In the state of California, all employers are legally obliged to ensure that their employees have a safe and healthy work environment. The rule is based on the California Occupational and Health Act of 1973 and it also includes the necessity of effective IIP or Injury and Illness Prevention plans. These regulations are applicable to almost all employers in the state…Continue
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Ionizing radiation can have a permanent impact on our bodies on an atomic level and can literally change our DNA. When this radiation comes in contact with cells, any of the following may happen:
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A number of line workers fail to return home each year. They say goodbye to their loved ones only to lose their lives working on or near power lines.
At any given time, these workers are exposed to occupational hazards that can either leave them with paralyzing injuries or prove fatal. According to OSHA, some of these hazards include:
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Workers who maintain or install communication towers have to climb towers with the aid of ladders and other support structures. Their workplace is about 100 feet in the air in excess of 2000 feet and they have to work in all weather conditions.
Needless to say, workers who work on communication towers are constantly exposed to a number of hazards. Some of the common ones include:
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If you have ever held a job in your life, stress is no stranger to you. Even if you love your profession, there are days when you just can’t wait to get home and unwind. Pressures from meeting deadlines on time, meetings, and even answering emails can take a heavy toll on your physical and emotional state.
To prevent it from overwhelming you, here are some things you can do to eliminate stressors in your life:
If work is getting too much for…Continue
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Welding fumes are toxic fumes which have different compositions depending on the materials that are being welded. This is why most of them contain harmful contaminants that can harm the lungs when inhaled. Limited exposure can still lead to debilitating health effects such as:
The mining industry is rife with dangers many of which cause serious health concerns for miners. These include:
Blasting and drilling operations dislodge debris in the form of dust particles that are small enough to be inhaled. With persistent exposure, this can cause pneumoconiosis, a lung disease which is incurable. The silica in the dust…Continue
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Fencing at construction sites is necessary since it keeps both workers and the general public safe from mishaps on site. If there aren’t any clear boundaries marking off a zone, anyone can wander in and get seriously hurt. With the right precautions in place you can avoid costly lawsuits, fines, deaths and stress.
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Oil spills can wreak havoc on the environment and cause irreversible damage if they aren’t controlled in a timely manner. However, emergency responders need to be trained to react to emergencies quickly and efficiently to prevent more damage. The type of training they receive should depend on their proximity to the spill and whether they need to stop, contain or recover oil from release.
For instance, workers who are assigned as early responders to an oil spill should be given more…Continue
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Even though the number of fatalities in the mining industry have reduced in the US, incidents involving heavy machinery and mobile equipment that are used in mines have increased in numbers. These are common in mines that are poorly supervised or have insufficient safety measures.
Some of the common heavy equipment accidents in the industry…Continue
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A construction project requires a number of professionals with a diverse range of skills to complete. Here are some of them who are critical to its success:
Building service engineers ensure that the structure is more than just its walls and roof. They ensure that it is outfitted with everything the residents need to remain…Continue
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Workers from practically all trades, from factory workers to roofers, carpenters, auto mechanics, plumbers, and others are in danger of being exposed to asbestos on the job. Studies prove that individuals exposed to the mineral for most of their lives are at…Continue
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health or Cal/OSHA is responsible for enforcing workplace safety standards in the state. According to the laws of the state, all employers have to have an effective and running IIPP or Injury and Illness Prevention Program in place that can prevent health and safety issues in the workplace. This includes but is not limited to plans for workplace hazards, safety communication, and safety training programs.…Continue
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Many jobs require workers to be exposed to cold weather. These include your local postman, couriers, utility repairmen, construction, sanitation and road repair.
Employers of these workers are required to limit exposure to cold when temperatures are…
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Safe Work Procedures for Working inside and Around a Tank
Inspecting, cleaning and repairing large storage tanks are jobs for those who have been properly trained. These tanks may be located above or below ground.
In either case, facility owners where tanks exist must be certain their employees understand safe…
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Employees in labor industries who are required to undergo underground storage tank (UST) training need to understand the key points in the training courses related to tank spill protection.
Employees who operate tank equipment or perform environmental testing procedures also need training in UST safety and spill protection measures. These employees should…
Added by Jam Blanco on January 18, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments
It is very hazardous for pregnant women to be exposed to chemical factors while working. Let's take a look at some of the hazards that chemical exposure has for a pregnant woman and ways they can try to avoid it.
Exposures to some chemical hazards have results that can affect the fertility of the parents, and cause problems for the fetus…Continue
Work violence risks exist in virtually every workplace for a variety of reasons. They occur as employee to employee threats, physical attacks, verbal assaults, threats of physical abuse and homicide. In the U.S., two million employees each year experience some form of work violence.
Risks of Work Violence
In terms of actual…
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One of the major safety concerns for construction managers is compliance with OSHA standards for tower cranes. These types of cranes are used mainly in the construction of tall buildings. However, they can also be used short term for construction of pollution control equipment in industrial processing, such as industrial baghouses and scrubber towers.
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Electrical hazards are dangerous in nature, but are also incredibly simple to avoid as long as proper guidelines and practices are being observed in the workplace. Today, we’ll revisit why electrocution remains a red flag for many companies, and how misused electrical equipment continue to be one of the most common sources of electrical hazards on…Continue