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Robots, Automation, and Workplace Safety: 7 Common Hazards

Robots, Automation, and Workplace Safety: 7 Common Hazards

It’s been more than thirty years since OSHA published Guidelines for Robotics Safety in 1987. Since then, automated systems and are robots are used in all kinds of industries to complete all types of jobs – from material handling to fabrication to security. Robotics have given companies the chance to dramatically increase operational efficiency while

Addressing Lockout/Tagout for National Electrical Safety Month

Addressing Lockout/Tagout for National Electrical Safety Month

Since May is National Electrical Safety Month, it’s the perfect time to address common electrical hazards in your workplace. One of the most important components of electrical safety is the control of hazardous energy, AKA lockout/tagout. Electrical energy can be fatal when accidentally released, and employees are at risk for shock, burns, electrocution, or other

5 Ways to Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month

5 Ways to Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month

The month of May is National Electrical Safety Month, designated by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), and designed to promote electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. The annual campaign aims to reduce the number of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss that occur all too often. OSHA estimates there are approximately

Five Common Safety Blind Spots

Five Common Safety Blind Spots

Improving workplace safety is a challenging task, and one that is never ending. When done properly, however, it can help to avoid accidents and even save lives. Many businesses focus on implementing safety standards, and ensuring equipment is properly maintained to avoid safety issues. While these are both very good things to do, it can

15 Epic Safety Fails & How to Avoid Them

15 Epic Safety Fails & How to Avoid Them

Workplace safety is extremely important and it’s something most people reading this page think about on a regular basis. Those who work in this industry often get to a point where they don’t see very many egregious safety failures because companies that employ safety managers typically have at least some standards in place. Every day

The Recipe for Complete Lockout Tagout

The Recipe for Complete Lockout Tagout

When looking to improve the safety of employees and the overall facility during maintenance and other work on machines, there are few things better than the lockout tagout system. This system is designed specifically to prevent accidents and injuries when personnel are working in and around potentially dangerous machines. For example, if someone is going

Lockout Tagout Mistakes – 6 Ways to Eliminate Them

Lockout Tagout Mistakes – 6 Ways to Eliminate Them

Eliminating Lockout Tagout Mistakes When it comes to protecting people while working on machines within a facility, few things are as effective as following the lockout tagout procedures. If you are not already using this safety method, it is a process in which the person (or people) who are going to be working in a

10 Construction Safety Facts that May Surprise You

10 Construction Safety Facts that May Surprise You

Make Construction Safety a Priority Everyone knows that construction sites can be very dangerous. The more you know about the types of danger you will face, however, will help you to take steps toward keeping everyone safe. Look over the following 10 safety facts and see what you can learn about how to improve the

10 Items for Your Safety Hazards Checklist

10 Items for Your Safety Hazards Checklist

Get Started with a Safety Hazards Checklist Keeping a facility safe is extremely important, and as a safety manager or other leader in the facility it is often going to be your responsibility to ensure there are no unnecessary hazards. One of the best ways to do this is to make a safety hazards checklist

General Machine Guarding – 1910.212

General Machine Guarding – 1910.212

Basic Overview of Machine Guarding Standard – 1910.212 When it comes to facility safety, few things are as important, or as despised, as machine guarding. Employees often look at general machine guarding as something that gets in the way of doing their job, and slows them down more than anything. While it is certainly true

Top 6 Losses in OEE

Top 6 Losses in OEE

OEE and Understanding the Most Common Areas of Loss Tracking your facility’s productivity is an important way to keep up to date on how efficient your business is operating, and how to make improvements. The OEE standard helps manufacturing companies keep track of how things are going, and identify where they are experiencing excessive downtime

Facility Safety Frequently Asked Questions

Facility Safety Frequently Asked Questions

Facility Safety Questions and Answers When it comes to improving safety in a facility, people have all sorts of questions. In many cases the questions are about specific situations related to their own facility. These questions often require very detailed answers and looking at how the laws or regulations apply to a specific situation. For

How to Train Employees on Lockout/Tagout Systems

How to Train Employees on Lockout/Tagout Systems

Maintenance workers have dangerous jobs; when crawling around inside machinery for repairs, there’s always a risk that someone will come along and start a piece of equipment without knowing that there’s someone inside. This is true whether the risk comes from shock/electrocution, crushing, or any other kind of hazard. In order to minimize this risk,

Go for the Gold: Create an Accident-Free Work Environment

Go for the Gold: Create an Accident-Free Work Environment

What is one of the leading causes of production loss within a company? If you guessed accidents, you are correct. Accidents, whether they are big or small take a toll on nearly everyone in the company. When an accident happens, employees may be injured, equipment or processes must be paused, accident reports must be filed,

Make Lockout/Tagout Programs Effective

Make Lockout/Tagout Programs Effective

Effective lockout/tagout programs are possible if certain criteria are met. Missing just one step of OSHA’s LOTO program could place employees in real danger risking either severe bodily harm or even death. Just imagine working on a piece of hazardous equipment and someone unknowingly starts the equipment while you are directly under the point of

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