Workplace Safety

It’s National Safety Month! Week 5 Theme: Manual Material Handling Safety

We’re wrapping up the last week of safety month with manual material handling safety.

There are several risks posed by manual material handling. The most common reported injuries involve strains and sprains, while the most frequent injuries occur to the back, hips, neck, shoulders, and knees.

The first thing to consider with manual material handling is where the object is initially picked up and then set down. The ideal safe height to lift an object is between a person’s waistline and shoulders, within one foot of their body. If you are required to do a lot of bending down to lift or lift above your head, that could cause serious strain to the body and potentially cause injury. (more…)

It’s National Safety Month! Week 3 Theme: Forklift Safety

We’re focusing on forklift-related injuries during the third week of safety month. Across the country, forklift-related injuries take eight more days away from work than other types of injuries. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study in the U.S. determined about 25% of all forklift-related injuries are related to inadequate training. (more…)

It’s National Safety Month! Week 1 Theme – Office Safety

June is National Safety Month, and what better way to kick off the celebration than with a few workplace safety tips? Today we will focus on office environment safety and what to look out for.

Office Injuries Can Have a Huge Impact

Office safety is an important issue. We do not frequently hear of incidents because they are typically minor, but some specific dangers in this environment lead to severe injuries.

People often first think of workstation ergonomics when considering safety in the office. In in-office environments, companies should provide the tools to ensure workers maintain good ergonomic positioning when at their workstations. (more…)

Preventing and Defusing Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can strike at any time, from a co-worker, stranger, customer, client, or personal relationship. Threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behavior are all examples of workplace violence.

You have the right to work in a safe environment, and we want to assist you in achieving that goal. Here are some tips on how to avoid and defuse violence in the workplace.

Prevention Tips:

  • Be familiar with your company’s emergency communication plan as well as how to contact local authorities.
  • If you think of how someone could enter your building, and if there is more than one entrance to your office, think about only having one entrance in use. Keep all other doors locked from the outside to control traffic.
  • If you use an ID card key or security code to access your building or office, make sure you are not sharing it with others. It’s good practice not to allow piggybacking into the workplace. In other words, every employee should use their own card key for access. This not only controls who gets into the workplace, but it can also account for who is in the workplace if a crisis occurs.

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