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Keeping it clean… Your six safety stories

By: Jay Zacharopoulos

 

Yesterday I had the opportunity to donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services office. As a first time donor, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it didn’t take long for me to notice the importance they place on tidiness and cleanliness. It goes without saying that those two things are imperative for any facility that does what they do but it made me think that it shouldn’t end there.

Regardless the location, industry or job it’s always a smart idea to keep your workplace clean and organized to prevent injuries.

A majority of injuries that occur from poor housekeeping are caused by materials, trash and debris that are left lying around. Anything left lying around becomes a slipping/tripping hazard, so it is important to always keep materials stored away.

Ensure you clean up as the work progresses rather than leaving everything until the end of the day or project. Power cords and equipment should be put away in an orderly manner as soon as you are done with them. Mud and other slick substances should be immediately wiped up to prevent dangerous slips. Greasy or oily rags are major fire hazards and should be stored in proper containers away from any open flames.

By tending to the little tasks and building progressive housekeeping habits, you are keeping your peers and yourself safe from harmful accidents.

Ok, no more procrastinating…here are your six safety stories featuring both clean workplaces and untidy accidents.

Educate yourself… The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has launched an awareness campaign encouraging those working in the construction industry to educate themselves before mandatory coverage for independent operators comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Are you prepared?… Check out some ways to ensure your workplace is prepared for a fire… good housekeeping, anyone?

Producing safety… Creative Safety Supply has created new Arc Flash products to ensure employee safety. Take a look at some of the products they’ve come up with.

An honourable record… Colorado Springs-based Stresscon Corp. was among six Colorado companies honored recently by the state Department of Labor and Employment for their outstanding workplace safety records.

What can you do?… WorkSafe Victoria has begun a 12 month campaign targeting dangerous machines in the workplace. See what recommendations they have on staying safe around heavy machinery.

In Memoriam… A workplace accident killed a young mechanic at Montreal’s Trudeau airport Friday. The 22-year-old was crushed while changing a tire on an airplane tug.

 

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