Archives for June 2016

Protect Your Workers During Summer Shutdowns

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During the summer months, many manufacturing companies take a break that is referred to as a summer shutdown.

Summer shutdowns give these companies the opportunity to conduct much needed maintenance and repairs on equipment. By reserving maintenance activities during the shutdown, they can help ensure productivity in the workplace the rest of the year. Sometimes, old equipment is replaced during summer shutdowns.

Companies that conduct summer shutdowns are getting ready for them right now. If your company conducts summer shutdowns, how prepared are you?

Do you have all of the safety supplies you need to ensure equipment and machinery repair work is done without causing any worker injuries?

Before the shutdown begins, make sure you have enough lockout tags to effectively communicate to workers which equipment workers should not try to operate while it’s being serviced.  A complete lockout/tagout program is an effective way to keep workers safe during summer shutdowns and throughout the rest of the year.

Do you have safety signs and safety labels that also provide workers with relevant instructions? Keep workers safe by clearly informing them of potential hazards at the source.

Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is also important to provide during your summer shutdown. From eye protection to hand protection, make sure your workers are protected from safety hazards.

Give Seton a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and let us help you get ready for your summer shutdown. We can answer any safety questions you have.

The Heat is On: Protect Your Workers from the Summer Sun

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With the official start of summer, workers need to begin to take extra precautions when working in the summer heat.

With heat stress and heat exposure strong possibilities this time of year, workers have to be aware of these risks and how to prevent them.

Heat exposure can cause many different illnesses, such as heat edema, heat rashes, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat syncope and heat stroke. The most serious of these illnesses is heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: nausea or irritability; dizziness; muscle cramps or weakness; feeling faint; headache; fatigue; thirst; heavy sweating and high body temperature.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) suggests the following treatment for heat exhaustion:

  • Provide medical care to affected worker.
  • Move worker to a cooler, shaded area.
  • Remove as much clothing as possible (including shoes and socks).
  • Apply cool, wet cloths or ice to head, face or neck. Spray with cool water.
  • Provide worker with water, clear juice and a sports drink

Heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke are hot, dry skin or profuse sweating; confusion; loss of consciousness; seizures; and a very high body temperature.

The treatment of heat stroke is similar to the treatment for heat exhaustion. However, it is not recommended to force a worker suffering from heat stroke to drink liquids. Also, it’s important to call 911 immediately if you feel a worker does have heat stroke.

Make sure your workers know how to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and understand how important it is to get help quickly.

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit http://www.seton.ca and we can help you select the safety products you need.

Summer Jobs: How Ontario is Protecting Young Workers

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As summer begins, so do the careers of many young workers who are entering the workforce for the very first time.

Inexperienced workers, including young workers, are at a greater risk of injury on the job. In response to that risk, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some new initiatives designed to protect young workers.

Those initiatives are:

  • Launch of two province-wide inspection blitzes on health and safety and employment standards.
  • Promotion of “It’s Your Job,” a province-wide online video contest that encourages young workers to voice their views on workplace rights.
  • Support of “Bring Safety Home,” a workplace safety and prevention services program that focuses on parents and networks of young workers.
  • Support #safe4life, a digital media campaign run by Parachute Canada.

These strategies to keep young workers safe are part of a larger Safe At Work Ontario initiative created to help prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit http://www.seton.ca and we can help you select the safety products you need.

Safe Movement: Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Repetitive work, monotonous tasks, even some work postures and movements can cause musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), a body position that is maintained for a long period of time can lead to discomfort and fatigue. Some illnesses associated with WMSDs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome and tension neck syndrome.

Specific types of tasks that can lead to WMSDs include fixed or constrained body positions; continual repetition of movements; force concentrated on small parts of the body, such as the hand or wrist; or a pace of work that does not allow sufficient recovery between movements.

CCOHS outlines the symptoms of WMSDs as follows:

Early stage: Aching and tiredness of the affected limb occur during the work shift but disappear at night and during days off work. No reduction of work performance.

Intermediate stage: Aching and tiredness occur early in the work shift and persist at night. Reduced capacity for repetitive work.

Late stage: Aching, fatigue, and weakness persist at rest. Inability to sleep and to perform light duties.

There are four main treatments for WMSDs: restriction of movement; application of heat or cold; exercise; and medication and surgery.

When possible, avoid repetitive tasks is a good idea. If that is not possible, adjusting work practices to lessen the effects is an option. Work together with your employees to keep them as safe and healthy as possible.

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and we can help you select the safety products you need.

 

 

 

Safety News You Can Use

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Ontario is conducting safety blitzes that are scheduled to run through July 15, 2016. These blitzes will focus on fall hazards. Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit construction, industrial and mining sites, specifically low-rise and high-rise new build and renovation projects, as well as retail, restaurants and other businesses. Mines and mining plants will also be inspected.

Inspectors will look at a variety of things on the job site, and will make sure employers have proper safeguards in place to protect workers from fall hazards.

Learn more here.

Retailer Fined for Tripping Hazard

A retailer was fined $60,000 after a tripping hazard injured a worker. The worker was off-loading a pallet of paper when the incident occurred.

The worker, walking backward, tripped on an empty pallet and fell. The worker mentioned injuries to a hand and the head, and died in a hospital two weeks later.

To read more, click here.

Worker Injures Hand; Employer Fined

A paper mill operator was fined $55,000 after a worker’s hand was injured on the job.

The worker was operating a winder of a paper machine as one of the worker’s hands was placed on the top of a gate bracket. When a transfer table was automatically raised, the worker’s finger, which was between the locking pin bracket of the gate and the transfer table bracket, was injured.

It was found that there was no guard preventing access to the pinch point.

Read more here.