Be Careful Out There! Safety in the Cold

How to keep safe during the cold weather season.

Via EHS Today:

This time of year, I know better than to leave the house unprepared for cold weather and icy road conditions, but are we ever truly prepared for that first blast of winter weather? Last year, our first major snowstorm fell long before the official start of winter.

Read Cold Weather Safety Here.

Exposure for Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

Via the CDC:

A dedicated and hard-working nurse is going through a normal shift. Checking vital signs, updating medical records, administering medications, comforting patients, drawing blood samples, inserting IVs, and then OUCH! What just happened? Is that a red dot underneath the glove? This can’t be right…

From the NIOSH Science Blog.

Another Cintas Worker Dies In Incident Related to Industrial Dryer

Tragic. Via EHS Today:

A second Cintas employee in less than 5 years has been killed in an incident involving an industrial dryer. Kevin Burgess of Louisville, Ky., was killed Oct. 28 while servicing an industrial dryer at the company’s facility in the Louisville area. The local coroner has ruled that Burgess died of blunt force trauma.

Read the EHS Today Article here.

New Chairman at OSHA

From OSHA: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced that Erich J. (Pete) Stafford has been appointed as the new chair of the agency’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).
“Pete’s wealth of knowledge and experience on a wide range of construction health and safety matters makes him an ideal choice to chair this important committee,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We appreciate his commitment to protect the welfare of our nation’s construction workers and look forward to his leadership.”

Read the full article here.

Drive Safely Work Week

Happy Thursday! 

In our ongoing effort to prevent employee injuries, we call to your attention to an excellent new program developed by the US Department of Transportation in partnership with The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS.) 2011 “Drive Safely Work Week” – October 3-7. For a free downloadable toolkit, go to the NETS website

If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact the Lovell Safety Department at 212-709-8899 or visit us at! Be safe!

Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors

From the CDC, a terrific article on nail gun safety: 

Nail guns are widely used on many construction jobs, especially in residential construction. While they boost productivity they may also cause tens of thousands of painful injuries each year. This publication is intended to provide a resource for residential home builders and construction contractors, subcontractors, and supervisors to prevent these kinds of injuries.
The guidance was developed in response to a unanimous motion by industry, state, and labor stakeholders on OSHA’s Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) on the need to develop awareness and materials about nail gun risks. OSHA and NIOSH worked together to make sure the guidance reflects the most current information available…
View a message from the Directors of NIOSH and OSHA supporting the nail gun safety guidance. NIOSH-OSHA-Nail-Guns-Cover-Letter.pdf [PDF – 289 KB]

Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors [PDF – 1,618 KB]

Thank you as always to the good folks at NIOSH publications and CDC for useful and timely info!

Summary of the Making Green Jobs Safe Workshop

The good folks at CDC NIOSH have a pdf summary of their Making Green Jobs Safe Workshop here.

…The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), through the Prevention through Design Program, launched the Going Green: Safe and Healthy Jobs initiative to make sure that green jobs are good for workers by integrating worker safety and health sustainability. Green jobs, which have been defined broadly as jobs that help improve the environment and enhance sustainability, offer opportunities as well as challenges for workers. Examples of green jobs include manufacture, installation, and maintenance of solar panels and generators; construction and maintenance of wind energy turbines; jobs related to recycling; jobs related to the manufacture of green products; and jobs where green products are used in traditional fields such as agriculture, healthcare, and the service sector. In some instances, the hazards to workers may be similar to those in established industries. However, some green and sustainable practices may pose new health concerns for workers.

Heat Safety Tool

Via U.S. Department of Labor — when you’re working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it — right on your mobile phone. 

The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple “click,” you can get reminders about theprotective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness—reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Stay informed and safe in the heat, check your risk level.

For more information about safety while working in the heat, see OSHA’s heat illness webpage, including newonline guidance about using the heat index to protect workers.