The recent FDA announcement banning the use of powdered surgical and patient examination gloves in the United States, as well as the absorbable powder used to lubricate these gloves, certainly comes as no surprise.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as work gloves doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a “business enabler” – allowing workers to be more motivated and productive. PPE spend is only one element of investment in health and safety – but it’s an important one.
Whether you’re de-icing a plane in Chicago, or you’re a snow blower in upstate New York, or a commercial fisherman in Alaska or Canada, all outdoor workers must be aware of the risks and dangers associated with cold weather.
Can hand protection cause a respiratory hazard? That’s the question scientists from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) set out to answer when they conducted a Health Hazard Evaluation at a steel mill in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 70 percent of workers who experienced hand injuries in 2015 were not wearing gloves. The remaining 30 percent of injured workers wore gloves but the gloves were inadequate, damaged or the wrong type of the hazards that were present.
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Fortunately, while no regulations or laws require them to do so, top-tier protective glove manufacturers provide comprehensive instruction and training in those how-to disciplines as a matter of course.
Tired feet in and of itself is not a medical condition, though it can lead to medical problems. This article focuses the role proper industrial footwear plays in reducing the hurt of tired or fatigued feet.
Amid the discussion about the types of safety incentive programs that are most effective, it is clear that safety incentive program recipients, much like other incentive program recipients, are leaning more and more favorably toward receiving gift cards as their preferred reward for safe behavior in the workplace.
Given the eyes’ complexity, size and location, they are extremely vulnerable to injury – from flying or falling objects in the yard, sand and dust particles, chemicals and vapors from household cleaning products and even ultraviolet light. And in many workplaces eye hazards are abundant.
From flashlights that perform like floodlights, to USB rechargeable lights that can be charged on the go, to safety-rated lights that protect workers in all types of hazardous environments, today’s professional grade flashlight products have come a long way.
In addition to traditional commercial new product development, there is growing involvement by government agencies and the military to help stimulate and support research to bring better tools to practitioners entrusted with worker safety and health outcomes.
You probably know that walking 10,000 steps a day is the new “magic metric” for the health-conscious. Ten years ago if you asked someone how many steps a day they should walk, you’d get a shoulder shrug. Nobody counted steps.
Compliance bias is the belief that U.S. government mandates such as OSHA regulations are sufficient for most organizations to achieve injury and illness prevention objectives. This bias is outdated and dead wrong.
Robert (Rob) Sams’ recent book, Social Sensemaking – A Reflective Journal; how we make sense of risk, provides new safety and risk thinking when it comes to considering risk in the context of individuals’ behaviors.
It is implicit that any SMS should deliver a number of goals: safety performance, instituting standards and practices, compliance with regulatory requirements, communications and dissemination of information, setting up responsibilities & rights, etc.