March is National Ladder Safety Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness, reinforces safety training, and educating working professionals and homeowners about the importance of safe ladder use.
The seasonal time change creates a higher risk for injuries at work. Employers and staff should be aware of the possible effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time changes.
Falls are the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations, or into holes in the floor and walls.
Snow removal operations can result in serious injuries or fatalities — particularly while removing ice or snow from rooftops and other building structures such as decks. Understanding these serious hazards, OSHA has released a new pamphlet for employers and workers involved in snow and ice removal activities.
Workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods and many workers may not know the signs and symptoms of cold stress, including conditions such as hypothermia, frostbite or trench foot.
If your job requires you to work outside in cold weather, it’s even more critical for you to be not only prepared with the proper gear to keep you safe from the dangers of the job, but also with proper clothing to keep you safe from the dangers of the cold.
Workers in cold weather can be exposed to serious health problems such as hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot. In certain instances, workers exposed to severe weather without personal protection equipment can also suffer shock that could lead to death.
A winter weather emergency policy should be part of a comprehensive emergency preparedness program that gives employees guidelines on what to expect during severe weather events.
With the increase of holiday merchandise shopping, so does the increase in potential hazards for workers. Employers should take the appropriate increased actions to protect temporary and full-time workers filling customer orders, delivering packages, preparing or serving food, and managing crowds.
In October, OSHA announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018. While Fall Protection and Hazard Communication continues to top the agency’s list, this year, Eye and Face Protection entered at #10.