you aren’t careful. Therefore, it’s important to know how you can best use these tools in a safe manner… Electric Tools: Maximize Efficiency Care for the cords As you might imagine, power cords are an especially important element of electric tools. Issues with the cords can cause the tools to malfunction or break. On top of that, they can also pose potential hazards to you as well. Cords which are in bad shape can cause shocks or even fires if left on flammable surfaces. That’s why you need to take good care of these power cords. Avoid carrying a tool by the cord and yanking them out of outlets. Instead, always make sure you pull them out by the plug. Also, check the cords regularly for fraying and other damage. If you see any issues, don’t use the [...]

By | April 29th, 2020|

Workplace Spills: How To Handle Them

On the surface, workplace spills can seem like relatively minor issues. However, they can actually lead to much bigger problems if one isn't careful. Therefore, it's important to know how to handle them effectively... Workplace Spills: Proper Cleaning Make the spill known The first part of handling a workplace spill is letting others working around you know what's happened. This is key for any kind of spill, but it's especially important if something dangerous has been spilled. For instance, spilling water may just pose a slip risk. Spilling oil or some other chemical could also pose other health hazards, on top of being slippery. Usually, all you need to do is just give out a quick heads-up that something has spilled. Standing by the area for a moment will let others see what they should look out for. If something dangerous has spilled, let everyone in the area know and evacuate if needed. Control and contain Once everyone is aware of [...]

By | April 25th, 2020|

Early Shifts: How To Prepare

Having to work at irregular hours can be pretty rough, especially if you aren't used to it. While many people have to work overnight, others will have to adapt to early shifts. However, there are some ways you can prepare yourself and get the rest you need for your job... Early Shifts: How To Prepare Do some self-care Having to adjust for early shifts can put a lot of stress on you body. As a result, it's important you practice some healthy self-care. Not only will this help you de-stress, but it'll also help you fall asleep easier. That way, you can adapt to your new schedule much faster. Exercising is helpful because not only will it help improve your overall health, but it'll also help you burn extra energy and make it easier to sleep. Eating healthier will also be useful. A balanced diet will let you avoid eating fatty, high-calorie foods before bed. It's also good to avoid things [...]

By | April 18th, 2020|

Coronavirus Protection: Steps To Take

While it's always important to try and avoid sickness at work, the current coronavirus needs more advanced measures. Coronavirus protection is something anyone still working will want to practice. That way, they can perform their essential tasks and reduce the risk of infection... Coronavirus Protection: What To Do Wear protective gear Wearing the right protective gear is an important part of coronavirus protection. The virus can be transmitted both by touch and through the air. Therefore, things like gloves and face masks are essential for workers to wear. This is especially true if they have to be in contact with the public. Ideally, the gloves used will be anti-bacterial. If that isn't possible, then other plastic gloves can work, so long as one changes them throughout the day. Workers should also wear face masks at all time. The CDC encourages people to wear cloth masks instead, as health care workers need medical masks. Clean things off Constant cleaning is also key [...]

By | April 15th, 2020|

Delivery Driving Safety: Handy Methods

While a lot of workers are spending more time at home recently, delivery drivers are in high demand. Therefore, it's good to know some delivery driving safety fundamentals. That way, if you find yourself doing some driving, you can do your best to keep yourself healthy... Delivery Driving Safety: Key Steps Lift & stretch properly Lifting and stretching properly are some important fundamentals of delivery driving safety. Depending on what kind of things you deliver, you may need to move around heavy packages. Not lifting them properly could cause some serious damage, especially to your back. Therefore, it's good to practice some smart lifting techniques. This will help reduce the strain placed on your body. If possible, you should also use things like handcarts for those very-heavy packages. Be sure to stretch as well, in order to keep your muscles relaxed after constant lifting, moving, and sitting in the car or truck. Wear the right equipment Good equipment is also a [...]

By | April 8th, 2020|

Opioid Treatment: Common Injuries

While opioids can be quite dangerous, they can also be very useful when taken properly. In fact, there's some common workplace injures in which opioid treatment is very effective. If you have to deal with an injury like these, then it may be helpful to see if this treatment aids you... Opioid Treatment: Common Injuries Broken bones Broken bones are one common injury which opioid treatment can help with. For starters, a broken bone is going to be very painful. Even minor fractures in a bone can cause serious amounts of pain. Then, there's also the fact that, depending on how bad the break is, there could be injuries to the muscles and ligaments around the broken bone. Recovery for broken bones can take a good amount of time to fully recover from. During that time, you might experience a lot of constant pain. Responsibly taking opioids can help make that pain tolerable and allow you to focus on a healthy [...]

By | March 26th, 2020|

Stinging Insects: Work Safely

There's a lot of different hazards you might run into when working outdoors. One of the most annoying ones can be stinging insects. However, these insects can be dangerous too. Therefore, it's important to know how you can work safely around them... Stinging Insects: Work Safely Common insects Stinging insects, like their name says, are any insects which have a stinger attached to their abdomen. When these animals feel threatened, they'll use their stinger to protect themselves and get away. Wasps, hornets, bees, and ants are some of the most commonly-encountered insects that have stingers. Furthermore, these insects can appear in a wide variety of areas. For example, they could be in nests on trees, or overhangs like on houses or buildings. They could also be inside shrubs, bushes, or hedges. They can even make their nests in abandoned houses and vehicles. That's why you always should be on the watch for them. Why worry? What's the big concern about stinging [...]

By | February 28th, 2020|

Workplace Housekeeping

There's a lot of different potential hazards which can pop up at the workplace. However, many of these risks could be averted with some simple workplace housekeeping. Keeping things clean goes a long way in keeping others safe... Workplace Housekeeping Put things away Good organization is a key aspect of workplace housekeeping. If you leave things like tools or equipment laying around, then it's very easy for others to potentially trip over them. Plus, it'll also make it harder for others to do their job effectively. Therefore, you should make sure things are put away properly. This is especially true for especially dangerous items. For example, you might not think cardboard boxes laying around are a big deal. But, they actually pose a significant fire hazard. That's why you'll want to dispose of them sooner rather than later. Clean up spills Spills are also another area to focus workplace housekeeping efforts on. Spills are some of the leading causes of slips [...]

By | February 27th, 2020|

Confined Spaces: Keep Safe

Depending on the work you do, you may find yourself having to work in some confined spaces. While these areas can be pretty narrow, they can also be quite dangerous. Therefore, it's important to know how you can stay safe... Confined Spaces: Keep Safe Defining confined In general, confined spaces are areas which are pretty narrow, and can't keep people in them for a long period of time. Usually, these areas will also have limited access. There might also be some other substance which makes a space more confined than usual, such as water or dirt. These spaces can also be above or below ground. For example, tunnels, wells, and manholes are all confined areas. So are silos, storage tanks, and ship holds. Even something like a vault or freezer can be considered confined! This is why you always have to be aware of the possible risks. Potential hazards Confined spaces come with a variety of different hazards. In fact, many [...]

By | February 20th, 2020|