Saturday, January 22, 2005

Safety Programs in your building

Safety is not just knowing not to stick your hand in a running machine. It's also knowing not to overload outlets, to not use electrical items that are not properly grounded and so on. To assist you in working out a work-site safety program in your office, here are some relevant websites:

From OSHA we have: Office Safety

From the CDC we have: Office Related Safety

From OSU we have: Online Office Safety Library

From the Underwriters Labs we have: Emergency Planning

and for those who are developing safety programs at work here is an excellent source of material including overheads, films, leaflets etc... from

Office safety is often overlooked by many planning safety programs for industrial plants. I hope these links have provided some important information and advice.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Additional Winter Safety Information

Some other tips, hints and thoughts about winter safety.

Isn't it peculiar that we all have (or should have!) emergency supplies at home and in our cars? You know, extra flashlights, batteries, radio, blankets, maybe some canned food and bottled water, candles, matches etc...

How many of us have these same things at work? Does our workplace have any winter preparations besides the first aid cabinet on the wall?

Has a good list and advice for surviving winter emergencies.

As well as the American Red Cross

Winter driving also presents a different set of challenges and FEMA has some great suggestions on this as well.

Thanks for stopping by, new posts early next week.
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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Winter Safety Tips

Winter here in Wisconsin is bizarre to say the least. 51 one day, 4 degrees the next.

Take the proper precautions to protect your employees, guests and your facility.

Apply a proper amount of salt or ice melt to your sidewalks. But not so much that the un-dissolved salt becomes a slipping hazard in it's own right. There are a number of different products available for ice melting. A brief description can be found at MadScience. Additional information can be found at Declaring War on Ice.

Make sure you have adequate walk-off mats in your entrances and that they cover at least 10 feet into the building. Mats also help to protect your building from the abuse of not only the salt, ice melter but also dirt, sand, grit and other debris that can damage floor coverings, tile and carpet. A great selection of mats can be found at
Mats can also be rented instead of purchased. Companies like American Industrial can deliver and pick up mats on a regular schedule.

When you have your own staff or a service remove snow from your sidewalks instruct them to clear the snow back at least 1 foot from the sidewalk edge. This will help prevent the melting snow from returning to the sidewalk as water and later re-freezing into ice.

Thanks for reading. We will have additional winter safety tips in future posts.