Snowblowers cause several accidents and injuries every year in the United States. Common injuries are lacerations and amputations when an operator attempts to remove snow or blockage from the machine. Another danger is using the machine when it hasn't been properly grounded which results in electric shock to the user.
Here are a few tips on how to use snowblowers and other powered equipment:
- Always ground the equipment before operating or maintaining.
- When cleaning or performing maintenance, remove the machine from any power source and that all safeguards are set.
- If attempting to clear a jam, turn...
Falls are one of the top reported accidents according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). While the same fall hazards exist during cold weather, additional hazards can appear such as ice or snow.
To prevent the likelihood of falls in cold weather, snow should be removed and deicer applied to walking areas as soon as possible. In addition to snow and ice removal, employees should be instructed on the proper equipment and footwear when working in snowy conditions.
Employees should also be encouraged to walk slower and take smaller steps to improve balance and reduce the...
An author over at EHS Today posted an article titled "OSHA, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll: A musical Soundtrack to OSHA's New Drug Testing and Anti-Retaliation Rule." The article was posted as a way to help employers remember their new responsibilities as it begins to be enforce. We've complied a YouTube playlist of songs that the author Travis Vance put together in his article. We strongly recommend giving his writing a read while listening to some great songs.
The new rule has been altered and the release date changed several times. There has been a lot of...
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is a large federal organization and it can be hard to know who to contact and when. Often times the best practice will be to contact your local OSHA office and they will be able to assist you with whatever you need.
If you need to contact a specific person, you can view the full list of the OSHA Office Directory.
Whether you hire cleaners for your workplace or do it in house, everyone responsible should know the safe practices for using cleaning chemicals. There are many dangers to using cleaning chemicals which include but are not limited to, coughing, rashes, eye and skin burns, and sore throat.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends using a poster to remind anyone who will be cleaning what they should do with any chemicals they will be using.
We recommend printing the Cleaning Chemicals & Your Health poster on sturdy paper or laminating for best...