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Toxic Materials: Working Safely

Depending on your work, you might need to be careful about toxic fumes. Other times, you could even have to handle toxic materials directly. In these cases, it’s important to know what you can do to keep yourself safe… Toxic Materials: Safe Working Practices Proper storage You'll need to store toxic materials in very specific ways. Unlike with other materials, you can’t just place them anywhere, especially out in the open. Instead, many of these materials need to be in areas with controlled temperatures and light exposure. These areas should also be properly marked so others are aware of what’s hazards they contain. It’s crucial to also make sure these materials are placed in proper containers as well. These containers should be reinforced and in an easy-to-reach spot below eye level. Be sure to check these containers often too just to make sure they aren’t leaking. Safe handling You also need to be careful when handling any toxic materials. Ideally, you’ll [...]

By | July 8th, 2020|

Truck Tires: Improve Their Lifespan

Good tires are important for any kind of driving-related work. However, truck tires in particular can really impact how safe and efficient a truck driver can be. That’s why it’s important to know how you can keep them in good shape for as long as possible… Truck Tires: General Maintenance Picking the right tires For starters, it’s key that you use the right kind of truck tires for the job at hand. Much like with car tires, not all of the tires available for your truck will be made the same. Some will emphasis durability, which makes them great for longer hauls of heavy cargo. Others may be better for shorter distances, such as for drayage. Therefore, you want to make sure you pick the right ones for your needs. Choosing the wrong ones can make your drive much more challenging than in needs to be. Plan ahead about what your next upcoming haul looks like, and swap to new tires [...]

By | July 4th, 2020|

Heavy Machinery: Prevent Injuries

Working with heavy machinery can be very useful, especially for those in construction. However, they do require one to be very careful when operating them. If not, then they could increase the chances of injury for both themselves and others… Heavy Machinery: Safe Operation Ensure you’re trained Before handling any heavy machinery, you need to make sure you have the training to use it properly. It might seem that a lot of this machinery is straightforward to use. Still, each different type comes with their own quirks and complexities. If you lack the required training, then you won’t know how to safely and effectively use this machinery. You want to ensure that this training is very thorough, so you know everything you’ll need to in order to be safe. It’ll be good to also get some hands-on learning in a safe, controlled environment. That way, you don’t have any added pressure put on you while you’re still learning. Take your time [...]

By | July 1st, 2020|

Eye Strain: How To Reduce It

You eyes are a pretty valuable tool in the workplace. However, eye strain is becoming an increasingly large problem in the workforce. Many workers experience the symptoms, but aren't sure of what to do about them. In fact, there are many steps they can take to help reduce and prevent this kind of strain... Eye Strain: How To Reduce It Identifying strain The first part of handling eye strain is identifying the signs. There are many different symptoms one could experience which could all fall under strain. For example, this could include dry eyes, blurred vision, and redness in the eyes.  However, eye strain could also lead to more serious symptoms. This can be things like feeling a burning sensation in the eyes, and increased sensitivity to light. It's also not uncommon for people to feel symptoms in other parts of their bodies. Headaches and pain in the neck, shoulders and back are also pretty common along with these other symptoms.  [...]

By | June 27th, 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|

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|