Whether you are an expectant parent, parents of little ones or a new homebuyer, significant life changes can be exciting. During this time of joy and anticipation, it may be easy to overlook home hazards lurking throughout your home, though. Unfortunately, everyday items in houses may pose a potential danger to children, adults or even our pets. The good news is, with a bit of extra preparedness, you can keep potential danger away and maintain a safe haven for all household members and guests.
A heavier ladder doesn’t make a safer ladder. Although there are plenty of heavy ladders that are safe to use, the product’s weight doesn’t determine stability or durability. Grandpa’s old ladder may weigh 70 lbs., yet still work like a charm, but that doesn’t mean all ladders have to feel that way. With the improvements to manufacturing that have occurred over the past 20+ years, ladder manufacturers (Little Giant, included) have made ladders that weigh a fraction of what they used to while having a carrying capacity that exceeds that of the old ladders.
Serious injury can lead to life-threatening blood loss within minutes. Being prepared to provide lifesaving care when the unexpected happens requires more than a first aid kit. Here are some frequently asked questions about emergency bleed control situations that may help save a life. Remember the ABC’s of bleeding control when you arrive on the scene:
A. Alert Call 9-1-1 or tell someone to call 9-1-1.
B. Bleeding Find the bleeding injury
C. Compress Apply pressure to stop the bleeding
From the time a person sets foot on your property to the time they leave, their safety is your responsibility. But safety programs not only protect your employees and visitors; they also protect your bottom line. The National Safety Council estimated that work-related deaths and injuries cost the nation, employers, and individuals $151 billion in 2016. That includes workers’ compensation claims, OSHA fines, lawsuits, equipment damage, and the cost of lost productivity, and hiring and training replacement workers.
Excavation/trenching work is inherently dangerous. Prior to starting work at a jobsite, employees must be informed of the potential hazards that may exist in their work environment. In addition to knowing how to recognize hazards, they need to know how to avoid unsafe conditions. OSHA and State safety regulations require employers to train and educate workers to recognize and protect themselves from hazardous conditions. How can an employer expect their people to work safely if they are not aware of what constitutes an unsafe condition and/or what conditions exist?
ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 is the latest update of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 revision which is the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear. An area of the standard that remains is the Flame Resistance (FR) portion. This doesn’t mean that all High Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA) must be FR, but it does mean that if HVSA is marketed as compliant with ANSI 107, the garment must meet specific FR standards in order to claim Flame Resistance on the ANSI 107 label.