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September Safety Topics

September Safety Topics

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Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #70
PPE
PPE stands for personal protective equipment which we use in our daily work activities. OSHA givesemployers responsibility for ensuring that employees wear appropriate PPE to reduce exposure tohazardous conditions such as falling objects, noise exposure, toxic atmospheres, etc. Personal protectionis the main objective and each of us must follow our employer's safety requirements.The first form of PPE is a hard hat. This safety device provides us with an impact resistant covering thatprotects the head. We know that all of our body functions are controlled by 'that gray matter' inside ourhead, so don't take chances -- protect your brain -- wear your hard hat at all times!Many other forms of PPE are available to you. Hearing protection in the form of ear plugs or muffsreduces the amount of noise reaching your ear drums, thereby preserving your hearing. Respiratorsprovide protection against toxic substances that might enter our bodies through our respiratory systems.Safety belts with lanyards and full body harnesses are types of personal fall protection, but they areeffective only if we use them.The eyes and face are another area that needs to be protected. There are many types and sizes of spectacles and goggles to protect the eyes and each has a special application. Be sure you read themanufacturer's instructions before wearing them and choose the right type. Face shields should be worn if potential danger exists from physical, chemical or radiation agents.Personal Protective Equipment can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, hot, etc. and employees occasionallydon’t wear it even though they know they may be risking injury. Any worker who fails to wear requiredPPE should be disciplined.Evaluate your work operations and define the hazards. Check with your supervisor for necessary PPErequirements and resolve to wear them. An ounce of protection is worth a pound or cure.
KEEP YOUR PPE CLEAN AND IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. REPLACE ANY DEFECTIVEGEAR IMMEDIATELY.
 
Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #71
REFUELING
How much do you know when it comes to refueling small equipment, large equipment, motor vehicles ormachinery? Internal combustion engines all run on some type of fuel. Take a look around the constructionsite. What do you see? You will find portable generators, water pumps, air compressors, chain saws, andcut off saws. Motor vehicles may include pickup trucks, vans, dump trucks, flat bed trucks, motor graders,bulldozers, cranes, etc. The list could go on and on depending on the size of the job.Always remember that when you are refueling you're dealing with flammable liquids which form vaporsthat can easily catch fire or explode. The golden rule is: Never Smoke Around Flammable Liquids Put allsmoking materials out well in advance of any refueling and remind co-workers to do the same. Thesecond rule to remember is to let that small engine cool off before you start the refueling. This is hard todo because the engine always seems to run out of fuel in the middle of what you are trying to get done,but a hot engine and flammables may cause a flash fire or explosion. A few minutes to let the engine cooldown could prevent serious injury or even a fatality.When dispensing flammable liquids make sure to use only approved storage containers. Use a safety canto store flammables. Never use glass bottles or plastic milk jugs - they are not approved. The containershould have a self-closing lid and a label describing the contents. When dispensing from large storagetanks or at a fuel pump, the same safety rules apply. Shut the motor off prior to filling the fuel tank.As a construction worker you have many pieces of equipment that require the use of flammable liquids.Practice fuel safety at all times (both on and off the job). Follow all your employers rules and report fuelspills to your supervisor immediately. Know where proper fire extinguishers are located (try to have onewith you while refueling) and how to use the extinguisher correctly. Your life may depend on it!
Before dispensing any flammable liquid be sure the area is well ventilated.
 
Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #76
SHORTCUTS ARE KILLERS
Most of us have the necessary skills and knowledge to do our jobs well, and most of us don't want to hurt ourselves or anyoneelse. Why then do we take 'shortcuts,' setting up ourselves and others for injury? The following is a list of things we often do,even though we know we shouldn't!1. You can't fool safety devices - but we remove or wedge back safety guards so they won't protect us!2. We shouldn't take a chance when operating heavy equipment - but we don't use the seat belt that is provided!3. We know that flames or sparks are not permitted around flammable liquids - but some of us smoke around them!4. A protruding nail in a guard rail can cause an injury - but we don't bother to remove it or bend it over.5. Horseplay causes a lot of injuries on the job - but many of us continue to play practical jokes.6. A circular saw can amputate a finger - but we insist on using the saw without a guard!7. We know the safe way to climb a ladder - but we climb it with one hand full of tools!8. We should wear our personal protective equipment - but we leave our goggles strapped up on our hard hats!9. We know better than to use chemicals without reading the MSDS - but we use the chemical anyway!10. We should wear a life jacket when working over water - but we go out over the water without one!11. A bump or bruise to the head ran realty hurt - but we continue to work without our hard hats.12. It's dangerous to block fire fighting equipment - but we stack boxes of material in front of fire extinguishers!13. We know not to work within 10 feet of a power line - but there's just one more load of steel to be unloaded and it won'thappen to me!This is a short list, you can probably think of a lot more because we all, at one time or another, have been guilty of takingshortcuts. Usually it's because we are attempting to save some time. Occasionally someone comes up with an idea that works,and is a time-saver. That's great, as long as safety is not sacrificed. Your life and your health are too important to risk by takingstupid chances, and that is exactly what 999 out of 1000 shortcuts are - stupid! Get smart - think safety first - always!
Don't take Shortcuts! If you're injured, the minute you saved may cost you days, weeks, or months of recovery time.

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