Blog: Safety Talk & Tips

5 Tips for Effective Time Managment

Successful supervisors know how to organize their work and manage their time to get the most out of a day. No matter how busy you are, make plans and decide how to spend your time. Here are some tips to help:

  1. Make a master list of everything you need to do. The idea is to write down all the tasks in one place rather than letting them rattle around in your head. Put them on one piece of paper, a wall-mounted white board or in the computer. This is the place to put long-range jobs such as safety audits next month and short-term ones like having the fire extinguishers serviced tomorrow.
  2. Make a ‘to do’ list for each day. Check your appointment calendar for what you must do each day, and refer to your master list for other tasks you should and can get done that day.
  3. Keep an appointment calendar. Put definite commitments on it such as safety meetings and production deadlines. This can be a wall calendar, a desk calendar, or a computer calendar.
  4. Make the most of the computer resources available at your company. Use e-mail, internal message systems, voice mail and other services to communicate quickly.
  5. Plan what you want to get done each day, rather than reacting to crises. Block out time for you to work on projects. If you have an office, shut the door for awhile each day so you can plow through the desk work with only emergency interruptions. You might want to have an open-door policy at other times of the day, when you encourage workers to drop in to discuss any concerns.

To supervise other people, you need to supervise how you spend your own time. Get yourself organized and you’ll have more time to spend helping your workers to do their jobs quickly, correctly and safely.

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Protection from Wildfire Smoke

As reported but the CDC, when wildfires burn either in your area or many miles away, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Who is at greatest risk from wildfire smoke?

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Why You Should Pay Attention to Workplace Housekeeping

Effective housekeeping can help control or eliminate workplace hazards. Poor housekeeping practices frequently contribute to incidents. If the sight of paper, debris, clutter, and spills is accepted as normal, then other more serious hazards may be taken for granted.

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A Rare Illness With an Unexpected Cause

A woman spent 9 days in a coma, and had her arms and legs amputated as a result from a lick from her German Shepherd puppy. The cause? A bacteria known as capnocytophaga infected an open wound where the lick occurred. The CDC defines Capnocytophaga as a bacteria that lives in the mouths of dogs, or cats.

The CDC also states: these germs can spread to people through bites, scratches, or close contact from a dog or cat and may cause illness, including sepsis. Most peoplewho have contact with a dog or cat do not become sick. People with a weakened immune systems who have difficulty fighting off infections (for example, people with cancer or those taking certain medications such as steroids) are at greater riskof becoming ill.

People who are infected with Capnocytophaga can have a range of signs and symptoms such as:

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Public Pool Safety

ash-dowie-AQTob_BYSWs-unsplashAmericans who enjoy taking a dip in public pools to cool off during the summer face the danger of encountering “crypto,” a diarrhea-causing fecal parasite that is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cryptosporidium — which causes cryptosporidiosis — can lead to “profuse, watery diarrhea” among healthy adults suffering for as long as three weeks. Continue reading “Public Pool Safety”

Summer & Water Safety Tips

SwimmingPoolWith summer in full swing, many people are spending the days outside, and near water!
Here are some tips to keep you, and the little ones, safe this summer season:
  • Be sure to wear protective sun screen while outside swimming, bbq’ing, or playing at the park. Re-apply as necessary! Bring pop-up shade shelters, hats, and sunglasses for added protection!
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re planning on being in the sun.

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Forklift Training and Certification

images (10)With warmer weather upon us, people are out and about in the summer buzz. As a result, businesses and employees may be working harder; this means moving and stocking more product! To aid in such jobs companies use forklifts, which are not to be taken lightly. 

Operating a forlift takes knowledge and skill. Many employees may already know or be certified in operating these machines, however it’s imperative that each individual undergo initial and periodic training and recertification.

You may be wondering:

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Life Hack: Vehicle Emergency!

Did you know?

The headrest of car seats are deliberately kept detachable and sharp so that it could be used to break open the glass in the windows of your car in case of a fire or emergency. The car’s glass are kept easily breakable from the inside for this reason as well. Share this with as many people as you know, it could save a life!

Car-Headrests

Hazard Alert: Combustible Dust

Hazard Alert: Combustible Dust Explosions:

Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air in certain conditions. A dust explosion can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. In many combustible dust incidents, employers and employees were unaware that a hazard even existed. It is important to determine if your company has this hazard, and if you do, you must take action now to prevent tragic consequences.

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