Exposure to chemicals or other hazardous materials in the workplace can lead to a variety of short and long-term health effects that put employees at risk of common disorders and life threatening illnesses.
In the early days of the American Industrial Revolution, employers neither took the proper precautions to protect work crews nor kept track of workplace deaths and injuries. After decades of unregulated workplace hazards, the government established The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1971.
Workplaces that take an environmentally-friendly approach to their business are not only saving on operating costs, they are also attracting Millennial workers and customers. On the flip side, organizations that dismiss opportunities to become eco-friendlier are increasingly under fire from employees, customers, journalists, and even lawmakers. Additionally, there are many local, state, and federal incentives for choosing eco-friendly products.
When consumers are looking for a way to contribute positively to the environment, buying eco-friendly products is a great choice. Eco-friendly products use fewer resources and have sustainable components, meaning that they have less of an impact on the environment than their non-eco-friendly competitors.
While workplace injuries are down by 68 percent since the 1970s according to OSHA, there is still a long way to go toward the goal of eliminating workplace injuries entirely. In 2017, 5,147 American workers died on the job. Over 20 percent of those deaths were in the construction industry.
The business world can be highly competitive. Some business owners may not feel that giving back to the community is worthwhile because it does not positively impact their bottom line. This shortsighted view ignores some realities of doing business. US Standard Products shares the reasons why businesses should consider giving back to their community and explains how businesses of all sizes can take the time to make a difference, benefiting themselves as well as enriching the community.
For workplaces to stay in safety compliance, training must be provided so that all employees use safety equipment properly. If these products are misused, there will be an increased risk to all employees in the business. Workplace productivity will be lost, and the cost of retraining and replacing employees is high.
Workplace injuries and illnesses can take a severe toll on the profitability and performance of companies both large and small. Companies in high population areas like Chelsea are especially vulnerable to these losses. In New York State in 2017, there were 203,100 recordable cases of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. These problems affected up to 2.8 percent of all employees, including state and local government. This figure is down by 0.7 percent since 2007, but more work is necessary to reduce the incidence of workplace-related injuries.
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.
Employees should be equipped with rain-resistant gear from head-to-toe, including a hood or hat, gloves, and boots. Having an overlap between the pants and coat (or a one-piece body suit) is recommended for labor-intensive jobs where water is more likely to seep through the gaps. Often, rainwear is equipped with snaps, zippers, elastic bands or detachable components to ensure water doesn’t slip through the cracks. Boots and leggings should also have a similar overlap.
Considering how rainstorms can dramatically reduce visibility, it’s important to wear clothing that’s highly visible in order to minimize the chance of an accident. This is especially true for industries that work with heavy machinery, at high altitudes, or with potential health hazards.
WATERPROOF, WINDPROOF, AND BREATHABLE
Water resistance is one thing, but
protective rainwear should be “waterproof” to ensure it can stand up to
prolonged precipitation. Gear that is “water-resistant” can typically only
handle moderate rain for a short period of time, so look out for these terms
Rainstorms can also bring about heavy winds,
so rainwear should also be windproof and offer protection from reasonably high
Another factor to consider is breathability. No one wants to work long hours in a wearable sauna, so look for qualities such as “breathable” or “ventilated” when searching for rainwear. This type of gear allows sweat vapor to exit the rainwear’s shell, allowing the body to remain at a reasonable temperature.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), does
not set specific guidelines for working in the rain. However, there are many
rain-related state laws and guidelines for specific industries (such as
construction or logging), and storms accompanied by lightning or heavy wind can
halt operations if workers are not adequately protected.
While there may not be federal guidelines requiring employers to provide rainwear, it can be downright dangerous if employees are not properly equipped for inclement weather. When it comes to productivity, it’s unlikely that employees will be working at peak performance if they’re shivering in cold, damp clothes. Furthermore, the adverse health effects of working long hours in the rain can be problematic, both for employees and safety regulators. Especially in the early spring or late fall, prolonged exposure to rain and chilly temperatures can cause cold stress, frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot and other ailments.
CONTACT US STANDARD PRODUCTS FOR ALL RAIN GEAR NEEDS
For affordable rainwear that offers all of the qualities listed above, check out the US Standard Products catalog. We offer more than a dozen different lines of durable, protective rainwear for all sorts of different applications, all available in an array of sizes and colors.
Whether you’re in need of full rain-resistant suits or just individual articles of clothing for modest projects, contact us for high-quality, cost-effective rainwear that is sure to protect your team from whatever Mother Nature has in store.
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.
Create a Hazard Reporting System
Property managers aren’t typically on-site at all times. To ensure that all potential dangers are noted and addressed, we recommend implementing a hazard reporting system. Whether you provide a comment box in the main lobby, or set up an online ticketing system, by offering workers the opportunity to share what they see, you’ll be able to maximize your awareness of potential problems and minimize the danger to tenants.
Keep Parking Lots and Sidewalks Clear
To keep your walkways clear of snow and ice in
the winter months, don’t forget the importance of using ice melt. Even as the ground begins
to thaw, you’ll need to be on the lookout for cracking pavement, potholes, and
other structural issues that could pose a trip hazard. Year-round, be sure
you’re regularly monitoring the condition of your grounds—patch up any problem
areas, pick up trash, and make sure that traffic markers are clearly visible.
Prevent Indoor Falls
Falls are the #1 cause of office injury,
according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In fact, employees are
2.5x more likely to be injured from a fall in an office setting than anywhere
else. Here are a number of tips to prevent falls indoors:
Provide small ladders
or step stools for each office in your building—too often, tenants try to use
dangerous swivel chairs to reach highly-placed items.
Be sure to line any potentially
slippery surfaces, such as building entryways, with a skid-resistant treatment
If your building has
many sharp turns, place mirrors in the corners to help workers avoid
buildings, stairwells are often neglected by cleaning crews. To ensure safety,
make sure they’re consistently swept, and all handrails are in tact.
All trip and slip
hazards—whether an exposed electrical cord, or a freshly mopped floor, should
always be marked in yellow for maximum visibility.
Need new safety supplies and equipment for
your commercial property? US Standard Products is an industrial supplies
distributor based in New Jersey. We provide a wide range of operational and
safety necessities including ice melt, work gloves, and much more.
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