Lockout/Tagout Procedures – Why are They so Important?

9 Jul

The simple answer to the above title is that lockout/tagout procedures prevent injuries and save lives.  When any machinery or electrical equipment accidentally or unexpectedly starts, it can cause injury. 

Today in America, an estimated 21 workers will be severely injured on the job due to the release of hazardous energy.  These energies include mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, gravity or other energies utilized by machines in manufacturing.

Injuries due to hazardous energy tend to be more severe than others.  These 21 workers will suffer from lacerations, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfractures, and amputations.  What’s even worse is that an additional 15 workers will die because someone failed to follow proper lockout/tagout procedures.  Even worse than that – all of these accidents were preventable.

Everyday, you are surrounded by machines that utilize tremendous amounts of energy to stamp, press, mold, cut, drill, heat and process raw materials into the goods you manufacture.

As a machine operator, you know that machines require a certain level of upkeep to keep operations running smooth.  You also know that equipment can sometimes break down.  Simply put, machines need to be maintained and repaired.

Often repairs can’t be done without personnel working beyond the machine guards and other safeguards in place to protect you from injury.  This means that maintenance personnel must place themselves in the direct path of the hazardous energy used to manufacture products.  Turning a machine off is not enough to protect against the release of hazardous energy, however.

Another employee could come along and unknowingly turn a machine on while maintenance personnel are working on it. You may not be able to see anyone in the machine.  They may be behind it, or just out of sight. Because of this, the hazardous energy used to power the machine must be isolated.  That’s where lockout/tagout comes in.

What can be done to control hazardous energy?

Failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.

Lockout/Tagout is a system of safety procedures used to prevent the equipment from being accidentally started while servicing is taking place. Lockout refers to locks used as a physical barrier to prevent switches from being activated or valves from being turned. Tagout refers to written warnings alerting you to the fact that work is being performed on a specific piece of equipment and therefore, you should not try to operate it.

The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) establishes the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from hazardous energy. Employers are also required to train each worker to ensure that they know, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAunderstand, and are able to follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures:

  • Proper lockout/tagout practices and procedures safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy, addressing and controlling hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. Employers are also required to train each worker to ensure that they know, understand, and are able to follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures. Workers must be trained in the purpose and function of the energy control program and have the knowledge and skills required for the safe application, usage and removal of the energy control devices.
  • All employees who work in the area where the energy control procedure(s) are utilized need to be instructed in the purpose and use of the energy control procedure(s) and about the prohibition against attempting to restart or reenergize machines or equipment that is locked or tagged out.
  • All employees who are authorized to lockout machines or equipment and perform the service and maintenance operations need to be trained in recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources in the workplace, the type and magnitude of energy found in the workplace, and the means and methods of isolating and/or controlling the energy.
  • Specific procedures and limitations relating to tagout systems where they are allowed.
  • Retraining of all employees to maintain proficiency or introduce new or changed control methods.

Summit can Help!

Make sure your employees are focused to insure knowledge transfer to each employee on the proper ways to lockout/tagout a machine, as failure to correctly lockout and tagout a machine before beginning work can have deadly consequences.

Comply with OSHA training requirements and motivate workers to recognize the potential hazards of stored energy and follow established safety procedures to reduce energy release accidents in your plant. Isolation of all common forms of energy found in industry is discussed in Summit’s Lockout/Tagout programs.

Lockout/Tagout: Compliance >> 

Lockout/Tagout: Affected Employees >> 

Lockout/Tagout: Authorized Employees >>

Lockout/Tagout: Employee Awareness >>

Lockout/Tagout: Energy Control >>

Stay in control of your lockout/tagout safety training with Summit!

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It Could Happen in the Blink of an Eye – Keep Your Eyes Safe No Matter Where You Are

2 Jul

Your eyes are your windows to exploring the life around you… so it’s best not take them for granted.  Each day, an estimated 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries on the job, which not only robs many of them of their sight, but also costs employers and insurance companies millions of dollars a year.

Health experts say that 90% of all eye injuries are preventable.  Prevention is the first and most important step in protecting your EyeProtection_CloseUpeyes from injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eye-wear, such as goggles, safety glasses, or face shields.  According to the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), the leading causes of eye injury are sports accidents, fireworks, yard and workshop debris, and household chemicals.  An eye examination may be helpful in determining what type of protective eyewear is needed.  If you do experience an eye injury, seek medical attention promptly.

Summit wants you to provide you with some safety tips so you can be safe to avoid injury that may damage your ability to see. 

In the house…When using household chemicals, read instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure to point spray nozzles away from you. Many chemicals are extremely hazardous and can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, resulting in blindness.

In the workshop…Think about the work you will be doing, such as welding, hammering nails or metal, working with power tools or chemicals, and wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals. Many objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly and cause injury.  Know how to flush chemicals out, and know the location of the nearest shower or sink.

In the garden…Put on protective eyewear before you use a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger and be sure to check for rocks and stones because they can become dangerous projectiles as they shoot from these machines. Do not forget the risk to bystanders when using these machines.

In the workplace…Wear appropriate safety eyewear for your job, such as glasses, goggles, face-shields, or helmets. Many of the 2,000 employees who are injured each day didn’t think they needed eye protection or were wearing eyewear inappropriate for the job.

Around the car…Battery acid, sparks and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage your eyes. Keep protective goggles in the trunk of your car to use for those emergencies and everyday repairs.

Playing sports...Wear protective eyewear during sports such as hockey, racquetball, or paintball that involve the risk of a blow to the eye. Baseball is the most common sport to cause eye injuries. Fishhook injuries are another common cause of eye injuries.  Protective eye-wear can prevent sports-related eye injuries more than 90% of the time.

When outside… One of the greatest threats to your eyes is invisible. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer.  When spending time outdoors, sunglasses that have 97-100% UV protection should be worn. Styles that wrap around to the temples prevent the sun’s rays from entering from the side.

If you are in need of eye safety training for you and your workers, then look no further.  Summit has your Eye Safety training programs covered:

Eye Safety: No Second Chances (DVD/Online)>>

Your workers will develop a respect for eye protection and understand the life-long consequences from not using adequate eye protection. The program presents:

  • Anatomy of the eye
  • Hazard recognition
  • Five most common eye hazards
  • Dangers of UV and infrared light
  • First aid procedures
  • Selection, use and care of eye protection

Eye Safety: Focused on Protection (DVD) >>

Teach your workers that by being proactive, having proper selection and use of eye and face protection, and using safety eye-wear every time it’s needed, workers can preserve their eyesight for a lifetime. This course covers:

  • Workplace Hazards
  • Protective Eye-wear
  • Best Work Practices

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Keep Safety with You Off-the-Job – Be Aware of Summer Recreational Safety

28 Jun

It strikes when you least expect it – especially in the summer.  With all of the opportunities for summer recreational activities, it is important to understand the potential risks during off-the-job activities, keeping your summer full of good, healthy fun.

Exposure can Sneak-Up on You

As the weather gets warmer, so does the potential for danger; a simple, beautiful summer day can also be your worst enemy.  Summer activities involving high air temperatures, such as hot weather and direct sun, summer-related functions, or strenuous have a safe summerphysical activities have a high potential for causing off-the-job health and safety issues.

Here are just a few summer activities that can become dangerous and how to lower your risk for accidents and incidents:

GRILLING – In 2005-2009, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,400 structure fires and 4,800 outside fires. These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian deaths, 120 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.

Safety Tips for Grilling from the NFPA:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

SPORTS – The Center for Disease Control reports that 318 people die each year from heat-related illnesses, some or all of which could be prevented by adequate hydration and heat protection.

Stay safe playing sports with these safety tips:

  •  Make sure you are properly hydrated before recreational play and after.
  • Lather up on sunscreen (and don’t forget to reapply!)
  • Learn the symptoms of and how to handle heat related illnesses.
  • If riding a bike or doing any other activity that may result with a head injury, wear a helmet
  • Wear protective, properly fitting equipment

BOATING – The 2011 statistics gathered in the Boating Accident Report Database report that nearly 70% of all fatal recreational boating accident victims died from drowning.  Of those victims, 84% were not wearing a personal flotation device.  In 2011, there were 4588 accidents, 758 deaths, 3081 injuries, and $52 million in damage reported from recreational boating accidents.

The Recreational Boating Industry offers these safety tips when you are boating:

  • Always wear your life jacket
  • Stay low in the boat and maintain three points of contact
  • Keep one person in the boat while loading supplies
  • Keep three points of contact if you reach outside the hull of the boat
  • Keep an even, balanced load
  • Do not attach the anchor line to the stern of the boat
  • Stay low in the boat when pulling up the anchor
  • Head the bow of the boat directly into the seas or up to a 45 degree angle in rough waters
  • Don’t exceed allowable weight, horsepower rating, or maximum number of people

FIREWORKS - Approximately 9300 people nationwide are seriously injured by fireworks every year, with 40% of all fireworks related injuries due to illegal fireworks that have been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Every year, fireworks are the reason for 400 Americans to lose sight in one or both eyes, for more than 20,000 fires every year, and for approximately 4 deaths.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety has some safety tips for you:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

Summit Can Help!

We have our very own “Off-the-Job Safety: Fun in the Sun” DVD* to ensure your summer activities are full of fun – and safety.  This course covers:

  • Water sport safety
  • Fireworks and associated hazards
  • Preventing overexertion
  • The sun and its effects
  • Warm-up and cool-down sessions for physical activities

*This DVD is also Summit’s Feature of the Month… meaning it’s only $300, $95 off of list price!

Have fun with your off-the-job projects! And remember to stay safe!

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Where in the World is Summit?

25 Jun

Hmm… It’s the end off June and there are a few key members of our company away from their desks… Where could they be?  And no, they are not in the break room getting coffee.

Drum roll please…

They are in Las Vegas, Nevada for the ASSE Conference and Exposition, or known as SAFETY 2013 this year!  Summit is joined by MEDIC First Aid, a fellow member of Health & Safety Institute, at booth #1120.

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Health & Safety Institute announced in January 2013 that Summit Training Source has been added to the family of brands alongside MEDIC First Aid, ASHI, 24-7 EMS, 24-7 Fire, and EMP Canada to bring an expanded portfolio of services to all of our customers.

MEDIC First Aid is a leading provider of corporate CPR, AED, and first aid training programs, with a special focus on standardized, convenient workplace training.

Are you or do you know anyone at SAFETY 2013? Be sure to check out booth #1120 to learn how you can complete your EH&S training initiatives with CPR, AED and First Aid management services.

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EH&S Training – The Benefits You Might Not Know About

21 Jun

What is that little extra ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside about safety training?  That is, besides the great feeling of having a competent understanding of how to stay safe while getting your job done.  Wait… you don’t experience the joy of having safety training that makes you ‘warm and fuzzy’?

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We all know that environmental, safety and health training is an essential tool in the way organizations – and people in general – function.  We also know that it provides the tools and knowledge it takes to save lives every day, allowing mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers to go home to their families day after day.  But what may not be common knowledge is that safety training can be more than just training; it can help you and your company in other ways, too.

Observe – Here are 3 impertinent factors of EH&S training that may cause you to feel much better about how you and your workers train for safety on the job:

1 – Saves time

Time is money, right?  EH&S training allows you and your workers to save time by helping you understand how to work safely, minimizing accidents for a more efficient workflow, allowing projects and schedules to stay on track.  In addition, the type of training can save you time as well.  For example, online training is a great for companies with multiple locations.  It allows employees to access the training from any computer with a web browser at any time, lowering travel costs and time away from work.

2 – Saves money ($)

Yup, you read that correctly.  EH&S training can help you save money. Fist of all, without safety training, your company could face some serious consequences.  Safety training, measures and policies can reduce minor accidents on the job site, downtime resulting from injuries, absent employees due to injuries, filed insurance claims, and loss of money resulting from investigations into claimed injuries.   Secondly, not all EH&S training is created equal.  You need to find the type of training that fits your needs – for example, look at classroom training versus individual training versus onsite training to find what works best for your company so you don’t have to keep purchasing training.

3 – Increases production

How? It’s all in the content.  EH&S training that utilizes technical accuracy and engaging content has proven to increase the effectiveness and retention of material among workers.  And that leads to more workers knowing how to perform their job not only safely and efficiently, but within regulation with safety powers, such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).  Being safe and knowing how to perform your job safely is key to a more confident and productive workforce, increasing your bottom line as well.

Got training?

After reading this, are you in need of that ‘warm and fuzzy’ EH&S training for YOUR company?  Well, you’re in luck, because the writer of this blog works at a company that will provide you with said training.  And I would love to tell you about it.

Please direct your attention to our website, www.safetyontheweb.com, to find the training that fits your needs.

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3 Ways to Transition Your Safety Program to a Green Initiative

18 Jun

When a person makes a green lifestyle choice – to walk or ride a bike, to go solar at home, or drive a hybrid – they typically make those decisions with sustainability in mind, and in some respects, cost savings.  These types of conscious choices help to preserve the resources necessary to sustain our lives and those of future generations.

With a safety training program already in place, companies who look to take the green initiative have to look at more considerations.  Small steps are key in creating large impacts a more environmentally friendly workplace.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here are 3 ways to transition your safety program to a green initiative:

1. Reduce energy use – 

  • When any type of machinery is not being used, turn it off.  This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.
  • Use energy efficient light-bulbs, and turn lights off in an empty work space.

2. Reduce paper use – 

  • Encourage communications by email, and read email messages onscreen to determine whether it’s necessary to print them. If it’s not, don’t!
  • Many times, safety training support materials, such as safety manuals, Powerpoint slides, and booklets, will be available in PDF form, or online.  If you must have a hard copy, print on double sided documents and/or in black and white whenever possible.

3. Conserve water – 

  • When using water faucets to stay in regulation during work, training, cleaning equipment, etc, do not leaving taps dripping; always close them tightly after use – One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 litres per year.
  • Install displacement toilet dams in toilet reservoirs – By placing one or two plastic containers filled with stones (not bricks) in the toilet’s reservoir, it will displace about 4 litres of water per flush – a huge reduction of water use over the course of a year.

Summit Can Help!

Summit offers several options to make your safety training program go green!  With online training options and DVD training with a paperless option for support materials, Summit had what you need to keep your training initiative saving resources.

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Do YOU have any other ideas on what could help you or your company’s safety training program become more “green”?  Tell us about them!

Have a safe day!

Onsite Training – 4 Reasons Why it May be For You

13 Jun

Get what you need, when you need it.  If you use classroom training, have a need for an onsite trainer, and shoulder the responsibility of choosing training for your organization, you know how difficult it can be to find a training provider who is an expert you can rely on, is easy to work with, will work within your training budget.

Here are 4 Reasons why you’ll like onsite training for your site:

On-site training can be a good choice for companies that need to train groups of employees – from 10 to 500 or more. You get a maximum number of employees trained in new skills in a minimal amount of time for one flat fee. They receive the same message at the same time, so everyone gets “on the same page”.

Programs and sessions can be tailored to your specific needs by evaluating your organization’s skills and practices, and making recommendations for improvement. With some onsite training, you can choose a core topic from the literally hundreds we have to offer, and we work with you to tailor the training to solve the business challenges you’re facing and cover the exact issues you want.

On-site training can not only improve your employees’ skills, but can inspire a team like atmosphere and create a greater sense of job satisfaction. As a result, your organization realizes higher morale, lower absenteeism, and greater company loyalty from your team members.

Flexibility in location, format, and scheduling – Onsite training can be held anywhere you need it to, making it convenient and cost effective for your organization with flexible scheduling. Training can be at your headquarters, a branch office, a nearby conference center or hotel, or even at your company retreat or conference. You also have options in format: half-day sessions, full day, two-day programs or ongoing sessions. Training can be delivered any day of the week, nights, weekends and even holidays.

Good thing you can get effortless, site-specific safety training and consulting services from Summit!

Ensure your compliance and injury prevention needs are met to keep your workers safe and productive – with site-specific, onsite training.  The SSA makes onsite training easy by arranging the entire service for you – we select a trainer that fits your specific training needs, chosen from a national network of highly qualified, capable, and experienced safety and health professionals, saving you time and delivering results.

  • Specific safety and compliance training
  • Industrial Hygiene sampling
  • Assistance with regulatory investigation responses
  • Expert testimony
  • Assistance with startup companies to develop a safety program
  • Filling a gap in between full time safety professionals
  • Specific onsite training offerings

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Hazardous Effects of Hazardous Energy – Stay Safe and in Control

11 Jun

First of all…. What is hazardous energy?

Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected start-up or release of stored energy could cause injury to employee

The harmful effects of hazardous energy

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration says that workers servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal! Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts, and others.

  • A steam valve is automatically turned on burning workers who are repairing a downstream connection in the piping.
  • A jammed conveyor system suddenly releases crushing a worker who is trying to clear the jam.
  • Internal wiring on a piece of factory equipment electrically shorts shocking employee who is repairing the equipment.

Craft workers, electricians, machine operators, and laborers are among the 3 million workers who service equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.

What can be done to control hazardous energy?

Failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.

Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy. OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout describes the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment to prevent the release of hazardous energy. The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) establishes the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from hazardous energy. Employers are also required to train each worker to ensure that they know, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAunderstand, and are able to follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures:

  • Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy, addressing and controlling hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. Employers are also required to train each worker to ensure that they know, understand, and are able to follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures. Workers must be trained in the purpose and function of the energy control program and have the knowledge and skills required for the safe application, usage and removal of the energy control devices.
  • All employees who work in the area where the energy control procedure(s) are utilized need to be instructed in the purpose and use of the energy control procedure(s) and about the prohibition against attempting to restart or reenergize machines or equipment that is locked or tagged out.
  • All employees who are authorized to lockout machines or equipment and perform the service and maintenance operations need to be trained in recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources in the workplace, the type and magnitude of energy found in the workplace, and the means and methods of isolating and/or controlling the energy.
  • Specific procedures and limitations relating to tagout systems where they are allowed.
  • Retraining of all employees to maintain proficiency or introduce new or changed control methods.

Source>> http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/controlhazardousenergy/

Summit can Help!

Make sure your employees are focused to insure knowledge transfer to each employee on the proper ways to lockout/tagout a machine, as failure to correctly lockout and tagout a machine before beginning work can have deadly consequences.

Comply with OSHA training requirements and motivate workers to recognize the potential hazards of stored energy and follow established safety procedures to reduce energy release accidents in your plant. Isolation of all common forms of energy found in industry is discussed in Summit’s Lockout/Tagout programs.

Lockout/Tagout: Compliance >> 

Lockout/Tagout: Affected Employees >> 

Lockout/Tagout: Authorized Employees >>

Lockout/Tagout: Employee Awareness >>

Lockout/Tagout: Energy Control >>

Stay in control of your hazardous energy with Summit!

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Get a Lift in Your Safety Training – Know the Safety Precautions for Forklift Training

6 Jun

OSHA estimates there are about 85 forklift fatalities per year, 34,900 serious injuries and 61,800 non-serious injuries.  Additionally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each year nearly 100 workers are killed in forklift accidents and another 20,000 workers are seriously injured.  

These are some serious statistics.  Forklifts are a common sight in most factories and warehouses, used to carry, push, pull, lift and stack loads efficiently and with less strain on workers, but, unfortunately, many workers underestimate how dangerous forklifts can be.

The most common causes of forklift-related fatalities are: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  1. Forklifts overturning (22 percent)
  2. Forklifts striking a pedestrian (20 percent)
  3. Drivers or other employees being crushed by a forklift (16 percent)
  4. Drivers falling from their forklift (9 percent).

Keep Employee Safe

To prevent accidents like these, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, mandates that every forklift operator must be properly trained and certified before using the equipment, with requirements incorporating safe operation, training program implementation, training program content, refresher training and evaluation, avoidance of duplicate training and certification..   The forklift operator training requirement applies to several industries including general industry (1910), shipyards (1915), marine terminals (1917), long-shoring (1918) and construction (1926).

If your workplace uses a forklift, here are ten tips for implementing forklift safety to your workers:

1.       Determine the Type of Training Required – Be sure to pick the type of forklift training that fits your specific need, such as online, video, or onsite.

2.        Training that is Understandable – Provide training programs with a clear and concise message for how to properly use and stay safe on the presented material.  If need be, utilize or create custom training material that reflects the specific environment employees will work in.  Providing training in multiple languages is also a good idea. Content is key!

3.       Include All Potential Operators in the Training – Always include all potential operators in your safety training.  If you operate a forklift in our facility, you must be trained…100% of the time!

4.        Cover the Required Material – OSHA mandates that every forklift operator must be properly trained and certified before OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAusing the equipment.  Make sure the training you administer to your workers provides all of this information.  Also, make sure to cover anything unique about forklift operation at your facility; the OSHA standard is a minimum and may not suffice in your specific facility.

5.       Refresh the Training – OSHA says training for forklifts should be updated every three years; this must be done to keep workers up-to-date and refreshed on forklift safety training.

The main point here is that safety impacts employees’ lives and the financial bottom line. Forklift accidents are predictable and avoidable and with the proper training, employers can prevent many accidents and deaths.

Summit Can Help

Summit has several programs that cover the skills your workers need to stay safe while working with or around forklifts.  Workers who have been trained with Summit’s forklift programs demonstrate greater knowledge of how to safely operate their forklifts and superior driving skill. Reduce the risk for accidents today with Summit.

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Bring Safety to the Forefront this June – It’s National Safety Month

5 Jun

Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month.  This annual observance is meant to educate and influence safe behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

National Safety Month was established in June of 1996 by the National Safety Council to increase awareness of the leading safety and health risks and ultimately decrease the number of unintentional injuries and deaths, with each week focusing on a different safety venue.

This year’s theme, “Safety Starts with Me,” was inspired by the pillar of Leadership and Employee Engagement from the Journey to Safety Excellence, highlighting the need to practice safe behaviors 24/7, as three times as many employees are injured off the job than while at work.

Successful organizations engage everyone in safety and create a culture where people feel a personal responsibility not only for their own safety, but for that of their coworkers, family and friends.  While leadership from the top is important, creating a culture where there is a sense of ownership of safety by all makes everyone in the organization a safety leader.

Here are the 2013 Weekly Themes – And some safety tips to avoid accidents and injuries!

Week 1: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the workplace. Keep these tips in mind to avoid an injury:

  • As you walk, keep an eye on the floor in front of you for spills.
  • If you see a spill, never just walk by it. Always clean it up or call someone to clean it up.
  • Wear nonskid shoes when you work in kitchens, outdoors, or any other place where you will commonly be walking on slippery surfaces.
  • Never climb on shelving units or storage units to get things. Use only approved ladders.
  • Never lean on railings, even if they look solid. They could be improperly secured, and you could fall.
  • Always use safety harnesses when working at heights.

Week 2: Employee Wellness

As an employer, improving employee wellness can boost morale, improve health and fitness and increase productivity in the workplace.

  • Weight Loss – To maximize your calorie burning potential you should participate in 30 minutes to one hour of vigorous exercise 3 – 5 x per week.
  • Energy Boost + Mood Enhancement – Exercising emphasizes the coordination of breathing patterns and movements with the result of increased energy levels and reduced tension.
  • Improved Detoxification of Waste Products – Regular exercise helps the body to eliminate toxic substances from the body.
  • Exercise to Increase Blood Flow – Moderate exercise increases the blood flow to the liver thereby improving its ability to detoxify waste.
  • Improved Immunity – Regular moderate exercise will boost immunity by improving lymphatic and cardiovascular circulation.
  • Reduction in Stress Levels, Anxiety, and Depression –  Regular gentle exercise is one way to improve your overall sense of well-being and removes the by-products of stress that surge through our bodies helping us to find inner calm.

Week 3: Emergency Preparedness

The National Crime Prevention Council offers tips to prepare for an emergency at work.

  • Know your company’s emergency plans.
  • Support each other. Are there employees who could temporarily house, transport, or feed other employees?
  • Know the exit routes and evacuation plans in your building. Know at least two exit routes from each room, if possible. Be able to escape in the dark by knowing how many desks or cubicles are between your workstation and two of the nearest exits.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and medical kits.
  • Make sure there is a designated meeting location and that every employee knows what it is.
  • Make special emergency plans for co-workers who are disabled or may require assistance during an emergency.
  • Never lock fire exits or block doorways, halls, or stairways. However, keep fire doors closed to slow the spread of smoke and fire.
  • Keep your own personal emergency supplies in a desk drawer. Consider a flashlight, walking shoes, a water bottle, and nonperishable food.
  • Have a printed list of important phone numbers at your desk.

Week 4: Ergonomics

You may work with patients who need help getting around or at a factory where you’re lifting boxes on a continual basis. No matter who or what you may be lifting, there are some key points to consider:

  • If you are approaching a box and don’t know what’s in it, try moving it a little with your foot first to see how easily it moves. This will help you gauge how heavy the box is.
  • Always wear nonskid shoes when you are lifting often or lifting potentially heavy objects.
  • Never bend at the waist and lift the box up with your back. Keep your upper body straight and parallel with your lower legs. Grab the item and push up with your legs, not with your back.
  • Never jerk your body around when lifting. You may feel fine after doing this once, but repeated occurrences can easily lead to injury in even the healthiest workers.

Celebrating 100 years of safety

The National Safety Council estimates nearly 6 million lives have been saved through the collaborative efforts of the people working to save lives and prevent injuries within the past 100 years.  The NSC looks forward to work with others to save even more lives in the next century.

Learn more here >>

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