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Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Thunderstorm Safety

Every year, hundreds of people are struck by lightning in this country. Light strikes can result in death and survivors can suffer lifetime neurological disabilities. Here are some important strategies for staying safe in a storm:

Silica Standards Deadline Reminder

OSHA issued the final rule on June 23, 2016 that limits exposure to reduce effects of respirable silica. Construction Industry compliance is September 23, 2017 and General Industry and Maritime compliance is June 23, 2018.

Dust inhalation can cause lung disease, silicosis and other complications of the respiratory system. There are control measures that can be taken to help protect your health and safety when working with or around construction dust. Here are a few suggestions:

Saw Cutting, Grinding & Sanding Dust

A safe workplace is sound business

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.

Heat Illness Can Be Deadly.

Water. Rest. Shade.
The work can't get done without them!

The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don't drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

OSHA requires that employers protect their employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury. When engineering controls and safe work practices are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide PPE to their employees and ensure it is used.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervisors:

Rigging Inspection

It is required by OSHA that a competent person perform inspections on rigging pieces

Rigging components are:

  • Synthetic Nylon Straps
  • Wire Rope
  • Alloy Chain

Each of the rigging pieces listed above have criteria for removal from service and inspection. However, the most common types of rigging are wire rope and synthetic nylon straps. Both have very specific damage done to them, which would require they be removed from service.

Fire Prevention and Protection

  • Combustible materials are to be stored in a way that prevents them from toppling.
  • Combustible materials should not be stored taller than 20 feet high.
  • Driveways between and around combustible storage piles should be at least 15 feet wide and maintained free from accumulation of rubbish, equipment, or other articles or materials.
  • Driveways should be so spaced that a maximim grid system unit of 50 feet by 150 feet is produced.

 

Scaffolding – Don’t Make a Misstep!

Scaffolding is defined as an, elevated temporary work platform. Common hazards associate with scaffolding;

• Falls from elevation, due to lack of fall protection.
• Collapse, due to instability or overloading.
• Being struck by falling tools, materials or debris.
• Electrocution, due to proximity of scaffolding to powerlines.

You may be familiar with one or all of the scaffolding systems, which are;

Bloodborne Pathogens-Protecting Yourself

In the workplace, BBP may be transmitted when blood or other infectious body fluids come in contact with mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth); non-intact skin (due to cuts, abrasions, burns, rashes, paper cuts); or by handling or touching contaminated materials or surfaces. BBP are also transmitted by “injection” under the skin via a contaminated sharp object puncturing or cutting the skin causing a wound.