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Workplace Fire Safety: 3 Golden Rules

October 7 through the 13 is National Fire Prevention Week, and workplace fire safety statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that fire departments respond to over 3,000 office property fires every year.

The good news: Office fires can be prevented, and fatalities can be avoided, with a bit of education and awareness.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Workplace Fire Safety

  • Maintain working fire extinguishers, AND train your staff on how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Employ a working sprinkler system and smoke detectors.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place!

Sprinklers save the day: If present, sprinklers operate effectively about 90% of the time. In fact, the rate of fatalities per 1,000 fires was about 60% lower in businesses outfitted with sprinklers, as compared to offices and stores without sprinklers. That’s a huge difference!

About a quarter of workplace fires are actually caused by cooking equipment, so do your cooking in a space that’s properly equipped for food preparation. These stats also seem to indicate you should probably leave your hotplate from your college days at home.

 

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Finally, clutter is a big contributor to the start – and spread – of workplace fires. Keeping a neat work space not only helps you look good when clients or your boss from corporate walk through; but a tidy work space goes a long way in terms of workplace fire safety.

Emergency Action Plans: Your Road map to Workplace Fire Safety 

Emergency Action Plans, or EAPs, are plans written in advance to guide you and your organization during an emergency. An EAP typically designates who does what: Who calls 9-1-1? Who leads the building evacuation and takes a head count? And perhaps most importantly: Who is responsible for maintaining and operating the fire extinguishers? While the NFPA actually suggests monthly fire extinguisher inspections, it’s important to remember that even small fires spread fast. So getting out quickly and safely is always priority number one.

SCT frequently lectures on several safety topics including EAPs: Check out a short video outlining EAPs and fire safety below.

 

 

Want help creating an EAP for your company? Give the safety experts at SCT a call at 1-800-204-1729 or contact us via the form below!








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OSHA heat standard would strengthen guidelines

The Department of Labor is being asked to consider establishing an OSHA heat protection standard for U.S. workers. The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is petitioning OSHA on behalf of several organizations and individuals, including former OSHA officials and medical professionals.

The meat of the OSHA heat protection standard concerns setting mandatory break requirements at predetermined heat thresholds, and it includes provisions for access to shade and PPE (link) such as breathable fabrics and cooling vests.

Other OSHA heat standard suggestions include:

  • Heat exposure monitoring
  • Heat acclimation plans
  • Medical monitoring for heat exposure
  • Signage alerting workers to heat stress dangers
  • Instructor-led worker training
  • Better record keeping for heat-related injuries and deaths
  • And, protection for whistleblowers alerting authorities to unsafe conditions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 783 heat-related deaths and more than 69,000 heat-related injuries in the U.S. between 1992 and 2016.

There is no current OSHA heat standard: the General Duty Clause requires a workplace “free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”  OSHA does offer guidelines on preventing workers from suffering heat stroke and other related illnesses.

Heat safety is of critical concern at SCT, where we have jobsites dotting the nation – including several in warmer parts of the country.  At our jobsites in California, where we help tear down and rebuild glass furnaces, for example, heat-related injuries are always top of mind. SCT put together a short educational video to highlight some ways to work safely when the mercury rises. Our YouTube Channel features dozens of useful, high-quality safety videos that will keep your employees engaged and help them stay safe.

Don’t sweat about your workplace safety plan. Contact the OSHA Experts today. Fill out the contact form below and put decades of safety experience on your side.








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Safe and Sound Week 2018: How to Succeed

From August 13 through 19, it’s Safe and Sound Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

Spearheaded by OSHA, Safe and Sound Week encourages any business that cares about the health and safety of its employees to participate.

OSHA has outlined a simple three-step plan to participate in Safe and Sound Week:

  • Select your activities
  • Plan and promote your events
  • Recognize your participation

You should always make time for safety, but if you are in a hurry, check out our video that will help you identify some common hazards during Safe and Sound Week.

Be sure to check out our complete Safety Video Library on our website or on our YouTube Channel. Feel free to use our videos as part of your regular Toolbox Talks!

Ready to take the your safety program to the next level? Contact the OSHA Experts at SCT today!








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N is for Noise Hazards in the Workplace

Can you hear me now? Good!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hearing loss is the most common workplace injury. With more than 20 million U.S. workers exposed to damaging noise at work each year, noise hazards are present in almost every workplace.

Our experts at SCT can create a comprehensive workplace safety plan designed to eliminate noise hazards and other safety risks at your workplace.

Make sure your volume is set to a safe level and watch our newest ABCs of Safety video to learn the best ways to protect workers from noise hazards. Then head over to www.sctsupply.com and check out our wide variety of hearing protection products from dozens of the top brands in the safety industry.

Need to solve complex noise hazard issues at your workplace? Ensure your safety program is OSHA compliant and contact the experts at SCT today!








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Lyme disease, other pest-born diseases increase in Ohio & nationwide

Outdoor workers should always follow proper safety practices to avoid insect bites, but even more so as disease cases have increased rapidly during the last decade.

In Ohio, SCT’s home state, Lyme Disease cases increased from 45 human cases in 2008 to 270 cases in 2017, according to a Cleveland.com report. Lyme Disease, which can be spread by blacklegged ticks, causes muscle stiffness, extreme fatigue and joint pain.

An additional report from the Centers from Disease Control found that Ohio reported 1,358 disease cases from ticks from 2004 to 2016. Nationwide, diseases from  mosquitoes, ticks and fleas have tripled in the past 13 years, with more than 96,000 cases in 2016.

Source: CDC

If you find a tick that is attached to your skin, it’s important to remove it as quickly as possible to limit the chance for disease to transmit.

The CDC gives a quick set of instructions for how to quickly remove a tick.

  • Use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist the tick, which can cause the mouth of the insect to break off and remain attached to the skin.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  • Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed container, or flushing it down the toilet.

As the weather improves and more workers head outdoors, it’s important to be aware of the potential hazards that workers can face. Whether it’s wildlife, extreme heat, or severe weather, our Outdoor Working Hazards video series is a great resource. Feel free to use the video playlist below as part of a Toolbox Talk or training session.

ABCs of Safety: L is for Ladders

During this week’s National Safety Stand-Down, we have a timely edition of the ABCs of Safety video series.

Ladders are one of the most commonly used tools in various workplaces, but many people still tend to use them in dangerous ways. Check out our video below to learn some of the most common ladder mistakes that can lead to falls, injuries, or even death.

Need to spruce up your company’s OSHA safety compliance plan? Contact our workplace safety experts today at 1-800-204-1729 or complete the contact form below.








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Study finds link between noise exposure and high blood pressure, cholesterol

A recent study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that workers subject to excessive noise exposure  have an increased risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

According to Safety and Health Magazine, researchers at NIOSH reviewed data from more than 20,000 workers using the 2014 National Health Interview Survey and found a link between noise exposure at work and elevated levels of hypertension and cholesterol.

In the study, 25 percent of workers had a history of noise exposure on the job. Loud noise impacts about 22 million workers in the United States. Furthermore, the study found that occupational noise contributed to 58 percent of hearing damage cases, 14 percent of hypertension cases, and nine percent of elevated cholesterol cases.

Additionally, jobs that most often had occupational noise exposure were production at 55 percent, construction and extraction at 54 percent, and installation, maintenance and repair at 54 percent.

“If noise could be reduced to safer levels in the workplace, more than 5 million cases of hearing difficulty among noise-exposed workers could potentially be prevented,” said study co-author Liz Masterson, Ph.D.

Below, view our quick and informative video to learn some ways to easily protect the hearing of everyone in your workplace.

And while you’re here, be sure to visit SCT Supply. At our safety supply store, you can find thousands of products from dozens of the top brands in the safety industry, including various types of hearing protection equipment.

ABCs of Safety: J is for JSA

Another week means another fun and informative ABCs of Safety video from the workplace safety experts at SCT. Our latest entry covers JSA, which stands for job safety analysis. Some also call it a JHA, or a job hazard analysis.

Performing a JSA at your workplace is one of the best and most effective ways to prevent occupational illnesses, injuries, and fatalities.

Missed any of our previous ABCs of Safety videos? You can watch them all in one handy playlist below.

Want the advice of SCT’s safety experts about your current JSA procedures? Drop us a note through our Contact Us page, and one of our safety representatives will contact you directly!

ABCs of Safety: I is for Incident Investigation

Nobody wants a near miss or severe injury to occur at their workplace, but an important piece of a successful safety program is examining why these events occur.

In this week’s ABCs of Safety video, we highlight the importance of a thorough Incident Investigation. Because the vast majority of workplace injuries and deaths are preventable, investigating past occurrences is a major key in preventing future incidents from happening.

Not sure how to conduct an incident investigation of your own? Contact the safety experts at SCT, whose decades of OSHA experience make them the best in the business. Call us at 1-800-204-1729 or fill out the contact form below.








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