Category: Safety

Worker on ground after falling from platform

Holiday Hazards: Falls from Elevations

Ah, the holidays! Twinkly lights, evergreen wreaths, chirpy music, family gatherings … and hazards that don’t apply to any other time of year. The Facilities Management Daily Advisor’s upcoming series on holiday hazards will help you remind your workers of the hazards their holiday activities can present, both in and out of the workplace. The best […]

Office workers in surgical masks with coughing coworker.

Flu Protection: Respirators vs. Surgical Masks

The 2018–2019 flu season is fully upon us and, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), may continue well beyond the beginning of spring 2019. February is typically the peak month (by a large margin) in the flu season. This can be a high-risk period for workers in healthcare facilities where sick people […]

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Slips, Trips, and Falls: Some Effective Interventions

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents—and the vast majority are actually falls on the same level, not 30-foot falls from a roof or some other height. Falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as […]

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NSC Analysis of CDC Data Shows Rise in Accidental Death

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been making headlines lately, most of them referring to the decrease in life expectancy in the U.S. due to suicide and drug overdose. The National Safety Council (NSC) found in the numbers another disturbing trend that is of concern to EHS professionals—a rise in […]

Facility manager shakes hand with OSHA inspector.

OSHA’s On-Site Consultations Save Money, Reduce Injuries

In August 2018, OSHA issued a “working paper” that comprised the Agency’s first assessment of the “societal benefits” of its On-Site Consultation (OSC) program. The benefits come in multiple forms—workplace hazards identified, injuries avoided, and monetary benefits, including worker income not lost and costs avoided for employers and workers’ compensation.

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The Cost of Catastrophe: Making a Business Case for Facility Improvements

The West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas operated out of a building that was originally constructed in 1961, and the facility was expanded, piecemeal, over the next 52 years. However, its underlying construction remained the same: a wood-framed building with asphalt shingles and plywood bins for storing fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) and other bulk agricultural […]

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Tips for Outdoor Winter Work at Your Facility

Winter is approaching fast, and many parts of the country are already seeing snow. With the seasonal changes come the hazards of outdoor work in cold conditions, snow and ice removal, and other dangers. At its Winter Weather resource site, OSHA lists 10 common winter weather hazards that employers should train employees to recognize.

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Be Safe When Decorating Your Facility for the Holidays!

Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to get your facility ready for the next holidays, which means one thing: decorating. Between the lights, trees, wreaths, menorahs, etc., there are a number of safety considerations to make before your decorating committee starts dragging the decorations out of storage. According to the National […]