Only One Pair: Protect Workers’ Eyes on the Job

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As an employer, you need to promote and enforce the use of eye protection when it is necessary. Educate your workers about the importance of eye protection so they will automatically reach for it before they put their eye health at risk.

Safety glasses provide good protection. They provide even better protection if they properly fit and cared for.

CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) offers these suggestions regarding the fit and care of your safety glasses.

  • Ensure safety glasses fit properly and are individually assigned and fitted.
  • Wear safety glasses so temples fit comfortably over the ears. The frame should be as close to the face as possible and adequately supported by the bridge of the nose.
  • Clean safety glasses daily and avoid activities that can scratch lenses.
  • Store safety glasses in a clean, dry place to protect them from damage. Keep them in a case when they’re not being worn.
  • Replace safety glasses if they are scratched, pitted, broken, bent or ill-fitting.
  • Replace damaged parts with identical parts from the original manufacturer.

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 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.

Avoid the Sting: Keep Workers Safe from Insects

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There are many hazards that outdoor workers face during the summer months. In addition to those hazards related to the heat and extremely hot weather, workers also have to deal with insects that can inflict harm.

Stinging insects, such as bumble bees, wasps and hornets, can cause just temporary injury most of the time. But sometimes, insect stings can be serious.

Oftentimes, a sting can cause pain, swelling, itching and redness where the sting has occurred, according to CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety). Typically, if a mild allergic reaction occurs, it lasts a few days.

There is the possibility of a more severe reaction, which can cause anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock). Symptoms include hives, itching and swelling in areas other than the sting site; swollen eyes and eyelids; and wheezing. Shock and cardiac arrest are among many other additional symptoms.

CCOHS suggests not working in an area where these insects are seen. But if you must, follow these tips before beginning work in that location.

  • Check for signs of activity or a hive or nest. If you see a number of insects flying around, check to see if they are entering/exiting from the same place. If so, it is probably a nest or food source.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and closed-toed boots or shoes. Tape pant legs to boots/socks, and sleeves to your gloves. Consider wearing an extra layer of clothing.
  • Power tools (lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws) aggravate insects. Be aware that tools can provoke insects and cause them to swarm.

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.

Safety News You Can Use

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A social media campaign has launched in Ontario to help educate young workers about workplace safety.

Parachute has introduced #Safe4Life, where young workers can have a conversation about workplace safety concerns. The launch comes at a busy time in the workplace for young workers, who are working at their summer jobs.

Worker Suffers Hand Injury; Company Fined

A worker’s hand was permanently injured after it was pulled into machinery. As a result, a manufacturing company was fined $110,000 for the incident.

The worker attempted to remove a piece of grip tape on a powered roller and the worker’s hand was pulled into the pinch point. This occurred when the machine was running.

The manufacturer failed to ensure the machine had a guard in place to protect workers.

Learn more here.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.