Archives for November 2015

Hands Down: Hand Safety Tips You Need to Know

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There are many workplace hazards that can lead to hand injuries in the workplace. From mechanical or chemical hazards to fractures and cuts, there are many hand hazards that workers need to protect themselves against.

Here are some basic tips from the Government of Canada Labour Program:

  • Hands must be protected against the hazards of the particular job.
  • Gloves should not be worm around machines with moving parts that could catch them and pull the hands into danger areas (such as machines with pulleys).
  • Protective sleeves should be long enough to leave no gap between the gloves and the sleeves.
  • Do not wear gloves with metal parts when working near electrical equipment.

The Labour Program also suggests implementing a hand protection program, which requires the following: team effort; safety training; observance of safety rules and proper work practices; first aid training; hazard recognition; safe tools and equipment; adequate hand protection; and a safe work place.

What do you do to ensure the hand safety of your workers? Do you require that your workers wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE)? Do you provide hand safety training? What more can you do to provide a safe work environment for your workers?

How to Make a Workplace Safe: Your Safety Inspection Checklist

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One way to identify hazards and ensure your workplace is safe is to conduct workplace safety inspections.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), health and safety committee members are the best enabled to conduct these safety inspections. Members of the inspection team should also have knowledge of regulations and procedures, knowledge of potential hazards and experience with the work procedures involved.

How often should you conduct a workplace safety inspection? The answer will vary from workplace to workplace. These are some factors that will determine how often you should conduct your safety inspection:

  • The frequency of planned formal inspections may be set in your legislation
  • Past accident/incident records
  • Number and size of different work operations
  • Type of equipment and work processes. Those that are hazardous or potentially hazardous may require more regular inspections.
  • Number of shifts. The activity of every shift may vary
  • New Processes or machinery

The hazards that are identified should be assigned a priority level for getting them remedied (such as Major requiring immediate action, Serious requiring short-term action and Minor requiring long-term action).

Regular safety inspections can only help make your workplace safer in the long run. Do you already conduct regular inspections or is this something you need to start?

Need help getting started? Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and we can help answer any safety product questions you may have.

Addressing Workplace Hazards: Managing Stress on the Job

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Workplace stress is a workplace hazard. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, it’s important to recognize signs of stress because it can be connected to infectious diseases and cardiovascular problems, as well as back pain, repetitive strain injuries and cancer.

Do you know how to identify the signs of stress in your workers? They include changes in eating habits (weight loss or gain), an increased use of alcohol, poor performance, frequent absences and increased conflict between employees.

As an employer, there are many things you can to help your workers alleviate their stress. Here are some suggestions from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business:

  • Sick leave
  • Reassignment
  • Re-bundling of tasks to provide meaningful work
  • Special equipment or revised expectations
  • Changes to workplace process or procedure
  • Flexible hours
  • Offer EAP (Employment Assistance Program)

What are some things you have done to help reduce workers’ stress? Is there anything else you feel can be done?

Count on Seton to help you create a safe workplace. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and we can help answer any safety product questions you may have.

Safety News You Can Use

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A construction company was fined $50,000 when two temporary workers were injured after steel sheets fell on them.

Three workers were moving the cart that contained sheets of 18-gauge steel that were not secured to the cart. The sheets weighed a total of 2,050 pounds. As the cart moved over an electrical extension cord on the floor, the load shifted. It fell on two of the workers, who suffered broken bones.

To learn more, click here.

Ontario Launches Compliance Audits

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is conducting audits of retail companies this fall. The goal is ensure that workplaces are following accessible practices when recruiting and supporting workers with disabilities.

The Ministry will work to ensure that these retailers, with 500 or more employees, are following Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements.

For more information, read more here.