Posts Tagged "workplace safety"

Summer Work Safety Tips for the Outdoor Worker

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in News | 0 comments

It’s so important to take precautions as an outdoor worker during the summer months against sun and heat exposure and bug bites. We are always on the look out to help recommend safer conditions for your company and employees. Here are a few summer safety tips to help you maintain a productive and safe work environment this summer: Safety Under the Sun: Cover up. Wear lightweight, tightly woven clothing that you can’t see through Use sunscreen. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays. Be sure to follow application directions Wear a hat. It should protect your neck, ears, forehead, nose and scalp Wear UV-absorbent shades. Sunglasses should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Before you buy, read the product label Beware of the Heat Factor: During the summer months, the combination of heat and humidity – especially in Houston – can be a serious health threat. Make sure to: Drink plenty of water before you get thirsty Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as dry-fit material Eat smaller meals before work activity Skip the caffeine and soda; drink water instead Be aware that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress Bug and Tick Safety: Take the following precautions to protect yourself from ticks if you work in tall grass or wooded areas. Wear light-colored clothing to see ticks more easily Wear long sleeves and long pants Tuck pant legs into socks or boots Wear high boots or closed shoes that cover your feet completely Wear a hat Use tick repellants, but not on your face Wash and dry your work clothes at high temperatures Examine your body for ticks after work. Remove any attached ticks promptly with a tweezers. In some regions, ticks may transmit Lyme disease. If you get bit and develop a rash, see your doctor. To those who are allergic or get stung multiple times, bee, hornet, yellow jacket and wasp stings can be dangerous. Wear bug repellant Avoid wearing heavy perfumes or scented lotions Check before drinking from cups, bottles or cans. Stinging insects are attracted to sweet drinks You can help mitigate risk at your workplace by following these summer safety...

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Tips for Creating a Safety Management Program

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Did you know that on average there are 89 workplace fatalities per week and that employers pay an estimated $1 billion – yes billion – every week in direct workers compensation costs? This is why it’s a good reason to take workplace safety seriously and to have a safety management program in place. Here are Eight Key Components of a Safety Management Program via Travelers Insurance – one of our partner companies: Demonstrate management involvement – Management must lead by example. A visible demonstration that you embrace a safety culture is imperative to its success. Provide the essential time, budget and resources to create and support a safety program. Communicate your safety plan clearly – Your safety plan must be published and available to all employees. Reminders and updates should be timely and effective. Allow employees to contribute their suggestions to making the workplace safer. Get everyone involved – A safety program is likely to be more effective when employees at all levels are involved. Standardized policies should outline responsibilities and accountability for all employees. Safety goals can become part of job descriptions and employee reviews. Safety committees can help ensure that safety practices are understood and reinforced throughout the company. Positive reinforcement of safe behaviors can be an effective way to help build the desired culture. Train your employees to work safely – Safety training should begin from the moment an employee is hired. Ongoing training is also essential to creating a safety culture. Review, revise, improve – A safety program should be dynamic, especially since most business environments continue to evolve.  An effective safety program should be flexible enough to adjust to changes. Regularly review, evaluate and identify risks that could affect safety, and make the changes necessary to keep your workplace safe. Create safety standards – Each department should set safety standards through a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to make sure every task is done correctly and safely. Recognize good safety performance, and cite and correct unsafe practices. Investigate every incident and accident thoroughly – Properly trained staff with experience in investigation, analysis and evidence collection should conduct an accident analysis as soon as possible after an incident. Report the claim within 24 hours to help ensure prompt response and injury management. Manage every injury – Even with the best safety program, an employee injury can still occur. Planning helps you to react immediately when an employee is injured on the job. Learn about five strategies that can help you put employees on the road back to...

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