Feeling Okay? Learn More About Occupational Diseases

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The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) defines occupational illness as a condition that results from exposure in a workplace to a physical, chemical, or biological agent to the extent that the normal physiological mechanisms are affected. Not to be confused with occupational injuries, which are the result of a trauma, an occupational disease is a chronic ailment that develops over time. In 2011, occupational diseases contributed to 73% of all allowed Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) fatality claims.

Construction site workers are often at increased risk for infectious disease because of exposure to bacteria and viruses from unsanitary jobsite conditions. In order to help avoid things like Salmonella, E. coli, and Hepatitis A, the Occupational Health and Safety Act mandates that workers must have access to toilets and clean-up facilities. During warmer months especially, Lyme disease is an occupational concern for outdoor workers, namely construction and utility workers, utility arborists, and powerline technicians. Occupational cancer is cancer that is caused wholly or partly by exposure to a carcinogen at work, and the most common types are: lung cancer, bladder cancer and mesothelioma.

Familiarize yourself with the materials being used in your facility and how to work safety with and around them. Also, be alert to symptoms or changes in your health, and keep a list of all the jobs and industries in which you have worked.

Hard Hat Labels: Underdogs in this Hard Hat World

Hard Hat LabelsA hard hat is one of the most important and recognizable items of personal protective equipment in the industrial workplace. Hard hats play a big role in protecting your head from serious injuries that may be brought about by impact from falling objects, blunt, sharp and abrasive surfaces, or a fall.

Safety hard hat labels help to identify and motivate workers by displaying safety messages and company safety records. A hard hat decal usually contains information on the wearers’ milestones and awards, the type of safety training they’ve received, team affiliations, and even their job position. Lastly, it serves as an easy way to identify the wearer in an emergency.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend much to get your hard hats labelled, and Seton offers a wide range of safety hat labels for your specific needs. Choose from First Aid, CPR Certified, Authorized Forklift Operator, GHS Safety Trained Labels, and many more! Shop our Hard Hat Labels-On-A-Roll now and get 40% off. 600x360as

If you have a specific label in mind and can’t find it, then check out our custom hard hat labels. With our easy-to-use Design Your Own tool, you can create your own safety label with the exact font, colours, size, material and wording that you want! 

Don’t underestimate the value that hard hat labels bring to the table. They may seem like standard items for decorating hard hats and caps, but they are serious PPE tools that could mean the difference between life and death.

4 Basic Construction Safety Must Do’s

Construction Site Safety

The construction industry, more than any other industry, has the highest rate of work-related injuries in Canada; specifically, 24.5 per 1,000 workers, according to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) 2008 statistics. Each year, workers face the many hazards common to construction sites, risking their health and even their lives for their jobs.

Employers and contractors face delays and additional costs each time an accident occurs. These are reasons why construction site safety is crucial in preventing accidents from happening in the first place.

A well thought-out construction safety program can go a long way in minimizing, if not eliminating completely, the occurrence of workplace injuries. Here are some general tips for making your construction site a safer place to work.

Safety training for construction workers

Knowledge is power. It’s essential for every worker to go through a safety training program to learn the basics of construction site safety. While every construction site is different, some general principles of safety should be observed. Specialized jobs such as welding, machine operations, and others will need specialized training geared towards safety practices for these types of work.

Training is especially critical for new and young workers. Most of the time, these workers that are hired per project and have no experience working in a construction site. Going through safety videos and demos will give them, at least, an idea of what to expect and the correct practices that promote safety in a jobsite.

Personal Protective Equipment

The employer or contractor is obligated to provide reliable PPE or Personal Protective Equipment for their workers. Hard hats, safety glasses, and proper work clothes should be mandatory in every site. Management should be open to workers’ request for PPE and regular safety inspection should be implemented.

Specialized jobs need specialized PPE. If the worker is working at great heights, they would need safety harnesses and lanyards. Welders should have safety gloves and a face shield designed for welders. Workers working with jack hammers and other loud equipment should be given ear protection equipment, such as plugs or earmuffs.

Cleaning and organizing work areas

According to a British Columbia construction safety statistic, falls account for majority of the workplace injuries for construction. This number holds true for most of Canada and the US. Slips, trips, and falls are identified as being the most common cause of accidents in construction sites.

It’s unfortunate as these injuries are mostly preventable just by observing simple practices such as organizing tools, equipment, and supplies in their proper storage when not in use. Clearing up work areas of debris and materials will go a long way in promoting safer work areas for construction workers.

Identifying and blocking off hazard areas

Only authorized personnel with the proper training and personal protective equipment should be allowed in hazardous areas such as ledges, confined space areas, scaffolding, etc. Limiting the workers’ access prevents unnecessary accidents especially in sensitive areas where specialized equipment and training is needed for work.

Practical solutions such as installing bold and readable safety signs are necessary for workers to be aware of construction site safety hazards and safety policies being implemented. Installing barriers with highly-visible warning markers discourages unauthorized entry to these hazardous locations.

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