Archives for January 2016

Forklift Safety Facts: Preventing Accidents in Your Workplace

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If forklifts are in operation in your facility, it’s imperative that you keep workers using those forklifts safe from injury.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) noted these factors that contribute to forklift accidents:

  • Lack of training or improper training of workers
  • Production factors, such as speed or stress
  • Lack of proper tools, attachments and accessories
  • Improper assignment of forklifts and operators
  • Poor maintenance of forklifts
  • Age of forklifts

Addressing these issues can help make your facility safer when it comes to the use of forklifts. But don’t forget about the people who are working around those forklifts.

It’s also important for employers to put safeguards in place to prevent pedestrian accidents with forklifts.

CCOHS offers many suggestions to help ensure pedestrian safety, such as:

  • Separate the pedestrian and forklift traffic by creating designated walkways or travel ways.
  • Restrict people from entering areas where the forklift is operating.
  • Keep a safe distance from the forklift whenever possible.
  • Ensure the area is well lit and there are no obstructions.
  • Limit forklift travel speed.
  • Do not walk near or under raised forks.

What have you done to ensure forklift safety in your facility? Is there anything else you can do? Have you provided your workers with proper training?

Create a Safe Culture: Preventing Workplace Bullying

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The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) defines workplace bullying as “acts or verbal comments that could ‘mentally’ hurt or isolate a person in the workplace.”

CCOHS notes that, while bullying is a workplace issue, it can sometimes be difficult to identify. Some examples include: excluding or isolating someone socially, intimidating a person, and constantly changing work guidelines.

Bullying can unfortunately create an unhealthy workplace that can have an increase in absenteeism, turnover and stress, as well as decreased productivity, motivation and morale.

One way employers can help is to create a workplace violence prevention program that addressing bullying behavior.

CCOHS offers many suggestions on what a workplace violence prevention program should contain. Some of those include:

  • Define what you mean by workplace bullying (or harassment or violence) in precise, concrete language.
  • State in clear terms your organization’s view toward workplace bullying and its commitment to the prevention of workplace bullying.
  • Outline the process by which preventive measures will be developed.
  • Encourage reporting of all incidents of bullying or other forms of workplace violence.

Have you had to address any incidences of bullying in your workplace? What do you feel is the best way in which to prevent employees from being bullied?

As you work to create a safe workplace for everyone, remember you can count on Seton to help prevent accidents and injuries.  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.

See Clearly: Why You Need Emergency Showers or Eyewash Stations, and Where to Put Them

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Exposure to a hazardous substance can cause serious health problems or worse. That is why emergency showers and eyewash stations are so important. They can quickly and easily remove contaminants from an affected worker.

If you don’t already have an emergency shower or eyewash station and you’re not sure where they should be located in your facility, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has some suggestions.

Emergency showers or eyewash stations should:

  • Be located as close to the hazard as possible.
  • Not be separated by a partition from the hazardous area
  • Be on an unobstructed path between the workstation and the hazard
  • Be located where workers can easily see them (in a normal traffic pattern)
  • Be on the same floor as the hazard and located near an emergency exit
  • Be located in an area where further contamination will not occur
  • Provide a drainage system for the excess water
  • Not come into contact with any electrical equipment that may become a hazard when wet
  • Be protected from freezing when installing emergency equipment outdoors

Don’t forget to also train workers how to use emergency showers and eyewash stations before an emergency occurs.

Do you already have emergency showers or eyewash stations in your facility? How do ensure that workers know where they are and how to use them?

Safety News You Can Use

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A baking company was fined $60,000 after a worker was injured while cleaning an overhead conveyor on a cookie production line.

A Ministry of Labour inspector found that the conveyor wasn’t stopped when the worker was cleaning the line. This violated a safety regulation.

To learn more, read here.

SAFE Work Manitoba Launches Young Worker Injury Prevention Strategy

SAFE Work Manitoba has launched a Young Worker Injury Prevention Strategy that will focus on the almost 5,000 injuries sustained by workers aged 15-24 each year.

The group of stakeholders involved in this initiative includes employers, educators, families and young workers. The program will be implemented over the next three years with the goal of creating safety awareness around keeping young workers safe on the job.

Read more about the strategy here.