The safety hierarchy of controls is a workplace safety guide developed by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The guide provides a five-step process to help safety professionals reduce the risk of harm to workers.
If you’ve cut plastic before, you know that finding the best tool for cutting plastic can be challenging. Cutting plastic is not just about getting the job done. You need to find the right tool, so you can cut safely and get a good clean cut.
Overcoming organizational barriers to change requires 1) observation to identify your organization’s safety culture, and 2) action to improve it. So, how do you describe your organization’s safety culture?
Hand and finger injuries in the workplace are an ongoing concern. It seems that no matter how careful your workers are, somebody is always coming to you with a reportable incident of a hand or finger injury. Whether it’s a smashed fingernail from hammering, a cut from a utility knife, or a crush injury from getting a hand or finger caught in a pinch point.
As a Safety Manager, you’re tasked with improving the safety of your organization. You’ve tried adding safety policies, tweaking work processes, holding safety meetings, and investing countless dollars in safety training, but these tactics don’t seem to make a dent in your reportables. Why is that?
Hazard control measures occur at the very end of your safety program development process. This process starts with an assessment of hazard risk—and control measures are only identified and implemented later. These are followed by evaluation and continuous improvement of your risk control measures to maintain an up-to-date, effective safety program.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) cut resistance level indicates the varying degrees of protection offered by a very useful piece of personal protective equipment (PPE): safety gloves. The specifics of these levels are in ANSI-105, Hand Protection Classification, developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).
Using health and safety control equipment mitigates the dangers your workers face on the job. It reduces injury risk or limiting exposure to substances that could be hazardous to their health. But it goes beyond just the equipment itself—which can be as simple as warning signage or as complex as ventilation systems. It also includes doing the following:
Where does the issue of hand safety at work fall on the spectrum of all the areas of concern for health and safety at work? There’s a lot that you have to monitor, report on, and strive to improve. Should you be concerned about every cut and scrape to your workers’ hands? Absolutely!
OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls is an integral component of their current Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, which updated their 1989 guidelines to more accurately reflect the changing nature of our workplaces.