Safe on the Road: Establish a Road Safety Program

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Whether your employees use their own vehicle or a company vehicle to get to work, you want everyone to practice safe driving so they arrive safely every day, and safely return home as well.

Having safe driving policies in place for your employees makes them aware of what they need to do to stay safe on the road.

Road Safety at Work provides these 10 steps to a Road Safety Program:

  • Understand your responsibilities for employees who drive for work.
  • Establish management commitment.
  • Engage and communicate with employees.
  • Identify driving related hazards, evaluate risks and define safety measures: driver, vehicle and journey.
  • Develop road safety policies and safe work procedures.
  • Establish driver selection criteria and a regular driver-review process.
  • Adopt rigorous vehicle selection, inspection and maintenance processes.
  • Adopt an incident-management process and make sure incidents are effectively reported, investigated and followed up.
  • Establish how you will deliver, monitor and administer your road safety program.
  • Regularly evaluate program effectiveness and make improvements.

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.

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.

 

Get Ready: Be Prepared for Spring and Summer Weather Hazards

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We all look forward to the spring and summer months and the nice weather this time of year brings.

But, in addition to the warmer temperatures and sunshine, many of us have to also expect some unsettled—and sometimes dangerous—weather.

Among the spring and summer weather hazards are thunderstorms, tornados and flooding.

Here are some tips for how to stay safe during these weather events:

Lightning Safety

  • Find shelter when you hear thunder. If you hear it, you’re at risk for a lightning strike.
  • Once indoor shelter is found, avoid objects that conduct electricity, such as electrical appliances and equipment, doors and windows.
  • If you are stranded outside, avoid standing near tall objects or anything made of metal. And avoid open water.

Tornado Safety

  • Find shelter at the first sign of a tornado. The best shelter is in the lower level of a sturdy building.
  • If you are stranded outdoors, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other low lying area and shield your head with your arms.
  • Close all building doors and windows.

Hail Safety

  • Find shelter in a solid building and avoid windows, glass doors or skylights.
  • Watch for flooding since hail and clog storm drains and cause local flooding.

Do you and your workers know what to do when severe weather strikes during the spring and summer months? If not, now is the time to develop a plan of action.

Looking for a place to start? Think about safety signage that will keep your workers safe in the event of an emergency, whether that emergency is weather-related or not. Seton offers a full selection of evacuation signs that can effectively direct your workers to safety.

If you need help building your emergency kit, look to Seton for complete first aid kits and supplies for your facility. Do all of your preparation now, before severe weather arrives.

A Safety Checklist: Keep Your Workers Safe

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Do you need a little help ensuring that your workers stay safe on the job?

The Ministry of Labour has released a checklist designed to help employers ensure they follow Ontario’s health and safety requirements. The checklist also contains questions that employers can use to determine their success in complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The checklist is comprised of four areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities: Help employers and workers understand their responsibilities in the workplace.
  • Reporting and records management: Help employers understand reporting requirements when there is a workplace incident, such as an injury.
  • Hazards in the workplace: Ensure procedures are in place to control hazards.
  • Training: Ensure all workers complete mandatory health and safety awareness training, including specific training on hazards found in the workplace.

How do you currently keep track of the required health and safety requirements? Do you think having a checklist will keep you more organized? What items will your checklist contain?

If you want to start with training, Seton has what you need to provide your workers with the knowledge and processes they need to keep their workplaces safe and secure.

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.

Electrical Safety in the Workplace: Protect Your Workers from Hazards

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If your workers deal with electricity on the job, they could be at risk for an injury or worse every day. They need to know those risks. And it’s important to ensure that workers understand how to work safely with or near electricity, and that they understand the risks involved. The main types of electrical injuries they can suffer include electrocution, electric shock, burns and falls.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers the following tips for staying safe when working with or near electricity:

  • Inspect portable cord-and-plug connected equipment, extension cords, power bars, and electrical fittings for damage or wear before each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Always tape extension cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage extension cords, causing fire and shock hazards.
  • Use extension cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
  • Always use the correct size fuse. Replacing a fuse with one of a larger size can cause excessive currents in the wiring and possibly start a fire.
  • Be aware that unusually warm or hot outlets may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exist. Unplug any cords or extension cords to these outlets and do not use until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring.
  • Always use ladders made with non-conductive side rails when working with or near electricity or power lines.
  • Place halogen lights away from combustible materials, such as cloths or curtains.
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to interrupt an electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
  • Use a portable in-line Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) if you’re not certain that the receptacle you’re plugging an extension cord into is GFCI protected.
  • Make sure that exposed receptacle boxes are made of non-conductive materials.
  • Know where the panel and circuit breakers are located in case of an emergency.
  • Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly.
  • Don’t use outlets or cords with exposed wiring or portable cord-and-plug connected power tools with the guards removed.
  • Don’t block access to panels and circuit breakers or fuse boxes and don’t touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident.

CCOHS has additional electrical safety tips, including those related to working with power tools and power cords here.

Get Ready: Emergency Preparedness Week is Near

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Emergency Preparedness Week is May 1-7. Are you ready?

Emergency Preparedness Week has been recognized every year since 1996, with the goal of encouraging Canadians to take these three steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency:

  • Know the risks: Understand the risks that are unique to your region so you can better prepare for what could happen.
  • Make a plan: This should include the knowledge of safe exits, meeting places, as well as the location of fire extinguishers, water valves, electrical boxes, gas valves and floor drains.
  • Get an emergency kit: This kit should include such items as water, non-perishable foods, manual can opener, wind-up or battery-powered flashlight and radio, first aid kit, medications, copy of emergency plan and contact information.

These are important steps for you and your employees to know for both their personal and professional lives.

What have you done in your workplace to prepare your employees for emergencies? Do you have an emergency plan in place? What else do you think can be done to best prepare everyone in the event there is an emergency during working hours?