We've completed another safe week. Congratulations everyone! Let's make 2013 the safest summer yet! Remember to look out for hazards and please report them so they can be eliminated. The 101 days of summer are traditionally the most dangerous of the year, let's defy the odds!
Housekeeping for Safety
Most of you probably have house cleaning responsibilities at home. For some of you, it's a regular weekly chore. Whatever the case may be, you'll agree that good housekeeping practices are important at home.
However, what we sometimes overlook is that good housekeeping is a key duty on the job too. The orderly arrangement of work areas is vital to the safety of all workers, regardless of whether they are involved with machines and tools or with appliances and furniture.
It's a fact that approximately 6,000 persons are killed on the job annually in the United States, and an estimated 19,500 in home accidents.
Seventeen percent of on-the-job deaths are caused by falls, many of which result from just plain poor housekeeping practices.
Falls often result from tripping over loose articles such as tools left in aisle ways and work areas. Wet spots on the floor, or trash and other articles left in stairways also take their toll.
During periods of rain and snow, you know what happens when you and the kids track water into the house from outside. Tracked-in water is a serious problem at work, too. Wet spots can cause trips and falls. They should be cleaned up immediately, regardless of who was responsible for them being there.
We have trash receptacles placed in several strategic areas, so there is no excuse for waste paper, pop bottles, or other materials being thrown on the floor.
You'd better get in close for a sure shot at the trash barrel.
A word of caution. If a bottle should be broken on the floor, don't try to pick it up with your bare hands. Wear gloves or sweep up the pieces. The same procedure should be used for cleaning up nails or other sharp objects.
Let's face it. It is just a lot easier to do your job when your work area is kept neat. Keep your tools and equipment off the floor and stored in a proper place. This not only reduces tripping hazards, but protects the equipment you use to earn a living with.
Dd you ever go out to your closet at home to get your golf clubs and have to pull them out from under some other articles? Things start falling all over. It's a mess. But before you blow your cool, stop and think "How many times have I left stuff piled up on top of the golf clubs when I was in a hurry looking for something else in the closet?"
The same principles apply when storing equipment or materials on the job. Take time to make the piles neat. It's unsafe to stack them. Too high and, if possible, it's best to keep them away from other equipment or articles that are used often.
We have to be a lot like a quarterback, keeping our eyes open for changes in the defense or other certain telltale moves of opposing players. On the job, we should keep a lookout for danger signals - loose flooring, articles out of place, or other unsafe conditions. These things should be corrected immediately, or notify the foreman or safety and we'll see they are taken care of.
We're al, dependent on each other for safety. It's up to each of us to hold up our end of the deal. When each of us keeps their own area in order, the whole site is a safer place to work.
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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