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Monthly Archives: June 2014

First Aid Kits vs. Bloodborne Pathogen Kits: What’s the Difference?

bloodborne pathogen kitsPeople sometimes confuse first aid kits and bloodborne pathogen kits. In fact, the two kits serve different purposes.

First Aid Kits

Most of us are familiar with first aid kits. Generally, they contain supplies needed to treat relatively minor injuries, such as cuts, abrasions and burns. Some kits, especially those designed for industrial or manufacturing workplaces, have supplies to treat more serious injuries as well. Kits typically contain bandages, gauze, pain medication and disinfectant.

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Fall Prevention and Construction’s “Fatal Four”

fall preventionFall prevention is a big part of safety, especially when it comes to construction. According to OSHA statistics, the top four leading causes of construction death in 2012 were falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught-in/between. The “fatal four” account for three out of every five construction worker deaths. Falls alone were responsible for 278 out of a total 775 deaths in construction in 2012.

What can be done to help prevent deaths by the fatal four and falls in particular? It comes down to plan, provide and train.

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OSHA Changes to Electrical Power Work

electrical powerOn April 11th, OSHA revised construction standards for electrical power work. Employers who operate or maintain electric power generation, transmission, distribution or equipment must follow the new rules.

Rules surrounding construction standards for electrical power work hadn’t been revised in 40 years. The new rules are more consistent with general construction industry standards and are projected to save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries every year.

Summary of Changes

One of the main changes to the standard is the type of fall protection required when employees work from aerial lifts and poles/towers. Where before a body belt might have been deemed sufficient, employees now may need fall harnesses.

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How to Operate an Emergency Eyewash Station

emergency eyewash stationIn 2008, there were 27,450 workplace non-fatal eye injuries that resulted in days off work. Without eyewash stations, this number would be even higher.

It takes only a few seconds for hazardous material to damage your eyes, which is why eyewash stations are so important.

Exposure to hazardous material can occur in any workplace where contaminated or strongly alkaline/acidic substances are present. Unlike cuts or abrasions, chemical materials continue to inflict damage as long as they’re in contact with your eye.

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