How to Innovate as a Safety Professional

In order for a safety professional to be more prepared for every situation, they’ll need to be innovative in finding what works best for each situation, and the more perspectives they relieve, the better prepared they will be. 

The only problem is that being innovative can be challenging, that’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply  want to share with you a few tips we’ve found helpful in pushing ourselves to be more innovative. 

According to J.A. Rodriques with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, “Innovation is how you look at the world around you, how you process that information and then how you take it to your employer and apply it to your work environment.” In order to become a more innovative safety professional you need an innovative mindset as it’s not the supplies that create innovation, it’s the thought process. 

You also need to stop making assumptions because if your assumption is incorrect it could cause damage to your product, the reputation of the company, or even your own reputation. Safety professionals must always be cautious. 

Rodriques also pointed out that these things lead to innovation, “Hard work, persistence, late nights, rejections, sacrifices, discipline, criticism, doubts, failure and risks.”  By doing this you can foster a culture of innovation in your workplace. So be the example in your workplace, lead by example. You can spark innovation in those around you, by demonstrating innovation. 

If you and your safety professional are looking for some innovation, try taking a safety class here at Safety Solutions and Supply. You can also come in and speak to our team of safety professionals for any application questions you may have. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
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Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Living in Florida, it is vital to have a plan in place for Hurricane season. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to share a few steps with you to help you put together a plan for the benefit of yourself and your employees. 

  • Create an Evacuation Plan

The first step is to create an evacuation plan that includes a chain of command, emergency functions and who will perform them, specific evacuation procedures, as well as plans to make sure everyone is safe. According to OSHA, “Some businesses are required to have an Emergency Action Plan meeting the requirement under 29 CFR 1910.38.”

  • Know what the Terms Mean

There are two terms so be sure to not get them mixed up. Hurricane/Tropical Storm watch means a hurricane or tropical storm is possible in the specific area. While a Hurricane/ Tropical Storm warning means that a hurricane or tropical storm is expected to reach the area within 24 hours.

  • Be Properly Equipped

You’ll also want to make sure you and your employees are properly equipped. You can do this by building a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit which includes water, food, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, first aid fit, batteries, as well as a cell phone with backup battery, and local maps.

  • Host Training Exercises

As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.” So be sure to train your employees on what to do in case of an emergency and practice evacuation plans on a regular basis. You can also use the lessons you learned from these exercises to update the evacuation plan accordingly. 

We all know that hurricanes are commonplace in Florida, so be sure to have your plan in place sooner rather than later. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. Be safe out there. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com  

Confined Spaces Heightens Coronavirus Risk

Protecting your employees should always be your first priority. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to share with you the newly developing risk of working in confined spaces. 

According to a report published by the Corona National Information and Knowledge Center, the chances of contracting coronavirus are much higher when working in confined spaces. It has been proven that the virus is spread through respiratory particles that are released when people cough, sneeze, or speak. It is also said that the more people there are in a confined space, the chances of the virus spreading also increases. Reports suggest that the virus could be contained if wearing masks became the standard.

In order to properly protect your employees, try providing them with masks when they are required to work in confined spaces. We also have confined space fans to set up your next confined space entry to help keep airflow going. 

If you or your employee work in confined spaces, we here at  Safety Solutions and Supply have the necessary PPE, so come in and speak to our  team of safety professionals for any application questions you may have. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com  

Business and Employers responding to COVID

COVID-19 has impacted so many of our individual lives and businesses, and several business owners are unsure of what the future holds. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply, want to share with you how we are following the CDC guidelines to take the proper safety steps and social distancing precautions. 

  • Prevent and reduce transmission among your employees

You can do this by making sure your employees have access to all the current information available. Remind them that there are 3 reasons to stay home. First, if they have symptoms, second, if someone in the household has COVID-19, third, if they’ve had contact with any who has COVID. You can also reduce transmission by encouraging your employees to wash their hands often, avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

  • Maintain healthy business operations

The CDC recommends identifying a coordinator who will be responsible for COVID-19 issues and their impact at the workplace and implementing sick leave policies and practices that are flexible and supportive.  You’ll also want to establish social distancing policies and practices such as flexible worksites, hours, and meeting options. In addition to modifying the workplace, to increase physical space and using signs to indicate where to stand. 

  • Maintain a healthy work environment

The CDC recommends modifying your ventilation systems, ensuring the safety of the water system, and supplying employees and customers with needed supplies to clean hands and cover coughs. 

We know how difficult COVID has made our ability to be as efficient as before, but by following these recommendations that the CDC has put in place, you will be well on your way to a safer workplace. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com

Plan, Provide, Train: 3 Ways to Prevent Falls

Did you know that according to BLS data in 2018, there were 320 fatal falls during construction fatalities? With the proper training, planning and provided equipment these deaths are preventable. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to share with you OSHA’s 3 step plan to prevent falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. 

  • PLAN
    Planning your safety measures ahead of time will help ensure that the job will be done safely. Be sure to evaluate how the job will be done, the tasks necessary to complete it, and the equipment that will be needed for each task. 
  • PROVIDE
    As an employer, you should always make sure to provide your employees the proper safety equipment. This equipment is not limited to but includes the proper ladders, scaffolds, and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as fall arrest systems and harnesses. 
  • TRAIN
    Every employee should be properly trained before they begin a job and the training should be reinforced periodically as we humans tend to forget things or take shortcuts. Training should include proper set-up and use of equipment as well as any hazards they may experience on the job.  

By following these 3 steps OSHA has put in place, you will be well on your way to a safer workplace by limiting and helping to prevent unnecessary death due to falls. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com  

10 worker safety and productivity tips for 2020

We live in a world where our communities, generations, and technology is constantly changing and as employers we have to find a way to stay on top of these changes in order to effectively operate a safe workplace. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to share a few tips with you.

  • Focus on improving safety maturity- Safety maturity is improving safety culture, procedures, and processes, and use of technology to achieve higher productivity and safety. Start by assessing your own safety maturity and find the improvements needed to improve your goals.  
  • Security risk- Safety and security assessments should be implemented on all systems as part of a comprehensive risk management program. Professionals should work with IT to make sure asset risks are there to help protect intellectual property residing in industrial control systems.
  • Improve collaboration- Taking a collaborative approach to safety is often key to critical business issues. Different departments are often divided and this division can often result in reduced safety and productivity. When collaboration initiatives are put into effect, a workplace will experience lower incident rates. 
  • Assess risk early- The design process is the perfect time to assess risk and change the design to minimize the risk. Then assess the risk again after the machine is in place.
  • Design ergonomic machinery- Diverse workforces means that machinery must be adaptable. As our world continues to change, contemporary safety systems and machinery design techniques must be considered.
  • Find alternative measures – Productivity does not need to be affected by safety. Alternative measures can help improve productivity by reducing Lockout/tagout downtime while still maintaining proper safety.
  • Bring safety into a connected enterprise- Digital technologies are able to help safety professionals understand the workers behavior, machinery compliance, causes of safety shutdown, and safety trends. This will allow them to improve safety compliance. 
  • Make safety integral- Safety-rated inputs, logic and output devices to reduce risks, improve productivity and information should all be included in your control system.
  • Implement smart safety systems- Smart safety devices can help reduce your wiring, design, cost, and unscheduled downtime. Smart systems also help control machine access.

  • Build your safety expertise- Having staff on hand with expertise in current safety standards will help your business exceed safety protocols. 

While this world is constantly changing, be sure to keep up with the proper safety measurements. If you have any additional questions or need any training services, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply,  or give us a call here at 866-537-2262 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com 

Fall Protection Products Market seeking Excellent Growth

The Global Market Insights just published a new research report projecting an excellent growth in the Industrial Fall Protection Equipment Market and there are quite a few reasons why this is so. 

Increased regulations – It is said that there will be an increase in government regulations and standards regarding worker safety in certain industries, and that these regulations will help accelerate industry growth and require employers to provide equipment to help prevent falls. 

Increased construction – A 6% increase in the equipment market is expected due to the increasing construction activities in the region. There is a rise in the development of commercial and residential buildings as well as bridges, roads, public utilities and hospitals. All of these projects require fall protection products. 

Increase in Oil and Gas – Another 7% increase is expected from the rising energy demands from the oil and gas companies. Because Fall Protection Equipment helps ensure the workers safety during pipe positioning, maintenance, and rig setup operations, there is expected to be a further boost in the fall protection equipment market.

Infrastructure Facilities – Body belts are expected to surpass 360 million by 2024 because of the increasing government investment in certain infrastructure facilities. Because these products also prevent drops from elevated platforms, ensure proper worker positioning, and assist with full body harnesses, they are expecting to see an increase in the market.

If your company is involved in any of these areas of construction, be sure to get your fall protection equipment in place for your employees. If you have any additional questions, or need further training services, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com  

5 Workplace Safety Precautions Employers Need

Did you know that companies in the US on average end up paying $62 billion on workplace injuries? If you are a forman, manager, or owner of a business, your number one priority should be the safety of your employees. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply have included 5 workplace safety precautions for you to remember. 

  • Properly train your employees.
    If your employees are properly trained you will have a significantly less chance of any accidents in the workplace. Your employees should be trained on what their job description entails and all the workplace safety protocols that go with their job. This training should happen before the employee begins working, as well as periodically throughout the year for all of your experienced employees. 
  • Clean up
    The saying goes, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” It is so important to have a clean workplace as messy environments easily lead to accidents. Have proper clean up procedures listed around the workplace for spills and storage. Also be sure to check for disorganized tools, tangled cords, or dirty floors. 
  • Have emergency procedures in place
    Even though we strive for the ultimate safe workplace, accidents do happen. So be sure to have an emergency procedure in place. Your employees should be educated on how to handle situations such as a fire, active shooter, or chemical spill. Be sure they are properly educated how to handle any situation. 
  • Make sure you employees have the correct PPE
    You employees should also be properly equipped, so be sure they have the correct PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, for their job requirements. This PPE could include goggles, mask, slip resistant shoes, etc. The proper equipment is key to a safe workplace.
  • Have signs and labels in place.
    We as humans are often forgetful. Employers can help by placing informational signage around the workplace to remind the employees how to implement a safe workplace. 

 

A safe workplace is an efficient one. So be sure to implement these safety tips around your place and if you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com  

Industrial Standards for the Temperature in Employee Work Areas

Did you know that the productivity of your workplace can be affected by air quality and room temperature? In order to keep your workplace as efficient and up to code as possible, we here at Safety Solutions and Supply would like to share the following standards and considerations with you. 

  1. Air Treatment Standards.
    OSHA recommends that the minimum temperature for indoor workplaces be 68 degree Fahrenheit and the maximum be 76 degrees Fahrenheit. They also recommend that the indoor humidity is between 20 and 60 percent. 
  2. Outdoor Workplace Standards
    While there is no set temperature for outdoor employees such as those who work in construction or landscaping, there are set recommendations for providing the needed resources for employees to prevent any heat illnesses. If you need further info, OSHA provides free resources to help small businesses comply with their state’s plan. 
  3. Employee Rights
    OSHA requires all employers to display a poster about worker’s rights to a safe and healthy workplace. If a company has extreme temperature, it is the employees right to report them. 
  4. Practical workplace considerations.
    Newer buildings will find it easier to incorporate these standards while some older buildings may have to use alternate plans to comply with their federal laws. Organization in older buildings have had to implement telecommuting, rotating shifts, or even temporary relocation during extreme weather conditions.

No matter which building you are in, make it a point to keep your employees healthy and your workplace safe. By doing this you will have a more productive workplace. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com  

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