Lead Awareness

Hazard Communications

Lead (Pb) is a heavy metal that can threaten the health of workers in many occupations. Lead can be inhaled or swallowed and once inside the body tends to remain in tissue and organs. Eventually, after repeated exposures, lead build-up becomes toxic.

You can be exposed to lead in a variety of ways, including:

Breathing workplace air (lead smelting, refining and manufacturing... Read More...

Tight Enough?

Small Tools

Working on machines as we do, we have to loosen and tighten nuts, screws, bolts and the like as we’re setting up and making adjustments to the machines. Some of us have a tendency to “put our all” into it as we tighten up those bolts.

There may be something satisfying about pulling a wrench as hard as you can until it won’t move another hair . . . however you... Read More...

Arc Flash Explosions

Electrical Hazards

Every day in the United States five to 10 arc flash explosions occur in electrical equipment. Anyone exposed to such explosions is at significant risk for death or serious injury.

Arc flash is described by the National Fire Protection Association as “a dangerous condition associated with the release of energy caused by an electric arc.” A reduction of the insulation or isolation... Read More...

Auditing Ourselves

Behavioral Safety

When the word audit is mentioned, people generally think of a negative experience, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax audit or of a confrontation. However, it is possible for audits to be positive.

First, let's consider the definition of audit. Audit: A systematic or methodical review; to examine with intent to verify.

Audits can apply to your job. From a safety standpoint... Read More...

Electrical Hand Tool Safety

Small Tools

Employees using electric tools must be aware of several dangers; the most serious is the possibility of electrocution.

Among the chief hazards of electric-powered tools are burns and slight shocks which can lead to injuries or even heart failure. Under certain conditions, even a small amount of current can result in fibrillation of the heart and eventual death. A shock also can cause... Read More...

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