Owner could go to jail for not reporting worker’s injury
Weekly Safety Tip: Keep injury and illness Records. Report severe work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA. The owner of a construction company could go to jail for not reporting an employee’s foot injury that resulted in an amputation. Harry Minassian of Granada Hills, CA, faces four felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud for failing to report the injury. Minassian owns Pacific Construction. An employee…
7 tips to ensure that a close call doesn’t become something worse
Are employees at your site encouraged to report near misses? Do you share lessons learned from these close calls to prevent actual incidents? Read on to find out why, and how, you should be doing this. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in an injury, illness, or damage. But it could have. “Only…
Modern Issues of First Aid Training
Timing and Content Issues When is training provided? For new employees? Once a year? Increase it to include special needs, too. Try to avoid marathon training to get everything done at once and have smaller, more manageable sessions that employees can remember and use. Is your first aid specifically for your workplace or general in nature? Do you have AEDs on site? Are they all…
Could a Food Allergy be the Cause of Your Health Concerns?
I am the administrator for Spectrum website, and I found this interesting article from Dr. Trupti Gokani that may be there is a correlation between the food you eat and your existing health problems. See below for the article: As a neurologist who specializes in chronic migraines, some of my patients struggle for decades before they come to see me. They’re often surprised when I…
What are the hazards in a confined space?
All hazards found in a regular workspace can also be found in a confined space. However, they can be even more hazardous in a confined space than in a regular worksite. Hazards in confined spaces can include: •Poor air quality: There may be an insufficient amount of oxygen for the worker to breathe. The atmosphere might contain a poisonous substance that could make the worker…
Warning signs that your workplace may be too noisy?
Noise may be a problem in your workplace if: ◾You hear ringing or humming in your ears when you leave work. ◾You have to shout to be heard by a coworker an arm’s length away. ◾You experience temporary hearing loss when leaving work. OSHA sets legal limits on noise exposure in the workplace. These limits are based on a worker’s time weighted average over an…
Ebola workplace safety: 7 prevention steps
OSHA has teamed up with other state health agencies to release recommendations that will help protect workers from Ebola. Workers in certain professions could potentially be exposed to Ebola. These include: ◾healthcare workers ◾emergency responders ◾laboratory staff ◾death care workers ◾airline crews and airport staff, and ◾quarantine operations staff. The safety recommendations urge employers to: ◾Make sure workers who are at risk of Ebola exposure…
Exits and Exit Routes
An exit is: the part of the exit route that is a way out of the workplace. A workplace must have two or more exit routes, depending on the number of people involved and the layout and size of the work area. These exit routes must be permanent and always unobstructed. The following are safety guidelines for exit and exit route safety: Exit doors must…
The Seven Worst Things to Find in Your Refrigerator or Ice Machine
Health inspectors get to see the worst of the worst when it comes to commercial kitchens. They see the little extras that are left behind the refrigerator, they notice the smells in the walk-in freezers, and they notice the slime inside of the ice bin. We’ve taken our cues from the health inspectors and compiled some of the worst things that you can find. 1….