Your lungs are pretty important. So are your kidneys, liver and brain. But if your job exposes you to hazardous airborne contaminants, these organs and others are at risk for disease and illness.
So what can you do about it? The answer is as simple as wearing the proper respiratory equipment. Respiratory equipment prevents around 4,000 illnesses and 900 deaths each year. In this week’s safety tip, Chris shows us the best types of respirators to use for different airborne hazards.
If you liked this video then you might also want to check out our Workplace Respiratory Hazards and Protection post.
Learn more about respiratory safety with our Basic Respiratory Protection course, and gain access to other safety resources and training courses. Or contact us directly by calling 1-800-956-0333 or visiting LearnAtVivid.com.
Bloodborne pathogens are viruses and bacteria found in human blood or body fluids. Bloodborne pathogens can cause diseases, most notably HIV and the Hepatitis B virus.
Employers and employees should always err on the side of safety when it comes to bloodborne pathogens. Safety training is essential. While it’s obvious that medical personnel and dental workers need bloodborne pathogen training, it’s essential that those who work in other industries receive training as well. From construction sites to office settings, numerous hazards exist that could expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. You never know when you may need to administer first aid or clean up after an accident.
Bloodborne pathogen training should include protective measures. Here are some steps to help protect against exposure and contamination to bloodborne diseases:
Treat All Fluids As Infectious
The first rule in handling human blood and body fluids is to always handle it as if it is infectious. Even if you believe the fluid is disease-free, treating it as hazardous provides you with protection that you may be very thankful for later. Handling blood and body fluids is not an area you want to approach casually.
Use Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is extremely important in preventing contact with blood. PPE is equipment and clothing that reduce exposure to hazardous substances and protect against other dangers. Some common forms of PPE that lessen the likelihood of contracting a disease through blood and other body fluids are gloves, gowns, and face protection.
Latex gloves and vinyl aprons or gowns are recommended when dealing with blood and body fluids. They protect your skin from coming in contact with infectious fluids. Face protection, such as face shields and eye goggles, prevent blood from entering mucous membranes via the eyes, nose or mouth.
Protect Yourself First
When administering first aid, protect yourself first before treating the victim. This may be hard when a co-worker is hurt, but you are putting yourself at extreme risk when you don’t use protective equipment. Before you treat a wound or begin cleaning blood off the floor, put on the proper PPE for the situation to prevent contamination.
Clean Up The Right Way
Using protective measures when cleaning up blood and body fluids after an injury is just as important as using PPE and caution while treating the injury itself. When cleaning up broken glass that has been exposed to blood or body fluids, never use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves. Get rid of contaminated broken glass with tongs, or a brush and dust pan.
If you get blood or body fluids on you clothing, carefully turn the garment inside out as you remove it to prevent spreading the contaminants. After removing personal protective equipment and dirty clothing, wash all affected body parts to remove potentially infectious contamination.
Use Safe Disposal Practices
Get rid of materials that have come in contact with blood and body fluids safely. Handle all trash as if it contains sharps or infectious items. Place all potentially infectious materials and contaminated items in labeled, sealable containers. Make sure containers are marked with a biohazard label or color coded (usually red).
To learn more about protecting against bloodborne pathogens check out our online Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) course, or call us at 1-800-956-0333. Visit us at LearnAtVivid.com to browse additional safety courses.
Have an achy back? Feeling some wrist discomfort? That pain you’re experiencing could be due to poor ergonomics.
Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging your surroundings to reduce stress and injuries associated with bad posture and overuse of muscles. In this week’s safety tip video you’ll learn how to set up your work space to minimize the frequency and severity of your exposure to elements that can cause stress and injuries.
Enjoy this post? Then you’ll want to check out this infographic on reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Want to learn more about office ergonomics and industrial ergonomics, gain access to safety resources, and check out safety training courses? Call us at 1-800-956-0333 or visit us at LearnAtVivid.com.
Accidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) can be catastrophic. Often, materials and goods are destroyed, vehicles and property are damaged, and people are injured. In worst cases, fatalities occur.
The law firm Fried Rogers Goldberg, LLC released an inforgraphic displaying characteristics and leading causes of trucking accidents. Check out the infographic and content below to learn ways to help prevent CMV accidents.
One key to preventing trucking accidents is making sure that drivers are in the best physical condition possible. Having healthy drivers on the road is so important that the government requires all new commercial motor vehicle drivers to learn about driver wellness.
Our Driver Wellness course covers six key driver wellness topics. These include diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, the use of alcohol and other controlled substances, and smoking. You will discover relevant health hazards associated with each, and we will provide some tips for healthier living (and safer driving).
Here are some other transportation safety courses that may interest you:
Enjoy this post? Check out “Tips For Preventing Driver Fatigue” as well.