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Using Eye Protection in Healthcare Settings

Using Eye Protection in Healthcare Settings

| October 18, 2017

The first patent for eye protection which was a sanitary face shield was granted to Ellen Dempsy of Albany, New York, in 1903. It was primarily invented for “automobilists” but it was also intended to protect people from breathing in airborne germs. Today the need for PPE is even more pronounced as healthcare providers are […]

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How to inspect scaffolding safety

How to inspect scaffolding safety

| October 16, 2017

Scaffolds can collapse due to instability or overloading. Always inspect scaffoldings to make sure hazards do not result in tragedies. When Should You Inspect Scaffolding? As per OSHA regulations, 29 CFR 1926.451, scaffolding should be inspected: after installation / before first use at least every week every time after adverse weather conditions like high wind […]

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Minimum Clearance Around Electrical Panels (Carrying 600 Volts or Less)

Minimum Clearance Around Electrical Panels (Carrying 600 Volts or Less)

| October 9, 2017

Insufficient clearance around electrical panels is one of the many electrical hazards that can endanger worker safety. Obstructed access to panelboards can prevent personnel from shutting down the source of power in the event of an accident. Blocking electrical panels is a violation of regulations set by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

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Different types of heat stress

Different types of heat stress

| October 4, 2017

Heat stress is common among workers like firefighters, factory workers, miners, bakers, and farmers, who are exposed to high temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors. Heat stress at workplace is the combined result of body heat generated through physical exertion, environmental factors, and the clothes you wear. Heat stress takes various forms in heat-related illnesses like heat […]

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How to Clean Up Chemical Spills in the Lab

How to Clean Up Chemical Spills in the Lab

| September 14, 2017

Whether large or small, spills require caution and skill to contain them safely. Here’s a quick general response guide on how to clean up chemical spills in the lab. If the spill can result in vapors or airborne dust, shut doors and windows to the lab and increase ventilation through fume hoods. If your facility’s […]

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Crane Inspection Checklist

Crane Inspection Checklist

| September 14, 2017

Before conducting a successful crane safety inspection, it’s important to understand the kind of inspection you need to perform. Crane inspections are of two types—frequent and periodic [20 CFR 1910.179(j).] [Note that OSHA Standard 1910 covers only general industry. For cranes used in construction and shipyards, see 29 CFR parts 1926 and 1915, respectively.] Frequent […]

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Safety Checklist: Forklift Battery Charging Areas

Safety Checklist: Forklift Battery Charging Areas

| August 31, 2017

Charging forklift batteries requires training and caution due to the batteries’ weight, the corrosive sulfuric acid contained within, the possibility of explosive hydrogen fumes, and the chance of electric shocks on unprotected exposure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard, 29 CFR 1910.178(g), lays out the safety requirements for forklift battery charging areas. 1. […]

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Understanding food allergy bullying

Understanding food allergy bullying

| April 5, 2017

As summertime comes to a halt, preparation for the new school year commences. Along with stocking up on notebooks, binders, and calculators, communities and schools must consider how they’re going to approach the different bullying trends that occur while classes are in session. As varied as its forms may be, all bullying has common aspects: […]

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Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

| March 6, 2017

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell, no color, and most commonly occurs as the byproduct of burning fuel, whether from a furnace, an auto engine, or a forklift. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide prevents red blood cells from transporting oxygen. Beware carbon monoxide leaks, because they cannot be seen, smelled or […]

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Noise Exposure Limits

Noise Exposure Limits

| March 6, 2017

Each year, 22 million workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels at work. High noise levels damage the inner ear nerves, and can cause noise-induced hearing loss, both as a result of damage over time, and from specific loud exposures. The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) recommends a safe noise exposure limit […]

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Oxygen Enriched and Deficient Atmospheres

Oxygen Enriched and Deficient Atmospheres

| March 6, 2017

Oxygen is what we all need to breathe, and it’s present everywhere in the atmosphere. Ordinary air is 20.9% oxygen. Oxygen tanks are used in all kinds of of industries, ranging from gas welding, to steel production, to the aviation industry, to healthcare. Oxygen is used in oxygen-acetylene welding, as a supplement for surgical patients, […]

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