It’s Construction Safety Day, and safety is something we take very seriously here at Vivid. On OSHA’s website you can find a “Quick Card” listing the top four construction hazards, and ways to protect against them. We found OSHA’s list to be a great tool for construction workers, so we decided to pass it on. Here’s the list, along with some extra resources we’ve added to help keep you safe on the job.
- Wear and use personal fall arrest equipment.
- Install and maintain perimeter protection.
- Cover and secure floor openings and label floor opening covers.
- Use ladders and scaffolds safely.
Training Course: Fall Protection for Construction
- Never position yourself between moving and fixed objects.
- Wear high-visibility clothes near equipment/vehicles.
Training Course: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Never enter an unprotected trench or excavation 5 feet or deeper without an adequate protective system in place; some trenches under 5 feet deep may also need such a system.
- Make sure the trench or excavation is protected either by sloping, shoring, benching or trench shield systems.
Training Course: Excavation, Trenching, and Shoring Safety
- Locate and identify utilities before starting work.
- Look for overhead power lines when operating any equipment.
- Maintain a safe distance away from power lines; learn the safe distance requirements.
- Do not operate portable electric tools unless they are grounded or double insulated.
- Use ground-fault circuit interrupters for protection.
- Be alert to electrical hazards when working with ladders, scaffolds or other platforms.
For more information call us at 1-800-956-0333 or visit us at LearnAtVivid.com.
A female college student’s long hair gets caught in a piece of equipment in a chemistry lab, spinning and compressing her neck. Fellow students later find her body, lifeless due to lack of oxygen.
Three people are hospitalized for burns and irritation after a mixture of chemicals ignites a flash fire and sends hazardous vapors into a university lab.
Two students receive medical treatment for burns obtained from a violent chemical reaction and subsequent fire during a lab experiment.
These are real incidents that have occurred in the past five years on our educational campuses.
College and university laboratories are home to numerous hazardous materials that pose a risk to staff and students, which is why we’ve created a new course specifically for laboratory safety and compliance.
Our Laboratory Safety Fundamentals course began as a partnership with the University of California (UC) to create a training course that would encourage a safe work environment in the lab. From UC’s course, we changed a few things to develop a general lab safety course that any higher educational institution can use.
Designed for college and university employees and students working in non-production laboratories and using small quantities of various kinds of hazardous materials, our course covers the general safety and health requirements developed specifically for work in these facilities. Topics include the rights and responsibilities of a laboratory researcher, and a university’s responsibility for maintaining a safe work environment.
Our Laboratory Safety Fundamentals course is unique in that can be used as it is, or customized to meet specific needs. Customization results in a course branded to look and feel like your college or university. Universities can use their own personal logos and university-specific lab images. Or, say a university works with a certain type of chemical or piece of equipment in their labs and they want an extra section dedicated to safety concerning that subject alone. We can create that section and add it to the course.
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Departments at colleges and universities are traditionally responsible for providing training and inspection to ultimately ensure compliance with OSHA regulatory safety standards. Our turn-key online compliance training solution helps EH&S Departments meet their training needs.
Erike Young, EH&S Director at the University of California, had this to say-“We have been trying to think globally in all our initiatives and to develop an improved laboratory safety culture throughout the UC system. Now other institutions can benefit from our efforts to improve their own safety systems by simply customizing parts of this Laboratory Safety Fundamentals course.”
A university or college is a place where students should feel safe to learn and develop their skills and talents. A lab safety training course provides staff and students with the knowledge they need to work safely. Safety measures create more-informed lab workers, and informed lab workers lead to a decline in accidents and injuries.
We want your university or college laboratories to be as safe as possible, and we’d like to help. If you’re interested in online lab safety training, we invite you to check out our Laboratory Safety Fundamentals course and visit our website. Or feel free to call us at 1-800-956-0333. We’d love to speak with you, get to know your specific training needs, and help you keep your staff and students safe while working in the lab.
Watch your step! While slips and falls may sound like a minor accidents, they can cause some serious injuries and even prove fatal.
In fact, slips and falls account for 19,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. That’s enough people to fill up Staples Center.
In this week’s safety tip video, Chris covers simple methods for avoiding slips and falls at work. Check it out so you can put your best foot forward.
How do you work to prevent slips and falls in your workplace? We’d love to hear!
Photo from the Associated Press
At 9:12 a.m. on April 16, 1947 explosions sent smoke billowing into the sky as a ship called S.S. Grandcamp burst into flames on the docks in Texas City.
The incident, now known as the Texas City Disaster, killed 576 people and injured an additional 5,000. A majority of the local fire department, 26 members in all, died in the tragic event.
Aboard the S.S. Grandcamp had been 50,000 bags of ammonium nitrate, each marked simply with the words “FERTILIZER (Ammonium Nitrate).” Another marking on every bag indicated its contents had been made in the United States. What was not, however, marked on each bag was any type of warning label or caution symbol.
The problem was that those living and working near the ship loaded with the bags of ammonium nitrate assumed they were safe. They either didn’t know about the ammonium nitrate or thought the bags of fertilizer posed no real danger. No one had warned them that the S.S. Grandcamp contained dangerous materials.
The huge explosion was set in motion after several 100-pound bags of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer caught on fire. Before those in the dock area knew what was happening, the fertilizer exploded, instantly killing a staggering number of civilians, including children.
In 2011 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced proposals to require anyone selling, buying or transporting 25 pounds or more of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer to register with the agency. No one knows if a federal regulation such as this would have prevented the Texas City Disaster, but it definitely would have decreased the chances of such a terrible accident.
Now, more than 60 years later, the Texas City Disaster still stands as a reminder of the devastating effects of workplace accidents and the importance of safety measures in preventing such incidents. The event was one of the worst workplace accidents in U.S. history, but the memory of the tragedy can continue to drive us toward measures that will help bring millions of workers safely home each night.
Call 1-800-956-0333 or visit us at LearnAtVivid.com to gain access to safety resources and courses.