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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Useful Health and Safety Apps for Construction Workers

apps for construction workersThese days, it seems like there’s an app for every possible use, from music to social media to games.

But did you know there are also apps that help to promote workplace health and safety?

Recently, IHSFNA (Laborer’s Health and Safety Fund of North America) recommended five apps for construction workers. Here’s a quick overview of its recommendations:

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Keep Your Emergency Shower Maintained and Up to Date

emergency showerInstalling an emergency shower in your workplace is an important first step in ensuring employee safety. But safety doesn’t stop at installation. For an emergency shower to work effectively, you need to keep it maintained and current with the latest applicable standards.

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Recent Updates to Head Protection Standards

head protectionThe American National Standards Institute recently approved updates to ANSI/ISEA Z89.1 standard, which covers industrial head protection. The updated standard (now called ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014) has provisions for hard hats designed for hot work conditions.

Head protection that is compliant with the new standard will bear the designation “HL.”

For more information, see the news release on the website of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). Copies of the new standard can also be purchased through ISEA.

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Best Practices for Hot Workplaces

hot workplacesWhile the heat of summer is unavoidable, as an employer you can take steps to make hot workplaces safer, regardless of whether your employees work inside or outside during the summer months.

Interior workplaces

Generally, interior workplaces have more climate control options, making it easier to moderate temperatures. Air cooling measures, such as air conditioning and fans, can bring down temperature and humidity levels significantly. Even simple things, such as shading direct light and opening windows, can help.

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