The week of December 29, 2013 we reported no new injuries. Fantastic job everyone! Great way to start out the New Year!!! Let's all continue to work safely.
The hard hat is one of the oldest, most widely used, and most important pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job. However, the hard hat is not able to do its job when it is not properly worn, maintained, and replaced when needed.
Here is an example...
Bob and his crew were putting a new roof on a house. During his lunch break, Bob was on the ground eating a sandwich when a falling hammer struck his hard hat. Although he experienced pain and discomfort, Bob did not require hospital admission.
1. Could this accident have been prevented?
2. Do you do a job that requires you to wear a hard hat?
3. Do you wear a hard hat?
Warnings and Precautions...
- Never alter or modify the hard hat shell or suspension. This can drastically reduce the amount of protection provided.
- Never drill holes in the hard hat shell for ventilation purposes.
- Always wear your hard hat with the bill facing forward.
- Always avoid contact between the hard hat and electric wires.
- Never use a hard hat suspension that is not intended for use with a particular shell, or one that is made by a different manufacturer.
- Never carry or wear anything inside your hard hat between the suspension and the shell. A clearance must be maintained between the hard hat shell and the wearer's head for the protection system to work properly. A ball cap or other object may limit this clearance and shouldn't be worn.
- Only wear products such as winter liners and sun shades that are designed specifically to work in conjunction with hard hats. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for use.
Employers, employees, and even worksite visitors are put at risk for serious injury when slip, trip, and fall hazards aren't noticed and fixed in parking lots, walkways, stairwells, and other work locations.
Fortunately, with proper training, housekeeping techniques, and encouraging a safety culture in the work place, you can spot, report, and correct these hazards before someone gets hurt.
Opportunities for improvement are ALWAYS welcome! Use the Opportunity for Improvement template on iAuditor to submit.
a. Notices, Posters (5-in1, OSHA Notice, Payroll)
b. Emergency Contacts
c. OSHA 300 Log
a. In use: Safety glasses, Hard hats, Work boots, Gloves
b. Face shields or goggles used for overhead work
c. Respirators available
d. Welding screens
a. Available in gang box and job site trailer
b. Stocked adequately with gloves, bandages, and antiseptics
c. CPR and First Aid trained personnel
d. Medical facility location and contact information communicated
a. Competent person certified
b. Scaffold grade planking
c. Fall protection
d. Clear of debris / trash
a. Free from defects with safety feet, blocked, cleated, or otherwise secured.
b. Straight ladders at 1:4 pitch
a. Capped, stored in an upright position
b. Oxygen / Acetylene properly separated
c. Empty gas cylinders marked
a. Inspected to ensure safe operating condition
b. Hand tools free from defects
c. Unsafe / Unusable tools / equipment tagged "Do Not Use"
d. Tools / Equipment properly guarded
b. Aisles and exit ways clear with 24" clearance
c. Work areas uncluttered and debris removed
a. Electrical equipment grounded
b. Tools double insulated
c. Cords in good condition
d. Electrical panels covered if energized
a. Guard rails, mid rails, toe boards
b. Fall restraint systems
c. Open sides floors or platforms equipped with standard railing
d. Openings (interior / perimeter) properly barricaded or covered
a. Flammable and explosive materials stored safely
b. Adequate number of fire extinguishers available with tags and clips
c. Vehicles and mobile equipment provided with extinguishers
a. Over 4 ft shored, benched, or sloped as required
b. Steps or ladders at 25 ft intervals
c. Competent person on site
a. MSDS and Labels available
b. Employees briefed on HAZCOM
c. HAZCOM information poster posted
d. Employees familiar with MSDS books and their location
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