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EYE SAFETY

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Every day in the United States, roughly 2,000 workers experience an eye injury serious enough to require medical attention, according to NIOSH. Although the majority of these injuries involve small particles striking or abrading the eye, some are far more serious and result in permanent blindness. However, eye injuries are preventable if proper personal protective equipment is worn correctly and consistently.

A worker’s eyes can be damaged in a variety of ways, NIOSH notes. Causes of work-related eye injuries include:

  • Getting particles in the eye due to grinding, sanding and hammering
  • Being splashed during chemical handling
  • Being exposed to arc flashes when welding
  • Working in dusty conditions
  • Walking through a work zone without wearing PPE

NIOSH lists five main types of eye protection and recommends that workers consider the hazards that are present before selecting which type to wear:

  1. General safety glasses (including hybrid safety glasses or goggles): This type of eye protection is ideal for general work that exposes workers to dust and flying particles. Ensure safety glasses feature anti-fogging capabilities and side protection. For added protection, wear safety glasses that have foam or rubber around the lenses to help keep particles out.
  2. Safety goggles: NIOSH states that safety goggles are a good choice to help protect workers from high impacts, chemical splashes and welding light. When selecting safety goggles, look for goggles with ample airflow, little fogging and maximum splash protection.
  3. Faceshields: Faceshields help protect workers from high-impact, chemical and bloodborne hazards. Select faceshields that are tinted or have a metal coating for heat protection. Be aware that you should still wear safety glasses or goggles underneath a faceshield, as the curve of it can direct chemicals and particles into the eyes.
  4. Full-facepiece respirators: This is the best form of eye protection from smoke, dust and chemicals, according to NIOSH. However, note that these types of respirators do not seal completely over regular or safety glasses. If you need to wear a full-facepiece respirator and glasses, ensure you obtain prescription inserts that are compatible with a respirator and approved for use with your specific respirator.
  5. Welding eye protection (including helmets, goggles, faceshields and respirators):Welding can expose workers to light that can seriously burn the eyes. Workers should always wear safety goggles or glasses underneath welding helmets or faceshields for additional protection. Ensure workers near welding operations wear appropriate eye protection as well.

SAFE PESTICIDE HANDLING

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Chemicals used to manage insects, rodents, weeds, molds and germs all have the potential to cause harm to workers. Pesticides come in different forms, including sprays, liquids, powders, granulates, baits and foggers. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety in Hamilton, Ontario, offers the following advice to help mitigate the risks associated with using pesticides:

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  • Choose the least hazardous product for the task being performed.
  • Keep the label intact and make sure it is readable.
  • Only use product as intended, and never use additional pesticide for an increased effect.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, long pants, boots, a faceshield, a hat and goggles.
  • Thoroughly clean all spills and isolate the spill area.
  • Do not burn pesticides or pour them down a drain.
  • Wash skin and change clothes after using a pesticide.
  • Discard contaminated leather boots, shoes and belts.
  • Clearly label treated surfaces where residue may remain.
  • Keep people away from the applied area until the pesticide has dried.

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  • Ventilate areas where chemicals are mixed.
  • Mix at the recommended rate and only use the amount directed by the label.
  • Avoid creating dusts or splashes.
  • Keep containers below eye level.
  • Never transfer pesticides into cups or bowls that may be confused with food containers.

Storage

  • Lock pesticide storage areas.
  • Post warning signs on entrances and walls.
  • Maintain an inventory of the quantity, type and age of products.
  • Place products on non-absorbent shelves and upright and off the floor.
  • Keep pesticides away from highly permeable soil and areas that may flood.
  • Store pesticides in a temperature-controlled environment.
  • Check containers for leaks or defects and tightly seal and store in original containers.
  • Separate pesticides from flammable and combustible materials.
  • Keep spill-cleaning equipment and a first aid kit outside or near storage areas.
  • Keep pesticides away from food, utensils or water.

ALLERGIES, ANTIHISTAMINES & DROWSINESS

ALLERGIES, ANTIHISTAMINES & DROWSINESS


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Spring is almost here! It is time to put away the heavy coats and break out the sunglasses. But the weather conditions that lead to “spring fever” also give rise to another affliction that affects many of us-hay fever.

Hay fever can make those who are sensitive to pollen miserable, interfering with work and play. Fortunately, modern medicine has developed drugs which give temporary relief from hay fever’s common symptoms. As users of antihistamines and decongestants know, however, there are side affects to these over-the-counter drugs. The side affect most often experienced is drowsiness.

A Gallup survey of allergy sufferers was conducted several years ago. This survey found that the package warnings against driving or operating heavy machinery while taking the medicine are largely ignored. If you think about it, this shouldn’t be surprising-since people take the medication so that they can continue with their normal activities, and they attempt to do so.

We hope that people will be aware of the drowsiness problem and watch out for it while working or driving. However, a recent Cal-OSHA Reporter article indicates this is not the case. A University Medical Center research team conducted an allergy workshop and concluded that most workers who are trying to control their allergies with over-the-counter drugs are not aware that they are sedated. In addition to feeling drowsy, other side affects of being sedated are reduced coordination, slowed reaction time and impaired judgment. These may be even less recognizable than drowsiness, but any of this can happen when a person is not fully alert. The use of allergy medication can also effect one’s ability to focus on the work to be done by causing dizziness, nervousness, nausea or headaches.

Working in a hazardous industry is dangerous enough in itself. You must be alert at all times and able to react to production issues, recognize safety hazards, and be an asset to the crew. So what can be done to reduce the discomfort of hay fever season, yet keep you effective at work? The following tips may be helpful:

  • Consider taking the medication for only significant allergy attacks-particularly if your job involves operating machinery or power tools.
  • If you need the medicine, take the smallest dose possible that will still provide a level of relief that you need.
  • Before taking the medication, read not only the warnings on the outer package, but also the product insert. This small piece of paper, with equally small print, usually has much more detailed information about the product and possible side effects.
  • Follow the recommended dosage. More is not necessarily better. Taking “extra doses” may only provide more side effects-and not more relief.

Finally, if you have any questions about allergy medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Some products may be less troublesome than others. Spring allergies can be very uncomfortable, but an accident or injury could bring an even greater problem into your life.

CELL PHONE SAFETY

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DO CELLULAR PHONES CAUSE MORE VEHICLE ACCIDENTS?

It’s common knowledge that the number one cause of work-related fatalities is vehicle accidents. Most companies have at least one truck, if not a whole fleet of vehicles, and their drivers face the hazards of the roadway day after day. Sometimes a trip ends tragically.

Now, a new technology threatens to increase the accident potential for drivers. In more and more companies, cellular phones are being used by construction, service and delivery personnel, as well as by management levels. According to one research study, the use of a cellular phone while driving increases the risk of having an accident four-fold. Another study found that having a cellular phone in a vehicle increased the risk of being involved in an accident by 34 %. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports an increase in the number of complaints about drivers talking on their cellular phones while operating a vehicle. Critics of these studies argue that the research is poor and does not make a decisive connection. Besides, having a cellular telephone in the car can be an advantage when used to call emergency services. What do you think?

Reported Hazards Associated With Cellular Phones:

  • Users are said to be distracted from defensive driving practices, and less responsive to highway traffic situations. When they do react, their response time is said to be longer.
  • People on the phone are more likely to have intense conversations that involve problem-solving-which is more distracting than shooting the breeze with a passenger.
  • Passengers in the car often alert drivers to dangerous situation, and stop talking at such times, in contrast to someone on the other end of the line who is unaware of the traffic situation.
  • Cell phone users may be concentrating on dialing a number or handling the equipment and fail to notice a stop light, traffic sign, or a vehicle in front of them.
  • Not only the driver on the phone, but other drivers on the roadway are at increased risk if a cell phone user is the ultimate cause of an accident.

Safety Reminders For Cell Phone Users:

  • Keep conversations short and sweet. Develop ways to get free of long-winded friends and associates while on the road. Don’t use the cell phone for social visiting.
  • Hang up in tricky traffic situations-without warning if necessary. Safe driving takes precedence over telephone etiquette. You can explain later– because you’ll still be alive!
  • Resist dialing a number while on the move in heavy traffic whenever possible; wait until you are at a traffic light or stop sign.
  • Keep even more distance between you and the car ahead of you than normally recommended.
  • Consider using a “hands-free” speakerphone system, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road– and still keep talking. These speakerphones are available for many popular telephone models. Some states have proposed legislation that requires use of these devices.

All drivers are at risk of having a vehicle accident before, during or after work, and the use of a cell phone may increase this risk. Concentrate on the above reminders! Don’t become a statistic!

COLD MEDICATION & DROWSINESS

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COLD MEDICATION & DROWSINESS

Cold and flu season is here again. Now is a good time for our annual warning about using over-the-counter cold and flu medications during work hours. Sometimes, cold remedies and work are not a good mix.

The most common side effect of over-the counter cold and flu medicine is drowsiness, which lowers one’s alertness and reaction time. Ten to twenty-five percent of people taking these medications report daytime drowsiness. This can be more than just an annoyance. Approximately 200,000 vehicle accidents are attributed to sleepiness every year. Fatigue is a factor in nearly one-third of truck accidents where the driver is killed. Taking medications, then coming to work and using machinery or sharp tools, can be dangerous. So, when you are ill, what should you do?

In many cases, your employer may not want you to show up for work when you have a bad cold or the flu. Not only does your risk of injury increase if medication causes you to be drowsy, but your productivity is likely to be poor as well. In addition, you may pass a virus to co-workers so that they too become ill. Finally, your own recovery may be delayed if you are not getting enough rest to fight the ailment. But, sometimes you must come to work and you need to take medications. If this is the case, remember the following:

Let your supervisor know . –It may be possible to change your work assignments or temporarily arrange for less hazardous work. You probably shouldn’t do tasks that require the use of a respirator, or that are highly demanding, physically. Another reason for speaking to your supervisor is to acknowledge that your performance may not be quite up to par for a few days. Also, should you be injured, your supervisor and emergency responders will need to know what medications you are taking if you are unable to recall.

Follow the recommended dosages.— Exceeding the recommended dose will not help you get well faster or feel any better. In fact, what usually happens is that side effects, such as drowsiness, become more pronounced.

Do not mix medications. Remember, these pills, capsules, or tonics are chemicals. They may be incompatible when mixed, causing more harm than good. A mixture of medicines ,or medicine mixed with alcohol, may intensify a side effect or even be dangerous.

Read the label.— This is where you will find the information you need about dosage and side effects. If you can’t read or don’t fully understand the label, ask or phone the pharmacist.

Don’t try new remedies during work hours.– If you feel like experimenting with something new or different, do it over the weekend. Everyone reacts differently to cold and flue medication. Find one that works best and gives you the least troublesome side effects, and stay with it.

Wash your hands often.— We give this advice to kids, but everyone should remember it during cold and flu season. More cold viruses are transmitted from hand to hand, from doorknob to hand, from hand to mouth…than in any other way. The best cold and flu solution is prevention!

WORKING SAFE AT WORKING SOLUTIONS!!!!

Working Solutions was recently recognized by the Barrow Group at the ASA annual meeting in Nashville, TN for making safety a priority.  We work hard making sure our employees have a safe working environment.

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