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…
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….
Food Safety Hand Washing
Hand washing is vital in preventing contamination of food by food handlers. Harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus and viruses present on hands of food workers are removed by proper hand washing techniques. Hands should be washed as often as necessary and always: Before starting work Before handling cooked or ready-to-eat food After handling or preparing raw food After handling waste…
Flu season is almost here: 10 tips to keep workers healthy
With the flu season fast approaching, now is the time to show your employees ways they can take initiative and stay healthy this winter. The CDC has encouraged employers to get involved and educate workers on what they can do to stay healthy this flu season. These 10 tips could help keep the illness out of your workplace: Help employees get vaccinated Let employees know…
Workers in the marijuana industry face unique safety concerns
The marijuana industry comes with its own unique set of safety hazards, Washington OSHA Implementing preventative safety measures in this emerging industry will help to combat potential hazards as they arise. OSHA has compiled a series of issues for employees who work with marijuana to look out for. The lists cover all types of jobs, from producers and growers to processors and retailers. Producers and…
Workplace violence: How do you spot them?
Recently An Oklahoma woman was killed by an ex-coworker who beheaded her with a knife. The attacker came to the workplace with a knife and proceeded to stab and kill the woman. When episodes of violence occur, people often wonder, Could I have done anything to prevent this? Workplace violence is no exception. OSHA says almost two million Americans report being victims of workplace violence…