Accidents happen. Even the most diligent, safety conscious plant managers or safety officers have experienced an incident. Which means your safety program has to be “always on.”
Did you know that AEDs in public places improve the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest? As the #1 killer in the workplace resulting in over 300,000 deaths each year, sudden cardiac arrest can strike anywhere, anytime. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving devices critical in the event a Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs during the workday. Gain a better understanding of why your organization should be prepared with an AED Program.
Let’s face it – life-threatening emergencies happen, and unfortunately no business is immune. But, what do you really know about these types of situations and what it takes to be prepared?
Beat the Heat: 7 Summer Safety Supplies to Protect Workers and Boost Productivity [Gallery]
On average, there are more heat related fatalities per year in the United States than any other weather event. There are even more heat-related illnesses. According to the National Weather Service, heat accounts for 130 victims per year, the only weather event to reach a triple digit 30-year average.
Employers should be aware of the dangers excessive heat has on employees. Hazards of heat exposure are most commonly associated with summer months, however, certain jobs can have extreme heat all year round, like foundry and boiler room work. Physical exertion coupled with heat and humidity can cause more than just discomfort. These variables can lead to a number of heat-related illnesses, some of which can be very dangerous. Make sure you know the signs of heat stress and how to prevent it.
When conditioned air (hot or cold) leaks from a building, the energy it took to condition that air is wasted, creating an energy loss. Leaks are only one of the sources for wasted energy; motors, pumps, and electrical boxes will generate heat and lose energy efficiency as they begin to fail. Thermal imagers can be used by creating pictures of measured infrared energy or heat and assigning colors based on the differences of temperature.
Unrealistic expectations and disappointment often go hand in hand. When evaluating logistics companies and assessing their service proposals, asking questions helps ensure that your expectations are in line with 3PL providers and their capabilities. Asking potential 3PL providers these eight questions can potentially help you avoid costly surprises down the road, such as being locked into long-term contracts with 3PL companies providing poor customer service.
Each season provides unique hazards and safety risks to workers and facilities alike. Previously we discussed the extreme risks tied to heat stress and its effect on worker productivity, but as the colder weather blows in so do new and unexpected risks, hazards, and necessary precautions.