Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • NOAA Weather-Ready Nation

    NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.
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    Record-breaking snowfall, cold temperatures, extended drought, high heat, severe flooding, violent tornadoes, and massive hurricanes have all combined to reach the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.

    The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness, which is why the Weather-Ready Nation initiative is so important. Through operational initiatives, NOAA’s National Weather Service is transforming its operations to help America respond. In the end, emergency managers, first responders, government officials, businesses and the public will be empowered to make fast, smart decisions to save lives and livelihoods.

    The initiative includes improvements in a wide range of areas to support management of the nation’s water supply, understanding of climate-related risks, economic productivity, healthy communities and ecosystems.

    Building on past successes in decision support services, the National Weather Service is launching community-based pilot projects across the country, ranging in focus from emergency response to integrated environmental services, to enhance the nation’s preparedness. NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service are moving new science and technology into weather service operations that will improve forecasts, increase lead time and ultimately increase weather-readiness.

    Building a Weather-Ready Nation starts with these internal actions, but requires the action of a vast nationwide network of partners including other government agencies and emergency managers, researchers, the media, insurance industry, non-profits, the private sector, the Weather Enterprise and more.

    Through a series of symposiums, the national dialog engages these partners in assessing why the nation is experiencing such extreme impacts.

    The goal of the dialog is to support the mission of the National Weather Service by reducing risk and increasing community resilience for future extreme events.

    All of these actions fall under the umbrella of Weather-Ready Nation. And all support the same end goal: better information for better decisions.

  • Rigging Safety

    We have all heard the phrase... "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link". When it comes to crane operations, rigging can often be that "weak link". How a load is attached to a crane can make the difference between a successful lift and an unfortunate accident. And rigging-related accidents can often be deadly, due to the large and heavy loads that are lifted. A small miscalculation, or a brief moment of inattention, and tragedy could strike. Once a load falls not much can be done to stop it, and there is little time for people to move safely out of the way. A coworker can be injured or killed, and expensive equipment and cargo could be damaged or destroyed... even the crane itself.

    6 Elements That Affect Hoisting and Rigging Safety

    Hoisting and rigging operations are a critical part of every industry. They allow the loads to be moved from one place to another, without much human effort. Heavy cranes and hoist structures are used in shipping as well as construction industry. Improper rigging methods, use of wrong equipment or other factors affecting the operations can cause serious injuries to the workers using the equipment as well as those standing around it. Serious injuries, burns, cuts, physical impairments and fatalities can be caused due to improper use of rigging equipment.

    The process of rigging and hoisting uses cranes and other large pieces of equipment to lift iron, concrete and steel materials. Though this practice is regulated by OSHA, each year many workers are killed in crane accidents and others are left seriously injured. It is important that the operators involved in rigging operations are sufficiently trained.

    Following are six major factors that can compromise the safety of the hoisting and rigging equipment:

    1. Work Load Limit

    Don't assume. It is important that you determine the actual work load limit of the equipment. You can determine the weight of the load by checking the shipping papers, catalog, manufacturer’s specifications and other reliable sources. The size and weight of all the equipment used in the hoisting operation should be determined including the beams, slings, wire ropes, load and the crane boom.

    If the ideal work load weight is not provided, you have to calculate the weight using the standard weight and apply appropriate formulas using area and volume. Generally, hoisting and rigging applications will require you to calculate the resistive forces applied. Pulleys and rollers on ground will also add some resistance and that must be included in the calculation.

    It is important to remember never to exceed the given load limit.

    2. Weather Condition

    Weather conditions are also important elements that affect rigging safety. These need to be considered while planning and executing lifting or hoisting operations. Poor visibility, darkness, dust etc. should be considered while planning a lift.

    In extreme cold conditions avoid shock-loading or applying sudden jerk to rigging equipment and hardware, which can break the already brittle parts. Also keep in mind that at freezing temperatures, loads are likely to be frozen to the ground or the structures they might be resting on.

    In windy conditions, a great deal of judgment is required to carry out lifting operations. Most cranes have some specifications concerning the maximum wind speed they can tolerate. While no such specification is generally available in the load charts, it is important that the crane manufacturer should be consulted to know the maximum permissible wind speed

    3. Proper Rigging Method

    Every rigging operation has a definite rigging method that should be followed in order to ensure safe working conditions. Using improper rigging methods can reduce the efficiency of the load lift and also cause fatal injuries if the load loosens up. You need to ensure that all rigging equipment are placed and rigged properly to the load as well as to the lifting device. It is important to determine proper sling methods in order to increase the efficiency of the lift and reduce the amount of force required.

    It is also important to secure or remove all unused slings before lifting the load. Determine the center of gravity of the load as well as the crane in order to prevent load swing. Avoid dragging slings from under the load. Also make sure the sling angles are properly maintained to reduce risks of load imbalance and fall. Avoid sudden snatching, swinging, and stopping of suspended loads. Rapid acceleration and deceleration also increases these dynamic forces. Failure to maintain the load capacity is one of the main reasons of rigging failure.

    4. Proper Rigging Equipment

    Choosing the right equipment for your rigging operation is the first step to ensuring safety. It is important that a competent person with the necessary knowledge and qualifications is consulted while choosing the right rigging equipment. That’s because you must know the purpose of the equipment and also the load weight which is to be rigged to the equipment.

    You need to understand the characteristics of various rigging equipment and their nature. Also while predetermining their use try and understand what should be kept in mind while storing or inspecting such equipment. For example, there are various kinds of lifting ropes like polypropylene, nylon, synthetic, chain and wire ropes that can used for various purposes.

    Choosing the right rigging hardware will protect the workers and property from any harm and the operation can be carried out easily. An experienced rigger will have the best knowledge about selecting the appropriate equipment for a specific lift. Some of the main aspects to consider are strength, diameter, grade, and the type of construction.

    5. Inspection And Maintenance Of Rigging Hardware

    All machinery and rigging hardware should undergo regular inspection. Understanding the nature of the material and its properties will allow you to identify the types of abrasion it can face. Inspection and maintenance are generally equipment specific. There are generally three types of inspection that every piece of hardware should go through:

    1. Visual Inspection

    2. OSHA Inspection

    3. Periodic Inspection

    Proper storage and lubrication will help increase the service life of the ropes and slings. Remove kinks carefully and unwind the new coil of rope clockwise.

    Another aspect of maintenance is that you must store wire ropes and slings in a cool dry room away from dust and chemicals. Avoid leaving these lying on the open ground. Also wash dirty ropes in clean cool water and hang to dry. Apply timely lubrication after consulting the rigging manufacturer.

    6. Responsible Hoist And Rigging Operator

    A responsible hoist and rigging operator is a necessity in every industry. He should be competent enough to carry out rigging operations safely and must be trained and qualified to operate certain machines like cranes, forklifts and also certain technical devices. Being an operator also means he should be able to supervise the workforce that is under him. His proper knowledge and understanding in his field will allow him to take accurate decisions when required. When on duty he should be alert enough to report any type of foreseen and unforeseen danger. Also, the management must give rigging operators the authority to stop an operation if he finds it risky.

    As a competent hoist and rigging operator he should understand the importance of conducting a safe hoist operation. He should understand how to load and when to lower the load safely. An operator who leaves a load suspended and unattended is subject to strict action, which may include canceling his or her license to operate the crane.

    Keeping these six elements in mind while performing a hoist or rigging operation will ensure safety at the work site and reduce the risks of injury to the workers.

     

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    - Physical and mental preparation.
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    - Equipment inspection.
    - Hazard assessment.
    - Slings and hitches.
    - Hand signals.
    - Load angles.
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  • Hypothermia

    We've talked a lot about Frostbite, Winter Warmers, and Winter Safety - now learn about Hypothermia:

    • When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced.
    • Low body temperature may make you unable to think clearly or move well.
    • You may not know you have hypothermia.
    • If your temperature is below 95°, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

    When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

    Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

    Victims of hypothermia are often (1) elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating; (2) babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; (3) people who remain outdoors for long periods—the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.; and (4) people who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.

    Hypothermia

    Warnings signs of hypothermia:

    Adults:

    • shivering, exhaustion
    • confusion, fumbling hands
    • memory loss, slurred speech
    • drowsiness

    Infants:

    • bright red, cold skin
    • very low energy

    What to Do

    If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

    If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:

    • Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.
    • If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.
    • Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available. Or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
    • Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
    • After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
    • Get medical attention as soon as possible.

    A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing. In this case, handle the victim gently, and get emergency assistance immediately. Even if the victim appears dead, CPR should be provided. CPR should continue while the victim is being warmed, until the victim responds or medical aid becomes available. In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.

  • Want to Be a Babysitter?

    If you've got your eye on becoming a babysitter, make sure you know how to keep your charges safe.

    The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice:

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      Take classes in babysitting, first aid and CPR. Understand the basics of sleep safety for babies, such as the need to have them sleep on the back.

    • Bring a list of questions and information you will need from the parents. Make sure you have everything you need before the parents leave.
    • Learn how to help prevent choking. But do not give children food or medication unless instructed to do so by the parents.
    • Check on children about every 15 minutes while they're sleeping.
    • Infant CPR Anytime is an “all-in-one” learning kit that teaches the basic skills of Infant CPR, Infant choking relief and calling for help in approximately 20 minutes. Infant CPR Anytime allows users to learn these life-saving skills anywhere, either in the comfort of their own home or in large group settings. The kit teaches CPR using the AHA’s research-proven “practice-while-watching” technique, which allows users to watch an instructional DVD while practicing their skills on a personal manikin. Infant CPR Anytime is designed to be shared with close family members and friends to help extend lifesaving training to more people. Because more lives can be saved…. Product Specifications: The Infant CPR Anytime kit includes the following: · 1 bilingual (English/Spanish) Infant CPR Anytime DVD · 1 poly-bagged Mini Baby® CPR personal manikin · 1 bilingual (English/Spanish) Infant CPR Anytime skills reminder card · 1 Mini Baby replacement lung · Manikin wipes CPR Anytime is an “all-in-one” learning kit that teaches the basic skills of CPR, Available in Adult/Child or Infant Programs

      Make sure all outside doors and windows are locked.

    • Do not allow anyone in the home, and call police if you suspect danger.
    • Never leave a child alone in the bathtub for even a moment.
    • Make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency, such as a fire.
    -- Diana Kohnle

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  • Fall Protection

    Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

    Employers should  provide the information employees need to work safely when they are "off the ground", and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection.

    concrete-fallMany different industrial and construction tasks require workers to perform at heights that can pose serious fall hazards. Despite the looming dangers of working at height, many workers will still avoid using a fall protection system. One of the most common reasons that workers do not use fall protection is that they find the systems restrictive or improperly positioned for effective use. If the fall protection is a nuisance for workers, they are significantly less likely to use it. This is especially true when workers need fall protection for equipment that’s constantly changing location. One safety manager at a cement plant had this problem and Rigid Lifelines™ had the solution.

    The process of cement production is messy and involved from start to finish. Millions of tons of limestone are mined from quarries throughout North America every year and one of the most common uses for limestone is cement production. Cement production requires the limestone to be moved from the quarry to storage bins and then the manufacturing floor. During manufacturing, the limestone and other minerals undergo a grinding, firing, and milling process until the cement is ready to be shipped via flat bed truck and railcar to different retail locations. Truckers need to tarp flatbed loads and test railcar hoppers to ensure that the cement is ready for transport. Due to the dusty nature of cement, both flatbed trucks and railcars need to have regular cleaning and maintenance. While workers are performing those tasks, they are being exposed to dangerous heights anywhere between four and fourteen feet. And without the proper equipment, workers could experience a fall that may result in serious injury or death.

    In 2012, a major North American cement manufacturer recognized that hazard when a worker performing flatbed maintenance experienced a fall and injuries at one of their plant locations. Other manufacturing branches were notified about the incident and encouraged to take proactive steps to integrate effective fall protection into their shipping and loading bays. Although many of the production plants had a fall protection system in place, many workers would avoid using the system because it was either inaccessible or inconvenient. Once the safety manager at the mid-western production plant identified why workers weren’t using the systems, he decided to find a different form of fall protection.

    Prior to using Rigid Lifelines, this facility had been using a self-retracting lanyard (also known as an SRL) that was attached to a single anchorage point for fall protection. Often times, workers who were involved with shipping and receiving would complain that the system was either inaccessible for their location or limited their movement as they were trying to work. Once the safety manager realized that having a single anchorage point was making it difficult for his employees to be effective, he decided to contact the local industrial equipment distributor to learn about new fall protection solutions. By working with the knowledgeable distribution staff, he decided to purchase the newest product from Rigid Lifelines: The Griffin™ Portable Fall Protection system.

    As soon as it was installed in the loading bays, the safety manager noticed an immediate change in employee patterns with wearing and using fall protection. After a mere two months of using the Griffin, the safety manager began hearing about how it’s portability made it easy and quick to have fall protection over equipment that was difficult to access or in an unusual location. The Griffin allowed workers to maneuver around the entire length of a flatbed without repositioning anchorages or influencing the way they performed their tasks.

    The long runway length of the Griffin enables workers to move anywhere on the flatbed while still having their anchorage directly overhead. When the SRL is directly overhead, a worker can virtually eliminate the possibility of experiencing a swing fall. And being able to move the Griffin to practically any location allows workers to have a long span of fall protection almost anywhere. If workers can have a continuous area of coverage, they will be able to reduce the possibility of swing fall, unlike using single anchorage points.

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    Employees love the Griffin because it’s easy to move and easy to use. Either a forklift or pickup truck can transport the Griffin to any location. Leveling components are located in the support base for convenience and efficiency. And the Griffin’s portability is powerful because it allows for seamless integration into unusual areas where employees are working at height. Even without fall protection training, most workers find the Griffin system simple and quick to incorporate into their routine. When fall protection systems are convenient and intuitive like the Griffin, every worker will find it easier to implement a safer workplace attitude.

    How to Avoid a Swing Fall

    Workers are at a much higher risk for having a swing fall when a single anchorage location is used as the attachment point for a deceleration device. The risk for swing fall is higher with single anchorage points because the deceleration device is not able to follow the worker and cannot remain directly above the worker’s head. In order to reduce swing falls, it’s very important that the deceleration device remains at an angle between 0° and 30° from where the worker is standing to where the deceleration device is attached. Being within a 30° angle of an overhead attachment point is critical when it comes to minimizing the potential for a swing fall. Thanks to portable systems like the Griffin, it’s easier than ever for workers to have full fall protection coverage in unusual locations during vehicle maintenance.

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  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid

    First Aid Apps for Smart Phones, Tablets and Mobile devices have been around for tears now - our Favorite is by PhoneFlips, Now the Red Cross has released and App to help you use your Pet First Aid Kits and give proper Pet CPR & First Aid!

    American Red Cross Issues New Pet First Aid App

    Pets are an important part of many families, and a new Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

    The 99 cent Pet First Aid app gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pet’s health and what to do during emergencies.

    image of pet emergency kit and contents Pet Emergency Kits include special needs for Furry Friends in a Disaster.

    “Pet owners need to learn the signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early,” said Deborah C. Mandell, VMD, DACVECC, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, and staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.”

    Owners have access to step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations. Users learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.

    Other features in the app allow pet owners to:

    • Sporting Dog (& Horse and Cat!) First Aid Kits Sporting Dog (& Horse and Cat!) First Aid Kits

      Create a pet profile including tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.

    • Use the list of early warning signs to learn when to call their veterinarian.
    • Use “click-to-call” to contact their veterinarian.
    • Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the “animal hospital locator.”
    • Locate pet-friendly hotels.
    • Test their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can share on their social networks along with their favorite picture of their pet.

    The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans.

    “History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind, and including pets in emergency planning before a disaster occurs helps keep the entire household safe,” Mandell said. Pet owners may also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course so they can practice the skills and receive feedback. People can go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.

    A “Top 5 Features of the Pet First Aid App” is available here. The Red Cross has made great strides in making emergency information available whenever and wherever people need it. The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

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  • Winter Dangers for Seniors

    Seniors have health and safety concerns that may differ from people of other ages. With Additional mobility challenges and lower average core body temperatures, Winter Hazards can be greater each year.

    Winter is an especially important time to keep an eye on seniors to make sure they are living as safely as possible. In addition to cold weather, ice and snow, the winter season can bring health problems and injury to senior citizens. That’s why it’s important for relatives and friends to check in with their older adult family members, friends and neighbors. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Falls are a concern for seniors. Putting road salt, cat litter or sand on sidewalks, steps and driveways will make these areas as slip-free as possible. Seniors should also wear boots with non-skid soles to make a fall less likely to occur. Older adults, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure should leave snow shoveling to others.
    • Cold temperatures make senior citizens susceptible to hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.  Older adults tend to produce less body heat than younger people and it’s hard for them to tell when the temperature is too low. Learn the warning signs of this weather related illness and how to prevent it.
    • Keep indoor temperatures no lower than 55 degrees. If going outdoors is necessary, dress in layers to stay warm. Wearing two or three thin layers of loose-fitting clothing is warmer than a single layer of thick clothing.

    It’s a good idea to check on elderly loved ones regularly or, if you live out of town, make arrangements for neighbors to check in and provide their number to call in an emergency. With your help, older adults can enjoy the winter months safely.First Aid Mart

  • Prescription for Readiness

    Individual and Community Preparedness...

    n an emergency or natural disaster first responders may be overwhelmed trying to respond to an event.  In some instances you may be unable to reach a hospital or clinic. That’s why it’s important to keep medical records, supplies and prescriptions easily accessible and to learn simple first aid techniques.  Creating a “stay healthy” kit will help you keep up with urgent medical needs. The kit should include:

    • A week’s supply of medicines in a plastic bag labeled with each family member’s name;
    • Place special tags on specialized equipment with operating instructions so someone unfamiliar with the item can provide help;
    • First aid supplies such as bandages, aspirin and antiseptic cream; and
    • A list of prescription medications, medical conditions and copies of medical insurance.

    Use the household health information sheet in FEMA’s "RxForReadiness"  guide to fill in medical information for each family member. Make copies of the sheet to keep in your home, car and workplace.Rx_for_Readiness

    If a natural disaster disrupts basic services like water, contagious diseases can spread.  Simple  preventive measures including using alcohol-based hand sanitizer can help you avoid getting or spreading germs.

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  • Winter Storm Intensifying off the East Coast with Bitter Cold Spreading into the Eastern U.S.

    A storm system will strengthen overnight in the Atlantic waters off the East Coast spreading heavy snow and strong wind into coastal sections of New England and the Northeast. Blizzard conditions are possible in eastern Massachusetts. In addition, temperatures across the eastern U.S. will be 10 to 25 degrees below average with bitter wind chills.

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    The weather pattern across the continental U.S. through Thursday will continue to be featured with a strong upper level ridge across the western states and a large scale trough over the eastern half of the country. Over the West Coast and into the Inter-Mountain West, it's like a broken record with very dry weather and above normal temperatures expected to continue. The bright side to this pattern is that there will be bright sunshine and pleasant temperatures for those enjoying outdoor activities. There may be a few showers over parts of Washington state during this time period with some weak shortwave energy passing nearby, but that is about it in the precipitation department.

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    On the East Coast, the biggest snowfall event of the season thus far is wrapping up for the Mid-Atlantic and will persist until early Wednesday for southern New England. The developing surface low responsible for this plethora of snowfall is forecast to develop into a strong ocean storm over the Canadian maritimes. The tightening pressure gradient will result in gusty winds in addition to the snow, thus causing wind chills to plummet. The greatest snowfall is likely for southern New England, where 12 to 18 inches of snow is a distinct possibility! It will definitely look and feel like a winter wonderland.

    Elsewhere across the continental U.S., another cold front will reinforce the bitterly cold weather across the central and northern U.S. for the middle of the week. This will produce scattered snow showers, but given the lack of any significant moisture source, amounts are expected to be light. A few areas of light snow are also possible over the western High Plains nearly a stationary front given upslope flow around an Arctic surface high. D. Hamrick Graphics available at www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/basicwx/basicwx_wbg.phpWinterStorm

  • Why Safety is Essential in the workplace

    Employees have never been looked after so well than they are in today's workplace. With many new legislation and laws in place, employer’s duties to protect employees have steadily increased, over the past few years. But even with this increased protection it is still important for individuals to have an understanding of workplace safety rules and what they entail - as although your employer has a legal duty of care from when you arrive at the workplace to when you leave, you also have an individual responsibility to look after your own safety.

    To help you understand the differing levels and layers of workplace safety your own organisation should have either a 'safety management plan', 'health and safety strategy', 'workplace safety directive' - or a document named by any other connotation of these titles. It is these documents which will show how the safety responsibility cascades down from the Board of Directors to individuals at ground level, showing that everyone has a role to play in managing safety.

    Safety in the workplace is of course there to protect you as an individual and the workforce as a whole. The objective of any safety plans or communications is to ensure all employees are aware of the dangers involved in tasks they have to undertake, and how to minimize any risks. It has been proved that by engaging employees in safety awareness accidents and injuries in the workplace can be dramatically reduced, therefore reducing personal injury, time off work and ultimately leaving the workplace a safer, healthier and happier place to be.

    So what type of jobs are covered by safety in the workplace?
    Many people think this relates solely to heavy manual jobs, engineering work or jobs where there are immediate and obvious dangers. But in reality safety in the workplace relates to ANY job - for example if you are office based and at a desk for most of your working day then you may have been privy to a 'workstation assessment' - having your monitor checked and your sitting position analysed - if so you may be surprised to learn that these actions are indeed part of an organisations safety plans. These checks and measures are carried out to ensure you are advised well on your own working circumstance so any related risks can be minimized or avoided -in this instance back and neck pain or eye strain.

    Maybe you spend time outside during your working day and have been issued waterproofs, hi-vis clothing and safety boots, if so then this is also part of the overall safety plan for the organisation. Your safety and well being are being considered as you are kept protected from the natural elements to ensure you are physically comfortable and safe whilst completing your tasks.

    Of course there are tasks which are more dangerous and unfortunately have the potential to lead to serious injury but safety in the workplace is there to protect everyone at all levels within an organisation not solely the roles facing obvious dangers. Safety is of course important from the employers perspective - as an economic tool, minimizing any accidents will reduce time off work, loss of productivity and decreased earnings. However it is hoped that for the most genuine organisations the moral reasons of implementing workplace safety processes will outweigh these economic ones .

    Author Bio: Vivienne Ollis - Journalist & Copywriter for www.essexinsulation.co.uk

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