Eye Injury Prevention in Hazardous Workplace

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2,000 workers sustain job-related injuries daily making eye injuries one of the leading hazards at the workplace.  Don’t let that number scare you, with the proper personal protective equipment and safety procedure implementation the likelihood of eye injury can be reduced substantially. Below are some safety tips to help create a safer workplace:

  • Be aware of eye injury hazards

Falling objects such as bits of metal or glass may cause cuts or scrapes in the cornea. Another common eye injuries come from splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure and flying wood or metal chips. Health care workers, laboratory, janitorial staff, and other workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases from eye exposure which can be transmitted through direct exposure to blood splashes, respiratory droplets generated during coughing or from touching eyes with contaminated fingers or objects. It’s important to assess the workplace and determine specific potential hazards for your industry.

  • Wear safety eye protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require workers to use eye and face protection whenever there is a reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented by such equipment. Workers should wear eye protection that corresponds to the hazards in their workplace. Safety glasses with side protection are recommended if working in an area that has particles, flying objects or dust. If you are working with chemicals, goggles are fitting. Anyone working near hazard radiation like welding, lasers or fiber optics must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields or helmets designed for that task.

  • Be prepared for an emergency

Knowing what to do in case of an eye injury can prevent serious damage while medical assistance is obtained. Each eye injury has first aid procedures to ensure prevention of pain in the eye, blurred vision, or loss of any vision. For instance, first aid for chemicals in the eye requires flushing eyes with water for at least 15 minutes while not washing out the eye is recommended for cuts and punctures. Training workers about eye safety related to their potential eye injury may reduce the risk of permanent injury.

Some industries may not be able to entirely illuminate eye injury hazards, but providing workers with the proper training and equipment can reduce the probability of injury drastically. Being aware, protected and prepared at all times may save workers from experiencing loss of vision, pain in the eye and blurred vision.

At Nova Medical Centers, we solely focus on occupational health. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional services and helping our clients prioritize their health and safety needs. Ensuring our clients are informed about OSHA regulations is one of our top priorities. Contact us for more information about any of our services. Our skilled and friendly staff members are ready to meet all your occupational health needs.

 

Written by Nayda Sanchez

Workplace Injury Prevention

Accidents at the workplace are common and disrupt the flow of daily activity. Although workers health is a top priority when an incident occurs, it’s important to consider evaluating other factors such as the condition of workplace and equipment during that time as well.  Reinforcing safety policies is one of the best preventative measures when it comes to reducing workplace injuries.  Below are 5 workplace injury prevention tips:

  1. Implement a safety and wellness plan

Complying with standards and creating a culture of safety will lower the probability of an accident and increase productivity. Safety should not be expected from employees without proper training. By providing safety training you’re teaching employees how to work safely and demonstrating that safety is a priority at the workplace. 

  1. Assess safety vulnerabilities

Every industry has unique hazards and a critical part of safety plan implementation is predicting which accidents are most likely to happen at your workplace. Researching previous injuries that occurred can help you find a pattern and give you an idea what areas need safety policies reevaluations.

  1. Talk safety

Use every opportunity available to talk about safety with employees and management. Staff meetings, conference calls, employee newsletters and any other form of internal communication should be utilized to share the importance of safety. Another way to keep workers motivated is by rewarding them for abiding safety policies or for going accident-free for a certain time period.

  1. Staff accordingly

Ensuring you have the appropriate amount of workers for specific jobs or tasks is a simple tactic that can heavily reduce overworking employees which leads to cutting corners and unsafe practices.

  1. Maintain a clean workplace

Keeping equipment organized and safety equipment visible allows easy access for workers to use. Designated spill cleanup stations should be assigned if necessary in the industry.

Accidents are unpredictable but you can train your team to work in a fashion that creates a safer workplace. Being prepared and knowing what to do in case of an accident can reduce the severity of injuries if they occur.

At Nova Medical Centers, we solely focus on occupational health. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional services and helping our clients prioritize their health and safety needs. Contact us for more information about any of our services. Our skilled and friendly staff members are ready to meet all your occupational health needs.

 

Written by Nayda Sanchez

Crane Safety Tips

Cranes are essential for workers in construction, manufacturing, warehousing and other industries, but are highly more hazardous than any other tool.  Extensive training and following crane safety standards creates a better working environment for workers and anyone around the worksite. Below is a list of common crane hazards and preventative measures you can take to create a safer work area:

  • Being aware of electrical lines is critical when operating a crane. The metal in the crane is an excellent conductor and can cause a fatal electrocution if accidentally hit against electrical lines
  • Material lifted with a crane has the potential of falling off even after it has been secured Employees below crane should avoid working in the area and wear hard hats along with other appropriate PPE
  • Although cranes can lift an astounding amount of weight, it is important for crane operator to know the weight limit of each crane. Crane operators and loaders should also keep track of how much weight is being added or removed to avoid overloading
  • When cranes twist or move to get the load where it needs to go, it create pinch or crush points where someone could be seriously injured. It is important to be cautious of surroundings when moving a load to avoid accidental injury to those around
  • Crane operators should make sure area is cleared when dropping a load to avoid crushing objects or injuring someone. Some loads are heavy enough to crush vehicles so it is important to remember to never work under a crane load, even with PPE
  • Requiring workers to wear a hard hat at all times ensures they are safe if material falls from a crane load. You can’t predict when this will happen, but you can prepare for it.
  • Providing workers with eye protections prevents them from having temporary blindness caused by dust or debris
  • Hand protection keeps workers safe from pinches or being crushed

Using a crane is hazardous, but with crane safety implementation and proper training, workers are able to operate them with confidence and reduce the possibility of injury drastically.

At Nova Medical Centers we specialize in occupational health. We understand the importance of informing employers and employees of safety regulations.  We take pride in providing exceptional services to our patients and clients. Contact us for more information. Our friendly staff and team of experts are here to meet all your occupational health needs.

 

Written by Nayda Sanchez

Preventing Electrical Accidents in the Workplace

Working with electricity has become so customary that we don’t give much thought to how heavily we depend on a reliable source of electricity to perform daily job functions. Some employees like engineers and electricians work with electricity directly while others such as office workers and sales people work with electricity indirectly.  Electrical shock, electrocution, fires and explosions are all risks workers are exposed to day-to-day.  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes these hazards and has designed standards to protect employees from potential injuries. Below are a few electrical hazards prevention tips

  • Protection provided by insulation

Shocks, fires and short circuits could all be prevented by using insulators such as glass, mica, rubber, or plastic to coat metals and other conductors to reduce the flow of electrical current. Effective insulation must be suitable for the voltage used and other environmental factors like moisture, oil, gasoline, corrosive fumes or other substances that could cause the insulator to fail.

  • Guarding electric equipment

Guarding involves locating or enclosing electric equipment to make sure people don’t accidently come into contact with it. Ensuring only authorized employees qualified to work with electrical equipment has access to it is part of effective guarding.

  • Grounding

Grounding an electrical tool or system means to intentionally create a low-resistance path that connects to the earth which prevents the buildup of voltages that could cause an electrical accident. OSHA recommends using guarding as secondary protective measure to substantially reduce the risk of electrical hazards.

  • Circuit Protection

Circuit protection devices limit or stop the flow of current automatically in the event of ground fault, overload, or short circuit in the wiring system. Fuses, circuit breakers, ground-fault circuit interrupters, and arc-fault circuit interrupters are all examples of circuit protection devices.

Unintentionally ignoring electrical hazards can lead to serious bodily injuries. By taking proper precaution when dealing with tools or areas that have potential electrical hazards, you ensure that you create a safe and healthful environment for employees.

At Nova Medical Centers, we solely focus on occupational health. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional services and helping our clients prioritize their health and safety above all else. We ensure clients are up-to-dated with OSHA regulations at our Nova Lunch and Learns . Contact us for more information about any of our services. Our skilled and friendly staff members are ready to meet all your occupational health needs.

Written by Nayda Sanchez

3 Overlooked Manufacturing Hazards – Training and safety procedures reduce risks

Safety in the manufacturing industry has improved drastically over the last several decades, but when it comes to safety you should never settle with current working conditions. Regular evaluation should be implemented at the workplace.  Many factors contribute to manufacturing hazards so it may be hard to find a starting point. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Below is a list of three commonly overlooked manufacturing hazards and prevention tips:

Noise

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA) fact sheet, noise-related hearing loss is one the top concerns of workers.  Noise standards for workplaces have been established by OSHA in order to help prevention of hearing loss. If workers are exposed to time-weighted average noise level of 85 decibels or higher over an 8-hour work shift, employers are required to have a hearing conservation program in place.  Ensuring equipment is maintained and lubricated daily contributes to lowering noise levels and providing ear plugs and other personal equipment to employees offers protection against hearing loss.

Burns

Workplace burns are caused by open flames, hot objects, explosions, chemicals, electrical sources and sun exposure. Wearing personal protective equipment, using fire prevention tactics and having procedures and emergency action plans related to fire safety all lower the hazards when workers are exposed to burn risk.  Electrical sources, high-voltage areas and machinery should all be clearly labeled to avoid burns.

Strains

Unsafe lifting techniques, the strain associated with standing for long periods, and using repetitive motions to complete tasks cause symptoms of serious musculoskeletal disorders   (MSD). Injuries to the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and nerves are all included in MSD. Workers can reduce the strain by practicing safe lifting techniques such as lifting with your legs instead of your back or pivoting your feet instead of twisting with your body when you need to turn. Ensuring workers have access to dollies, carts and other lift aids will also in protecting workers from developing MSD.

Training workers, creating safety plans and providing appropriate personal protective equipment reduces risks of injuries working in manufacturing. Staying aware of potential hazards and being precautious creates a safer workplace for employees.

Nova Medical Centers  specializes in Occupational Health. We understand the importance of informing employers and employees about OSHA regulations and safety.  Our sole focus on occupational health allows us to provide exceptional services to our patients. Contact us  for more information. Our friendly staff and team of experts are here to meet all your occupational health needs.

Written by Nayda Sanchez

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