PPE Fundamentals No. 2: Protecting arms, hands and finger

Fingers, hands and arms are susceptible to many dangers in the workplace, including: chemical or thermal burns absorption of harmful substances risks from falling objects electrical shock cuts, blisters, and bruises; and fractures, lacerations and amputations. Here are a few recent OSHA citations that stemmed from improper hand and arm PPE procedures: In June 2014, a worker’s […]

Leading Indicators: The proactive approach to accident prevention

You can’t manage what you don’t measure” – Bill Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett Packard. This old maxim applies to many areas of management, and especially rings true when it comes to safety in the workplace.  Though a company’s safety program can be a challenging area to quantify, research shows the financial reward is worth the […]

Falls in the Workplace

This quarter’s Stats Article focuses on the prevalence of falls in the workplace, and the resulting injuries and deaths. First the good news, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. workforce has seen a decreasing number of fatalities and fatality rates. A preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in […]

OSHA – Injury and Illness Prevention Plans: The Numbers Speak for Themselves

According to statistics provided in OSHA’s January 2012 Injury and Illness Prevention Program White Paper, workplace deaths and reported occupational injuries have dropped by more than 60% since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed into law in 1970. However, every day, more than 12 workers die on the job (over 4,500/year), and every […]

Winter Numbers: keeping healthy and alive

It is officially winter in North America! From Alaska or Florida, the changes in temperature, humidity, daylight hours and potential holiday stress contribute to a winter season that is a peak time for flu, heart problems, weight gain and seasonal affective disorder. As well, statistics also show that winter is a peak time for unintentional […]

Safety in numbers: meeting together with other EHS professionals

According to the National Safety Council 2011 Edition Injury Facts publication, the average cost for all worker compensation claims in 2007 and 2008 was $34,377 (based on data provided by the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s [NCCI] Workers Compensation Statistical Plan [WCSP] database). Most of us have probably heard of the correlation between safety and […]

Safety – makes sense, and cents

Last quarter we discussed the top causes for 2009 lost time injuries and what this means from a health and safety perspective. However, what does this mean from a business and financial point of view? We would likely all agree the best answer is to prevent these injuries and fatalities from occurring in the first […]