Electrical hazards in your facility require the proper attention from safety managers when creating safety programs.
Here are some electrical safety tips to protect your employees from electrical hazards.
Electrical Safety is important, any workplace and position can be affected by electricity. Before you begin your day make note of any electrical equipment you may come in contact with and ensure that it is properly grounded before use.
Standing in any type of wetness while using an electrical device of any kind is not a good idea. Try to avoid it whenever possible, this includes stationary equipment, power tools, tablets, mobile phones, etc.
Assume power lines are always energized whenever your work brings you to an area where you need to be around them. This includes any situation that your delivery crews may encounter at a customer’s home. Use non-conductive materials, and tools when near them.
Practice a standard operating procedure in electrical safety by bringing any machine being worked on to complete zero, fully de-energized before beginning repair or services. (Unplug it from the power source if possible).
After bringing a machine to complete zero for servicing, always use proper lock out protocol to prevent co-workers from re-energizing a machine while it is being worked on.
Never wear rings, watches, wristbands, or use metallic pencils or rulers while working with electrical equipment.
Ask can this job be completed with one hand? Only using one hand to work reduces the chances of electricity going through the chest cavity in the event of an accident.
If a spill happens on or near a machine do not try to clean it up until the machine is shut down completely and unplugged.
Never touch electrical equipment unless you are specifically instructed to do so. It is advisable to consider the use of electrical safety signs, and make sure your hands are not wet or sweating and as precaution.
Stay up to date on regulations or requirements to be in compliance with relevant regulatory agencies. As changes are released, regularly to see what your facility should now be doing differently to ensure maximum workplace electrical safety.
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Do you train your staff on the importance using the products to keep them safe? Are you guilty of not bothering to provide the correct protections because you think it could “never happen at my store”? For starters: IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU OR YOUR EMPLOYEES! Second, follow these simple tips to keep your employees safe!
Protect the head from traumatic brain injuries, they make up 22% of all work related fatalities. Even in a furniture warehouse the danger is real from falling object hazards. Espically if you employ any type of rack or overhead merchandise storage. Hard hats are broken down into 2 types and 3 classes, provide a hat that best fits the falling object hazard for your facility.
Measurement standards should be appropriate for the noise levels and spectral content specific to the environment being regulated. Meeting requirements is not enough. Even prolonged exposure to low frequency tonal noise (Low hum) can still be harmful. If you have any type of machinery in your facility that make loud operational noise from compactors to industrial shredders, hearing protection needs to be provided to your employees. Additional protections such as active ear defenders should be considered in areas of excessive of ongoing noise.
When working around airborne particles or debris, be sure to wear the proper respirator for the hazard and change filters frequently. The life of these filters will vary depending on the concentration of the hazard, the storage conditions and age of the filter. Areas of concern in a typical furniture warehouse will be the touch up areas here aerosols are sprayed or use of vapor releasing topcoats or chemicals are employed. Don’t forget about areas that generate a lot of dust like compactors or industrial shredders.
1 in 5 workplace injuries are back related and 33% of injuries can be reduced with strength testing for appropriate tasks and proper lifting technique training. Avoid the common causes of force, repetition, and posture.
72% of hand injuries were a result of hands not wearing gloves. Hazards associated with machinery and cutting are at the top of the list when it comes to workplace hand injuries, when reviewing and selecting gloves make note of flexibility, grip, cut and puncture resistance, chemical resistance and degradation. The appropriate gloves can also reduce losing grip on merchandise that could result in crushing damage to an employee’s foot or damage to the merchandise itself.
Crushed, punctured, burned, shocked, sprained or broken. While often forgotten about, foot protection is just as important as the protection of the rest of your body, your footwear should provide both comfort and protection to ward off the hazards lurking around your facility. When lifting, moving or transporting furniture either individually or palletized, steel toe footwear can make the difference between an inconvenient merchandise drop and the loss of a productive employee.
With a few mindful employee training sessions and by supplying the appropriate safety gear you can keep your staff safe and productive.
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