How Workplace Safety can be Ensured by Employers

It is important for an employer to create a safe and healthy physical work environment, and for leaders to go beyond their legal obligations to ensure workplace safety. When an employer or their worker is sick or injured at work, it is difficult for both parties, and can be easily avoided with a few important preventative steps. To go over how workplace safety can be ensured by employers, we spoke to US Standard Products to go over everything you need to know.

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The Purpose of Using Safety Equipment

No matter what industry you are in, chances are you use safety equipment in the workplace. Whether it is protective gloves, ear plugs or steel toed shoes, it is easy to forget how far we have come. Safety equipment is used to reduce employee exposure to hazards, which can be anything from wet floors to falling debris. To go over everything you need to know about the purpose of safety equipment and how far we have come in health and safety, we spoke to industry leaders, US Standard Products.

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The Role of Personal Protective Equipment on the Job Site

Personal protective equipment is a necessity in many industrial fields. Commonly known as PPE, personal protective equipment is worn in order to minimize a person’s exposure to serious workplace illnesses and injuries. Chemical, radiological, electrical, mechanical, and physical hazards are examples where personal protective equipment is needed. This equipment could include full body suits, vests, coveralls, respirators, hard hats, earplugs, safety shoes and glasses, and gloves.

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Does your team have protective rain gear?

April showers are here and rain can undoubtedly be a major nuisance for outdoor workplaces. Is your team prepared? Equipping your team with protective rainwear can dramatically boost employee productivity, especially if you’re in an industry that consistently works outdoors. OSHA does not mandate employers to pay for ordinary clothing such as rain coats, but it is highly recommended for employee safety to ensure that projects will be completed on schedule.

Read on to learn the importance of adequate protection from the rain, as well as what qualities to look for in rainwear to ensure your team is properly protected from the weather.

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Quick Checklist for Property Managers

Even though office buildings aren’t typically equipped with heavy machinery, complicated equipment, and dangerous chemicals, there are still a number of hazards that tenants can face. Not only should you act to keep those on your property safe, you also will want to take precautions against a potential lawsuit. But that doesn’t mean that commercial building and property managers are off the hook on the safety front.

Here, we’ve put together a quick checklist to help those in charge of property maintenance keep their buildings, grounds, and tenants safe and sound. You can also find a wide variety of self-inspection jobsite checklists on OSHA’s website when preparing for a new season or project.

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How to Survive a Flu Epidemic

An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza A viruses. Influenza A viruses are constantly changing, making it possible on very rare occasions for non-human influenza viruses to change in such a way that they can infect people easily and spread efficiently from person to person.

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Safety equipment to wear when a hurricane hits

Did you know that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30? The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.” Whether you find yourself in a hurricane, cyclone, flood or typhoon, all of these storms can cause disastrous damage. Continue reading Safety equipment to wear when a hurricane hits

Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Tactics for the Workplace

Earlier this month, seven Kansas Department of Revenue employees were placed on administrative leave after a bed bug infestation was discovered in one of their office buildings. All employees were even required to inspect their homes for bedbugs before returning to work.

Believe it or not, pest infestations in the workplace are more common than you think. In fact, this year in the Central US, 87.1 percent of companies saw an increase in bed bug activity. Continue reading Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Tactics for the Workplace

PPE for Lab Professionals

In a laboratory, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Taking steps to prevent exposure to hazards comes in many forms; establishing a culture of safety, administering regular inspections, and wearing protective gear, just to name a few. Personal protective equipment (PPE) comes in many different forms and varieties; knowing what equipment to wear and when to wear it is half the battle to keeping everyone in a workplace safe. Continue reading PPE for Lab Professionals

Picking Proper Protection: Face Shields

In any workplace, there are a number of hazards that an employee might encounter and be injured by. Among these threats are several dangers to the eyes and face. But Prevent Blindness America has found that these injuries are some of the most preventable. In recent years, they have identified 86,000 work-related accidents that could have ended with a serious eye injury but were prevented by the proper use of eye protection. While many professionals are actively promoting the use of safety eyewear, civic and manual labor professionals often need the added protection of a face shield. While you should never wear a face shield by itself, knowing when to and what kind of face shield to wear for a task is essential when picking out protection for your employees. Continue reading Picking Proper Protection: Face Shields