Survey says workers feel ill prepared for workplace emergency

In what appears to be a major disconnect with their supervisors, about one-third of U.S. workers do not feel adequately prepared for a workplace emergency, according to a National Safety Council poll.

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Some 34% of the 2,000 survey responders said that they do not feel well-trained in workplace emergency procedures, including evacuations.

“A disaster can occur at any time, without warning, and workers must be ready to respond,” said John Dony, director of the Campbell Institute and director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability at NSC. “Employers are responsible for ensuring not only a safe work environment, but also the proper training so employees return home every day safe and sound.”

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But in a stark contrast to the worker responses, 75% of managers and supervisors said that their employees are well trained for possible emergencies.

At SCT, we offer training and services to make sure you or your employees are ready for any emergency that could arise. Sign up for our 4-hour CPR/First Aid Training course on November 15. Become Red Cross certified and learn invaluable skills that could help you save a co-worker’s life.

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Our team of Occupational Safety and Health experts can also work with you to develop an Emergency Action Plan for your business that is specifically tailored to the needs of your business. This plan is yours to keep, and we will assist you in rolling out the plan to ensure all of your employees are properly trained to reach above and beyond any OSHA standards.

Send us a message or call us at 1-800-204-1729 to learn how we can make your business a safe and productive place to work.

 

October is Healthy Lung Month

More people die in the United States from lung cancer than any other type of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). October is Healthy Lung Month, so it’s a great time to ensure you’re doing all you can to protect your lungs from harm. At SCT, we offer numerous training courses and other services that will help protect your lungs, even in high-risk work environments.

Two common causes of lung problems in workers are asbestos and silica.

Asbestos can cause numerous lung problems, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, both of which are chronic and often deadly conditions. According to the World Health Organization, more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures. One in three deaths from occupational cancer is caused by asbestos.

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SCT’s Asbestos Awareness training course is required by OSHA for workers who may come into contact with asbestos, but will not disturb it. Our experts will teach you how to work safely in environments with the harmful substance.

SCT also offers a Silica Awareness training course that will get workers up to speed with OSHA’s new silica standard. Breathing in silica dust can cause silicosis, a chronic breathing ailment that has no cure. The new silica standard is designed to curb silicosis, and will prevent an estimated 900 new cases of silicosis each year, according to OSHA.

Both the silica and asbestos awareness classes also come with a respirator fit testing evaluation performed by trained Occupational Health & Safety professionals. A proper-fitting respirator, which is required for about 5 million workers nationwide, can provide life-saving protection against harmful chemicals, dusts, vapors and other hazards in high-risk work environments.

Click here to view our upcoming schedule for Asbestos and Silica Awareness classes.

And as is well known, smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. It’s linked to about 80%-90% of lung cancer cases in the U.S., per the CDC. At SCT, we can help design a Drug Free Workplace Program for your company, and perform regular and random drug testing, including for nicotine.

Contact us today at 1-800-204-1729 to schedule a customized safety training course or learn the many other ways we can help your business become a safe, healthy, and productive place to work.

SCT launches monthly safety training courses

Do you need CPR/First Aid, Asbestos Awareness, Drug Free, Fall Protection, Confined Space, or OSHA 30 training? Then sign up for one of SCT’s newly launched monthly safety training courses!

In order to better serve clients, the safety experts at SCT have devised a monthly training schedule to offer customers a more flexible approach to classes. While we still offer customized safety training courses that are business-specific, we wanted to better serve the needs of those individuals or companies who can’t fill a whole classroom on their own.

One great feature about these monthly safety training courses is the fact that you can register and pay online. All of the courses on this schedule will be hosted at SCT’s Middleburg Heights location at 6993 Pearl Road.

To find our current schedule, click here to view our open courses and register today! Want a class you don’t see on our schedule? Contact us here and tell us what you’d like to see in the future. As we get a better sense of what you–our clients–need we can adapt our schedule to fit your needs.

As always, we can also customize a private safety course specific to your business for your employees. And we can also come to your location with our private courses. Our main goal is to see your employees fully trained to be safe at work. Our business is about saving lives. Whether it’s Silica Awareness, HAZWOPER, Lockout/Tagout, or numerous other safety training courses, SCT has you covered.

Young Workers at Higher Risk of Injuries

Remember landing your first job but feeling overwhelmed and possibly undertrained?

Workers younger than 24 years old made up about 13% of the workforce in 2013, but as a group they have high occupational injury rates.

Young workers are more likely to get injured on the job due to a number of factors, including inexperience, lack of proper safety training, and working in at-risk jobs sites such as restaurants and kitchens. Also, very young workers in middle and high school may have inadequate strength or cognitive abilities to complete jobs safely.

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 375 of these workers died from work-related injuries in 2012, with 29 of those deaths involving workers under the age of 18. Annually, about 795,000 young workers suffer nonfatal work injuries that require hospital treatment.

Plus, the rate of hospital-treated work injuries was about 2 times higher in young workers than in workers over the age of 25, according to NIOSH.

Employers need to ensure that workers of all ages need proper safety training, but special attention might need to be given to younger workers, especially if they are operating motor vehicles. Crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths for workers aged 16 to 24, with 843 workers killed from 2003 to 2010, according to NIOSH.

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The Centers for Disease Control has an informative fact sheet that helps employers follow laws that help protect young drivers at work.

To help combat these high injury rates, NIOSH has developed the Youth@Work: Talking Safety program, which raises awareness among young people about workplace safety and health.

While the free curriculum is available across the country and has been customized for each state, this school year NIOSH partnered with Monongalia County in West Virginia to bring the knowledge to 8th graders even before they start working.

Contact SCT by filling out the contact form below or by calling 1-800-204-1729 today to schedule your workplace safety training. Whether your workers are teens or senior citizens, they all need proper training to ensure they perform their jobs safely and productively.

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