Archives for February 2016

Let Seton Help You Customize Your Safety Message

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Do you have a specific workplace hazard that you need to identify? Do you have a unique safety message that you need to communicate to workers, as well as visitors, in your facility? Let Seton help you create a customized product that will meet your exact needs and specifications.

From signs, tags, labels and more, Seton can personalize your safety product to make your safety message as effective and relevant as it needs to be.

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Working Alone: How to Keep Lone Workers Safe on the Job

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When a person is alone at work, he or she is working in an area where they can’t be seen or heard by anyone else. Depending on the type of work a person does, this can sometimes be dangerous.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) identifies heights, confined spaces and electricity as sources/areas in which working alone can be hazardous.

If any of your workers are alone in potentially hazardous locations, there are many things you can do to help ensure they are safe on the job. CCOHS offers these suggestions:

  • Assess the hazards of your workplace.
  • Talk to employees about their work to help uncover solutions.
  • Investigate incidents at your workplace and learn from incidents at other workplaces.
  • Avoid having a lone worker whenever possible.
  • Take corrective action to prevent the risks of working alone.
  • Provide appropriate training.
  • Report all situations, incidents or ‘’near misses” where being alone increased the severity of the situation.
  • Establish a check-in procedure.
  • Schedule higher risk tasks to be done during normal business hours or when another worker is present.

Do you have policies in place to help protect any of your workers who are alone on the job? What more do you think you can do to protect them from hazards?

Avoid Serious Illness: Protecting Your Workers from Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos, which was once used for insulating buildings and for fireproofing, can be hazardous to workers’ health. It can cause cancer and other diseases.

Workers can be exposed to asbestos when buildings are being renovated or demolished. Asbestos fibres can be released in the air in many ways, such as when insulation containing asbestos is disturbed or removed, and when they are sanding or disturbing plaster that contains asbestos.

Workers in maintenance and construction should learn if asbestos is present on their work site and consult with a qualified asbestos removal specialist.

It’s important, when working with materials that could contain asbestos, that workers avoid creating dust from scraping, brushing, rubbing and cutting.

Asbestos removal specialists should be brought in to remove any asbestos that is identified during renovation projects. Workers should not disturb asbestos themselves.

Have you ever worked in a job site where asbestos was present? How did you ensure workers weren’t exposed to the asbestos? Have you trained your workers to know what to do if they uncover asbestos at a job site?

Healthy Workers: Ensuring a Healthy Mind

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How much focus do you put on the mental health of your workers? If your answer is “not much,” you may want to reconsider. After all, a happy and healthy worker is a productive worker.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) defines a psychologically safe and healthy workplace as one that “promotes workers’ mental well-being and does not harm employee mental health through negligent, reckless or intentional ways.”

To create that psychologically safe workplace, CCOHS suggests implementing a Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety (CWHS) Program. Such a program includes activities, initiatives and policies that will help improve or maintain the health and well-being of a company’s workforce.

There are many benefits of a CWHS, including employee engagement, employee retention and productivity.

In addition to creating a CWHS, employers can also promote good mental health with these strategies:

  • Encourage active employee participation and decision making.
  • Clearly define employees’ duties and responsibilities.
  • Promote work-life balance.
  • Encourage respectful and non-derogatory behaviours.
  • Manage workloads.
  • Allow continuous learning.
  • Have conflict resolution practices in place.
  • Recognize employees’ contributions effectively.

How valuable do you think a CWHS program would be for your company? What other strategies do you feel could be helpful in promoting good mental health in your workforce?

Count on Seton to help you create a safe workplace too. 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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Transport Canada has ordered a Canadian railway company to change its freight-train lineups and fatigue-management practices to reduce the risk of worker fatigue.

According to media reports, the railway was not in compliance with the Work/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees.

To learn more, click here.

Lumber Yard Had Many Safety Violations Before Worker Deaths

After two workers died at a lumber yard, it was discovered that the employer had been cited for occupational health and safety violations during the previous 2 ½ years.

The workers in this latest incident were killed after a pile of lumber fell on them.

Among the employer’s previous violations are operating an unsafe loading dock, an under-qualified forklift operator and a lack of high-visibility clothing in hazardous areas.

Read more here.