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November Safety Topics

November Safety Topics

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Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #18
Let's take a short elementary test. Can you tell me how many basic senses there are and can you namethem? Taste, smell, hearing, touch and sight. Of the five, which is the one that we depend upon the most?You guessed it -- it's sight. Everything we do involves the use of our eyes and God only gave us two. Howmany times have you said or heard -- "He should have worn his safety glasses." -- or -- "If I had beenwearing my safety glasses I wouldn't have injured my eye." -- Too many times!Eye protection begins with the ability to recognize those times that eye protection is needed, and then, toseriously commit to wear the protection whenever necessary. Anytime you're working where there is thepotential for flying particles eye protection is required. When using a saw, drill, pouring concrete,chipping, blasting or handling chemicals just to name a few. Dirt, dust, rust, rock, bits of concrete, etc. areall potential dangers in construction work.Should a member of your crew get something in their eye seek proper medical attention right away. Thelonger it stays in the worse it gets. No one but a professional should attempt to remove a foreign bodyfrom the eye. Cover the eye lightly with a clean pad and either wait for medical help to arrive or take theemployee to a doctor.Don't forget that eye protection is also needed when using chemicals. Make sure you're using chemicalgoggles and a splash shield. You may need to flush the eyes should they come in contact with thechemical. Emergency first aid procedures are discussed in the Material Safety a Sheet for the particularchemical. Let's wrap up what we've learned. Eyesight is precious -- and -- irreplaceable. Don't takechances with your vision -- wear eye protection!
Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #22
OSHA has released a final rule covering FALL PROTECTION in the construction industry. Does thisnew standard cover you as a construction worker? You bet it does! It is called Subpart M and the effectivedate was February 6, 1995. The procedures specified in this new standard are intended to preventemployees from failing off, onto, or through working levels, and to protect them from falling objects.The new standard stresses three types of protection to be used for fall protection. They are GUARDRAILSYSTEMS, SAFETY NET SYSTEMS, AND PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS. It's up to youremployer to determine which method is going to be used when an employee is on a walking or workingsurface, horizontal or vertical, with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet or more above a lowerlevel. This includes floors, roofs, ramps, bridges, runways, etc., but not ladders, vehicles, or trailers, onwhich employees must be located in order to perform their job. Leading edges, residential constructionand precast concrete erection may be exceptions to the rule. In these cases the employer must have aqualified person develop a written fall protection plan for the specific area in which this type of work isbeing performed. The plan must be maintained and kept up to date.As a construction worker you also need to know that the subpart does NOT apply when employees aremaking an inspection, investigation, or assessment of workplace conditions prior to the actual start of construction work, or after all construction has been completed.In addition, Subpart M specifies that as of January 1, 1998, body belts are not be acceptable as part of apersonal fall arrest system, (Note: the use of a body belt in a positioning device system will beacceptable.) The use of a non-locking snaphook as a part of personal fall arrest systems and positioningdevice systems will be prohibited. What this means to you is that non-locking snaphooks and body beltsare a thing of the past in the construction industry. Workers will be using full body harnesses with lockingsnaphooks for fall arrest systems. .
Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #28
Just the thought of being a burn victim is most unpleasant - but - as a construction worker you know thatthere are many opportunities for burn injuries to occur every day. Your job can bring you into contactwith hot surfaces, flammable liquids, gasoline motors, torches, welding equipment, portable heaters,chemicals, electricity, and the sun and wind, all of which can cause burns. All burns are painful and thedanger of infection must be addressed. Most burns require professional medical attention.First Degree Bums - affect the outer layer of skin such as sunburn or contact with a hot objects. The skinwill
be red and sore. First aid treatment: apply cold water to the burned area or submerge the area in coldwater. Apply a sterile dressing. Second Degree Bums - affect the entire outer layer of skin and maypenetrate deeper. The skin usually blisters. These burns are caused by a bad sunburn, contact with hotliquids, or burns from gasoline for example. First aid treatment: apply cold water as you would for a firstdegree burn, or use a cold pack, or cover the burn with a cold, wet dressing. Don't break blisters or useointments, antiseptics, etc. Seek professional medical help. Third Degree Burns - penetrate both layers of skin and are very serious! Contact with flames, burning clothing, or electricity can cause third degreeburns. First aid treatment: if clothing is on fire, drop and roll the victim to extinguish the flames, coverburn area with a sterile dressing, never use cold water, ointments, antiseptics, etc. Get medical help atonce!Here are a few tips to prevent burn accidents:Keep sparks and open flames away from combustible and flammable materials.Practice good housekeeping - dispose of scrap materials promptly and properly.Always keep chemicals in their original containers with labels, and use chemicals safely, check the MSDSand use caution when pouring hot liquids - even that morning cup of coffee.Observe all electrical codes - lock-out/tag-out energy sources before working on machinery or equipment.Cover live electrical panels and post warning signs.Wear the right personal protective equipment for the job.
Burns occur off the job, too. Keep children away from matches, portable heaters, ranges andfireplaces. Store flammables and combustibles properly.

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