with the Right Products & Equipment
A safe and healthy workforce is a cornerstone of any successful business.
To control and prevent workplace hazards effectively, companies should always use a hazard control plan to guide the selection and implementation of controls. According to OSHA guidelines for hazard prevention and control, companies should take certain steps.
Here are these steps:
Some industries have a higher degree of risk than others. If your type of business is on this list, there is a good chance that the safety standards and the equipment you use have greater regulations and requirements than those that are not.
The industries with the most risk include:
Cotton farming can mean exposure to air contaminants and cotton dust. Exposure to raw cotton dust is recognized as a serious inhalation hazard by the CDC. Short-term health effects from cotton dust exposure include tightness across the chest and difficulty breathing. Long-term effects include asthma and byssinosis, also known as "brown lung" disease, which is permanent and disabling, according to OSHA.
Safety realities of textile milling include prolonged standing, which can mean plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue that goes from the heel to the toe. Other hazards include risk of tendinitis and back pain, overexertion, carpal tunnel syndrome, tearing injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles, dangerous contact with machinery, and exposure to prolonged loud noise from machinery, which can lead to irreversible hearing damage and loss.
Safety hazards involved with coal mining include mine wall failures and vehicle collisions as well as underground mining hazards including suffocation, gas poisoning, roof collapse, rock bursts and outbursts (a sudden explosion of coal gas and dust) and gas explosions, which can consume an entire pit.Learn More
Warehouse dangers include physical strain from lifting, repetitive motions and simply moving a lot, exposure to moving machinery with dangerous parts, falling objects, exposure to asbestos and other harmful substances, and slips trips and falls.
Meatpacking workers work on lines that can speed up to 400 cattle packing per hour. Workers have to use hand-knives to prepare animal carcasses for the automotive portion of the job. This subjects them to repetitive-motion ergonomic injury and to knife bladeinjuries.
Construction workers leave themselves open to falls, injuries using saws and equipment with moving parts, and other hazards.Learn More
Health care workers have always experienced a greater risk of contracting the diseases the patients they care for have, but in today’s climate they are subject to exposure from COVID-19.Learn More
Food service workers are subject to equipment hazards, high decibel noise exposure, chemical spills, and other biological hazards.Learn More
Manufacturing workers are subject to falls, equipment hazards, machine guarding, forklift and truck crashes, and electrical hazards.Learn More
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the top industries with the highest rate of injuries are:
Within the aggregate collection of industries in operation today, there are some industries that experience more fatal injuries than others annually.
Here is a list of such industries.
Workplace safety across industries is a hot button issue today. We have seen the different industries that come with safety hazards and the ones with the most fatal injuries, and they are not few. But safety assurance requires hiring staff to implement the programs put in place to ensure workplace safety and regular creation and review of plans to ensure workplace safety. Using industry-specific safety supplies, tools, gear, and equipment is not only a foundation for staying industry compliant, avoiding work stoppages and costly fines, but it is also, most importantly, a way to minimize the health risks to employees, the general public and the surrounding environment.