Cold stress can be extremely hazardous, and proper precautions must be in place to keep workers safe. There are many ways to identify cold stress, and OSHA’s cold stress card is an excellent place to start. OSHA identifies three common types of stress and how to prevent them.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders occur when the physical capabilities of the worker do not match the physical requirements of the job. Designing work stations and tools to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders helps workers stay healthy and makes for a safer work environment.
Recently, on a hot, humid day, a contractor was demolishing some old concrete around my home. I noticed the abrasive saw puffing out a cloud of white dust. I walked outside with a box of disposable NIOSH-approved N95 respirator masks and asked the boss to hand them out. He laughed!
Slips, trips, and falls are among the highest causes of injuries at both work and home, reaching over 30,000 deaths and over 40,000 injuries per year! Statistics can’t begin to tell the story of how serious injuries impact lives. Worst of all, most falls can, and certainly should, be prevented.