In the United States, the foundation of modern-day workplace health and safety government oversight is the Occupational Health and Safety Act. (Fun fact: its formal name is actually the Occupational Safety and Health Act, but it’s frequently referred to as the Occupational Health and Safety Act so we use these terms interchangeably.)
Safety training time with your team is limited and precious, so you want to make the most of training tasks, like hand safety awareness activities. Focusing on mindfulness is an effective way to address many common hand injury issues because lack of mindfulness is at the root of most, if not all, hand injuries.
When you’re teaching workplace hand health, it’s vital to cover a variety of hand injury safety topics. Switching focus keeps workers engaged, and helps your messages stick, while, over time, giving them a deeper understanding of the theme of hand health.
Staying on top of all the safety hazards at work can feel like an impossible challenge. Circumstances are always changing, equipment wears out, new workers join the crew—it’s never-ending. There is help available, though, and it’s right under your nose: get workers involved.
A lab safety checklist is an important component of your health and safety program. Checklists help ensure that workers and management have all the detailed steps they need to maintain safety—literally at their fingertips. The intent is to keep your system simple: check all the boxes on the list, and you’ll stay safe.
Cutting fiberglass insulation is a messy and potentially dangerous job, but a necessary one for many tradespeople and homeowners. Fiberglass batts—one of the most popular types of insulation—is best used for flat surfaces, such as walls, floors, and ceilings. Because this style comes in a continuous roll, it must be cut into sections and often trimmed around the contours of wall outlets and other obstacles. This cutting is done by hand.
The MeToo movement and other awareness-raising efforts have brought harassment to the forefront as one of the most important safety issues in the workplace today. Harassment is not something we can continue to ignore or minimize. We must finally recognize it as the hazard that it is.
In any workplace, the employee’s role in health and safety is to carry out the protocols that keep them injury free. Ultimately, it’s up to each worker to make sure they don’t get hurt. For instance, some of the health and safety responsibilities of employees include wearing appropriate PPE, using guards on machinery, and making sure tools and machinery are working properly. All the training and safety equipment in the world is only effective if workers use it.
Hand safety in the workplace should always be a top priority because nearly every profession requires healthy hands. Unfortunately, hand injuries remain common. If you follow best practices for hand and finger safety in the workplace, you can easily prevent these issues.
Anyone who’s ever worked around an MRI machine or had to undergo an MRI knows that it is critical that absolutely everything in the room is MRI compatible. The biggest priority is to make sure that nothing magnetic comes within proximity of the machine.