Food Engineering Magazine performed their 37th Annual Plant Construction Survey and found that the number of reportable new construction projects was down a bit from 2012. With a total of 555 projects, down 45 projects from 2012’s 600 reportable projects, the article on the Food Engineering Website speculates several reasons why the number of projects could be down from last year:
In an article on www.ehstoday.com, David Rebbitt discusses the risks workers and employers are willing to take with safety in the workplace. The title “Risk Tolerant or Control Deprived”Safety Risk Hierarchy describes the struggle that employees may have when faced with risks that they recognize as a problem but may not have the resources or knowledge available to effectively take care of. With all the talk of making sure companies have a good safety culture, employees need to be made more aware or given more of an opportunity to eliminate risks.
Human error is an inevitable part of life. We make errors every day. Reducing the amount of human error in the work place in order to prevent injury needs to be focused on continuously, especially as workers gain longevity and become more comfortable in the work place. Tom Harvey spoke at Safety 2014 on how to reduce the frequency and severity of human error. He provided these suggestions:
We’ve all heard that investing in safety NOW can save money and increase production in the FUTURE, but how much money can actually be saved? According to an article in Safety and Health Magazine for every $1 spent on prevention a return between $2-$6 can be expected. While these savings might not be apparent immediately that amount of savings in the long run can be huge!
Last week the NSC focused on preventing slips, trips and falls as part of their National Safety Month. While safety is important everyday, the month of June has been set apart by the NSC as a special time to focus on specific safety tips and education. The NSC put out these simple instructions on how to prevent a slip and fall accident.
It takes hard work, dedication, an organized operation and a high quality standard to have your company certified by ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. Companies who have passed the certification process are able to utilize the title, letting suppliers and customers know their high level of standards. Currently ISO 9001 is undergoing a revision that will be updated by the end of 2015.
Loading docks are a crucial part of any business. Shipping products out and receiving goods in while keeping workers and items safe may seem like a “no-brainer” but this process really needs to be inspected and perfected.
Last week marked a special day of remembrance for OSHA and employees in many companies around the world. April 28, 1971 is not only the day that OSHA was established but now marks a special day called various names such as Workers Memorial Day, the Day of Mourning or World Day for Safety. The day is set apart so that every work related death, injury or illness is remembered as more than just a statistic but as the loss of “a loved ones life, the diminution or loss of a father’s or mother’s ability to provide for family needs, or a medical crisis that can have lifelong consequences,” quotes Dr. John Howard, NIOSH’s director.