We’d like to take a poll. It’s very simple. We are going to ask you a question. If it applies to you, raise your hand…if it doesn’t, don’t. Easy right? Okay good, let’s get started….
Raise your hand if you are, or have ever been a member of the work force…go ahead, don’t be shy, raise them hands.
Of those who raised their hand, have you ever been injured on the job?…Hm, quite a few hands went up, now we are getting somewhere.
And lastly, out of those injured, did your injuries occur due to a lack of following proper safety guidelines?
Yeah, we were afraid that was going to be the case. It’s okay, we aren’t here to judge, we are here to help! We at Speakman take safety seriously. Which is why we are constantly trying to create innovative ways to enhance safety in the work place. By complying to safety recommendations and standards, our engineers are consistently inventing products that revolutionize the safety industry.
Take for example our latest eyewash station, the Speakman SEF-1850. After taking a look at several laboratories across our country, we began seeing an underlying problem. We at Speakman could build the best, most efficient eyewash station ever to be constructed with soothing, relieving sprays of aerated water…but it falls short when we found that many eyewash stations are not well located, difficult to find and often go untested due to the mess they create.
So we sat down, addressed the issues at hand and created a product that aimed to solve the dilemmas we found in the lab. We built the SEF-1850 eyewash station to possess the capability of being installed into standard laboratory sinks…which let’s be honest, it’s the first place we instinctively go when faced with an eye injury. We built it to allow both the faucet and the eyewash to work independently from each other. We installed two separate water supplies into the body of the SEF-1850 to ensure that scalding water can never flush into the eyes of the victim. And lastly, the fact that it is installed into a sink makes testing the eyewash system an effortlessly clean process.
But sometimes safety can be strenuous. Most accidents around the workplace occur because employees had no idea they were about to be involved in an unsafe situation. And no matter how many safety products we produce, we don’t want you to use them. That may sound odd to you, but we want you to be accident free at all times.
And we’re not the only ones…
In 1970 congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Since OSHA’s inception, workplace fatalities have been reduced by 65 percent, and workplace deaths went from 38 a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2011.
Yet today OSHA remains relatively small. In fact, they have approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the safety of 130 million workers, translating to just 1 officer for every 59,000 workers.
So we want to help, and provide simple tips that could help make your workplace not only OSHA compliant, but safe for your own benefit.
1. Train Your Employees:
Simple right? You’d think so, but most accidents occur due to improper training. Make sure your employees know proper emergency procedures, know where safety equipment is located and know how to use safety equipment. Make sure any hazardous materials are labeled correctly, make sure your employees know what they are and what they do and how to handle them. Train. Train. Train. Knowledge is key. Your employees should have Ph.D’s in Safety from the College of Knowledge when working for your company or organization.
2. Protective Gear:
Make sure your employees wear hard hats when overhead hazards exist. And no, not the cool ones with your favorite sport team’s logo plastered on the side, only certified hard hats are allowed. And although you think wearing your hard hat backwards looks cool, it doesn’t, and it’s extremely unsafe…so just don’t do it. Wear eye protection at all times you are around potential hazard materials that can cause injuries to your eye. In 2008, 27,450 non-fatal workplace eye injuries resulting in days out of work were reported. So please wear proper eye protection!
Are you up to date on proper regulations? Do you have any idea what the regulations are or mean? Is this blog the first time you’ve ever even heard of OSHA? Well, then head over to their website this instant where you’ll be able to get oustanding information for safety in the workplace.
Alright, the rest is up to you. although OSHA has drastically improved deaths from 38 to 13 a day, it is still 13 to many. Simple steps can literally be the difference between life and death.
For more information on OSHA, visit their website here for amazing information on regulations, statistics, training and other great infomation.
To learn more about the Speakman SEF-1850, click here.
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