News & Views Month: March 2022
Bloodborne pathogens are something that everyone should be aware of. While you may not be exposed to them on a daily basis, you should understand what potentially infections materials are and how exposure occurs. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. In addition to Bloodborne pathogens, you should also be aware of Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) such as bodily fluids. In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must meet the requirements of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) where employees are likely to be exposed to such hazards. Continue Reading →
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the construction industry has the second-highest rate of suicide in the U.S. There are approximately 123 suicides per day. That breaks down to one death by suicide every 12 minutes. In construction, it is typical for us to discuss physical safety on a daily basis. The focus of our work plans has been on keeping ourselves and our co-workers safe from bodily harm. What we have not typically talked about is our mental health. When you see someone physically struggling with a task, do you stop them and ask them if they need help? What about our mental state and the ability to perform the task at hand? Do we conduct a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to see what hazards are floating around in our heads that day? When we see someone emotionally struggling, do we stop them and ask them if they need help? Continue Reading →
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