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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|

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|

Storm Safety: Handle Bad Weather

Stormy weather isn’t only a problem for those on the road. It can also be an issue for those who work outside. Practicing good storm safety is important for when the weather turns bad. That way, you can be sure you’re safe while waiting out the storm… Storm Safety: Handle Bad Weather Check ahead of time The first part of a good storm safety plan is checking the weather ahead of time. Most of the danger from storms comes from being caught off-guard. If you don’t know that a storm might be coming later in the day, then you probably won’t plan accordingly. This can cause issues when the storm actually does hit your work site. Therefore, be sure you check the weather before any work begins. That will allow you to know if you’ll be able to work as usual or if you should expect rough weather. Once you know bad weather is coming, you can manage your work and [...]

By | February 16th, 2020|

Workplace Opioids: Prevent Misuse

The rising opioid crisis has made its way into several places, including at work. Workplace opioids are a serious danger, and should be treated seriously. Therefore, it's important to know what you can do to help avoid or prevent misuse... Workplace Opioids: Prevent Misuse Educate employees One of the biggest factors behind workplace opioids is a lack of information. Many workers are unaware of just how dangerous these pills are. As a result, when they get a prescription, they don't know what to be aware of. This ends up increasing their chances of developing an addiction. Due to this, it's important to make sure they know the risks. Many workplaces are now providing handouts about the risks of opioids. Plus, doctors are also doing more to raise awareness. This can help injured workers find different, safer ways to manage their pain. Healthy workplace culture A healthy culture also helps prevent workplace opioids. There's a lot of different factors behind opioid addiction. [...]

By | February 13th, 2020|

Sitting Safely: Improving Posture

A lot of workers these days will spend their shifts sitting rather than standing. While this might seem more comfortable, it can actually be pretty unhealthy. Sitting safely is something you're going to want to prioritize. That way, you avoid any of the unpleasant side effects... Sitting Safely: Improving Posture Importance of posture Posture is very important for sitting safely. If your posture is poor, then your body is going to be in an awkward, "unnatural" position. This can result in a lot of negative impacts on the body. In particular, blood flow and breathing are some of the most impacted areas. As a result, it's a good idea to sit in a "neutral" position. Keep your head and back straight, to help avoid neck and spine injuries. Make sure to also have some kind of support for your hands and wrists. Keeping them in a neutral position also helps prevent carpal tunnel and other posture-related injuries. Proper height Height is [...]

By | February 8th, 2020|

Stairway Safety: Avoiding Falls

Plenty of people make use of stairs every day while at work. However, it's important to remember that these stairs can be dangerous. That's why you'll want to practice good stairway safety. Doing so will help you avoid some nasty falls... Stairway Safety: Avoiding Falls Use the handrails Handrails are probably the most useful and important part of stairway safety. Most of the falls which occur on stairs are due to a lack of balance. If you don't use the handrails, then you don't have anything to lean on if you lose your balance. That means you'll end up falling directly onto the stairs. Therefore, you should be sure to use the handrails when on the stairs. After all, it's always better to remove any risk of falling if possible. That also means you should watch how much you carry when using stairs. At least one hand should be free to use the handrail. Watch for obstacles Obstacles are another danger [...]

By | February 6th, 2020|

Office Chairs: Why They Matter

If there’s one piece of equipment that people overlook, it’s office chairs. At first, these chairs might seem pretty simple. However, finding the right chair is important for avoiding some potential injuries… Office Chairs: Why They Matter The value of ergonomics The best kind of office chairs are the ones that are ergonomic. Still, this can be a problem for some people. That’s why you need to make sure you buy one that is truly a good fit for your workplace. Don’t just go off of a label on the box! It helps to keep a couple things in mind when looking for a chair. For example, do you need a chair with high reach, or one that’s down low? Also, will the chair be suitable for the work you do? Chairs are only ergonomic when they can suit your size, workstation, and the work that you do. Why chairs matter What’s so important about finding good office chairs? It all [...]

By | February 2nd, 2020|

Painting Injuries: Common Causes

Working as a painter might appear to be pretty light when you compare it to other jobs. However, there's actually a pretty high number of painting injuries each year. In fact, there's a few different ways in which a painter could end up with an injury... Painting Injuries: Common Causes Falls from ladders One area that causes many painting injuries are slips and falls from ladders. Ladders are a very common tool for painters to use. After all, they help them get into those hard-to-reach areas. Still, they can also be a source of injury as well. Many times, ladders will get drops of paint on them, making them slippery and increasing the risk of someone getting hurt. In other cases, someone might use the wrong ladder for the job at hand, or not have it secured properly. Having to carry up paint and equipment up them can also increase the chance of falling off. Muscle pains and injury Muscle-related injuries [...]

By | January 18th, 2020|

RICE: Responding To Injury

Strains and sprains are some of the most common work injuries. Therefore, it's important to know how you should respond if you find yourself injured. One way which doctors recommend is the RICE method. This four-step plan can help get your injury under control and prevent it from getting worse... RICE: Responding To Injury Rest The first part of the RICE plan is rest. You'll want to start this as soon as you feel some kind of pain. After all, pain is our body's way of letting us know something is wrong. That means don't buy into the "no pain, no gain" mindset. Trying to keep working could just make your injury worse! Instead, stop working and take some time to rest. While a quick break might make you feel better, don't try and just brush it off. Most doctors say it's a good idea to avoid putting weight on the injured area for at least 48 hours, to see how [...]

By | January 11th, 2020|

Repetitive Strain Injury

Many people tend to do the same tasks day in and day out at work. However, this can potentially lead to a repetitive strain injury. It can be hard to do your work when dealing with one of these injuries. Therefore, it's important to know what to look for, and how to avoid them... Repetitive Strain Injury What they are A repetitive stain injury, like the name implies, is a type of strain that happens due to repeated motions. This can include both those done at work, and those done at home. In general, these injuries tend to effect soft tissue, like muscles and nerves. Doctors also refer to these injuries as overuse syndrome and cumulative trauma disorders. There's many kinds of injuries which fall under this category. For example, carpal tunnel is one of the most common repetitive injuries. Tennis elbow is also another common injury, as well as tendinitis. Even shin splints can be due to repetitive strain! Causes [...]

By | January 4th, 2020|