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 

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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Multiple Approaches to Managing Workplace Safety and Health

When proper safety and health guidelines are not in place, it can lead to workplace accidents or even worse the fatality of an employee. This could not only claim human life but will also disrupt operation, damage equipment and harm the company’s reputation. In order to keep your employees safe, we would like to share some approaches you can take towards managing your workplace safety and health. 

  1. Legislative Approach
    This approach allows you to maintain safety through regulations and laws. These laws are in place to protect your employees from workplace hazards. This approach can be used as a basic set of minimum requirements but in order to achieve a high level of safety, you’ll want to look beyond just complying with legal requirements. 
  2. Technological Approach
    This approach can also be considered the Engineering Approach. The technological aspect can offer solutions to improve safety by eliminating or reducing workplace risks. 
  3. Safety Management System Approach
    This is a highly recognized approach on top of the technological approach. This can be defined as a set of policies, procedures and resources that interact to minimize losses and damage. The main objective is to control risk with an acceptable range in specific operations. This approach must be integrated daily to encourage the safe behavior of the employees. 
  4. Psychological Approach
    This approach emphasizes human factors such as behavior, perception, and attitude. Researchers have found that human factors play a big role in industrial disasters.  So, by managing the psychological aspect of your employees, you can improve your levels of safety performance and reduce your accident rates.

These four approaches are a step in the right direction toward managing safety and health in the workplace. When they are implemented, they will help achieve excellence in the occupational safety and health of your employees.

If you have any additional questions about safety management in your workplace, we here at Safety Solutions and Supply offer different training services for you and your employees. If you need to talk to someone about the above information or our training services feel free to call us 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  

Trends in … Ladders

Did you know that according to OSHA, one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in the workplace are falls from portable ladders? Because of this, safety companies have taken the initiative to find innovations to make the ladder a safer piece of equipment. These  improvements are focused on reducing injury by finding solutions to the most common causes of ladder injuries. Here are some of the improvements you might notice: 

 

  • Weight reduction
    The addition in lightweight fiberglass materials have allowed ladder companies to make lighter ladders and therefore reduce injuries as a high percentage of ladder injuries occur because of the size and weight of the larger ladders. By making them more lightweight, it will prevent any unnecessary injury due to size. 
  • Ground Cue
    Have you ever stepped off of the ladder before getting to the bottom step? This is a very common injury related accident as it has caused twisted ankles, backward falls, or even bruising. To prevent injuries like these, ladder companies have changed the bottom step of the ladder so that it clicks when stepped on it. This will signal the user that it is safe to step off.  

 

  • Additional stability
    Workplace conditions do not always allow for level ground and employees have had to use bricks, boards, etc to help level their ladder. This is an accident waiting to happen, that is why ladder companies are starting to manufacture ladders equipped with leveling devices to provide a wider, level base.

Ladders are an essential piece of equipment for many businesses, and we here at Safety Solutions and Supply are here to help. If you have any questions regarding ladder safety or any additional training services, feel free to contact us here at 866-537-2262.


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

RAMP Safety Basics

Are you looking to build a stronger safety culture in your work environment? We here at Safety Solutions and Supply would like to share with you our knowledge about the RAMP program. RAMP is an acronym that stands for: Recognize, Assess, Minimize, and Prepare. You can do that by following the below tips. 

  • Recognizing hazards
    You can recognize the hazard by first understanding the nature of it and identifying the most important physical hazards from equipment, conditions, and procedures. When you know this, you can place it in a category such as flammable, explosive, corrosive, oxidizer, irritant, or toxicant. 
  • Assessing the risks of hazards
    You can assess the risk by considering how you might be exposed and what the result of the exposure would be, or by creating your own experiment. 
  • Minimizing the risks of hazards
    After assessing the risk, think about how you might minimize the risk of exposure through the use of equipment (PPE), techniques, and procedures. 
  • Preparing for emergencies
    It goes without saying that you should always be prepared. Whether it’s an accidental spill or maybe even a fire, you should be aware and knowledgeable about how to contain any accidents. So, have a plan in place and know how to execute it. 

The RAMP concept provides a framework for making chemical safety an integral part of every workplace. Which could greatly help you improve the safety culture for your employees. If you are in need of any training services, let us help you. Give us a call today at 866-537-2262 or visit us online at Safety Solutions and Supply

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 

Benefits of Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. According to OSHA, “If your workplace contains any contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards, then you need to have a PPE program in place.” This means having an abundant supply of equipment such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits on hand for your employees.

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